Honors Program

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The Business Honors Program is a full-year program earning 8 credits.

An Honors Project in the Business Program may be one of the following alternatives:

*An enriched business plan is a business plan that contains a research component

Business majors qualify to apply for the Business Honors Program if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. They are rising seniors

  2. They have a cumulative "BUS GPA" of at least 3.666. The "BUS GPA" is based on all BUS courses, not including BUS 89a or BUS 98a

  3. They have completed AT LEAST the following courses in the Business Program: BUS 71a, BUS 152a and one of the following: BUS 114a, BUS 120a, BUS 130a, BUS 135a, BUS 160a, BUS 172a.

  4. Additional course requirements are listed in the Business Honors Program pre-requisites list.

Normally candidates for Honors in Business enroll in BUS 99a in the fall semester of their senior year and in BUS 99b in the spring semester. To be admitted to BUS 99a, a student must submit a one-page project proposal to the Honors Coordinator at last three weeks in advance of the Registrar's deadline for fall enrollment. The proposal should specify the type of project, the question(s) the student's project will address and the methods and data to be used. The Honors Coordinator will form a committee to judge whether the project seems feasible and appropriate. If the committee approves the proposal, the Honors Coordinator will attempt to assign a primary advisor and second reader with expertise in the relevant area of interest.

If the proposal is approved and both primary advisor and second reader are assigned, the Honors Coordinator will provide the student with a code to enroll in BUS 99a.

Candidates will be admitted to BUS 99b only if the progress they made in BUS 99a is judged satisfactory by the assigned primary advisor and second reader, as well as by the Honors Coordinator. BUS 99a and BUS 99b each earn 4 credits but do not count as electives for the BUS major. Students must register for both BUS 99a and BUS 99b to be considered for Honors in Business.

Students scheduled to graduate in December should consult the Honors Coordinator as early as possible, but in any case, before the start of the spring term prior to their expected graduation. To be admitted to BUS 99a, December graduates must submit a one-page project proposal to the Honors Coordinator at least three weeks in advance of the Registrar's deadline for spring enrollment.

The level of honors awarded, which is decided by the department faculty, depends on the quality of the project as judged by the primary advisor, second reader and the entire BUS faculty. Honors candidates whose BUS GPA falls below 3.666 during their senior year may only continue in the Honors Program with the approval of the Honors Coordinator.

All students considering a BUS Honors project should begin early to think about a topic and to plan their senior year to accommodate a substantial research program.