Honors Program Guidance

To: Business Majors who are seniors in the 2017-2018 Academic Year

From: Hagit Weihs, Honors Coordinator for the Business Program

Subject: Guidance on the Business Honors Program

Date: July 13, 2017

Dear Business Majors,

As the new academic year approaches, I am distributing this memo to inform those of you who are interested in writing an Honors Project of the requirements and procedures of the program. Please read through this document.

I. Application Process and Enrollment:

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

  • An enriched* business plan for a start-up or for a real estate venture or a business analysis of a company

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

  • A senior thesis

2. Business majors qualify to participate in the Business Honors Program if they meet all of the following requirements:

  • They are rising seniors
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Additional course requirements are listed in the Business Honors Program pre-requisites list

3. To apply for admission to BUS 99a, a student must submit a one-page project proposal. The proposal should clearly state the type of project, the question(s) the project will address, and the methods and data to be used. The one-page proposal is due by 5:00 PM on Friday August 25, 2017 (the last Friday before Fall classes begin). There will be no exceptions to this deadline. Students who do not meet this deadline will not be allowed to enroll in BUS 99a, and will forfeit their chance of writing a senior Honors project in the Business Program. Proposals should be sent to me at hagit@brandeis.edu with the subject heading HONORS PROJECT PROPOSAL.

4. After reviewing the proposals, the Honors Program Coordinator will compile a list of student names and topics for discussion at the Honors Project ad-hoc committee. The committee will determine which project proposals are accepted into the program. As not all proposals are accepted, students should sign up for an additional course in case they are not able to enroll in BUS 99a. If the committee approves a proposal, the Honors Program Coordinator will attempt to assign a primary advisor and a second reader. If the search is successful and both a primary advisor and a second reader are assigned, the Honors Program Coordinator will provide the student with a code to enroll in BUS 99a. It is the student’s responsibility to enroll in the course before the last day to add Fall classes.

II. Guidelines and Resources During the Project Process

1. At least two meetings will be held in the fall semester of the program. The first meeting, which will be scheduled for a Friday between 12:30-2:00 PM in mid-October, will be an opportunity for students to get together with other BUS Honors students, exchange information on where to locate research resources, and so on. The second meeting, scheduled for Friday, December 8th 2017 between 11:00-2:00 PM, will occur in groups of 3 or 4 students and their primary and secondary advisors.  At the December meeting, Honors Project writers will formally present their work completed thus far. A written report that forms the background for the presentation is due on December 1st 2017. In addition to the work completed and a summary of the results, this written report must contain a detailed list of resources relevant to the student’s project. This draft must be submitted by 5 pm on December 1, 2017 to the primary advisor, the second reader and the Honors Program Coordinator.

2. On the basis of the presentation, the primary advisor, second reader and the Honors Program Coordinator will determine by December 19th 2017 whether the project is viable and whether the student should be allowed to enroll in BUS 99b for the spring 2018 semester. Projects that are not viable will be terminated at this stage; students may also choose to stop writing the project at this stage. If this course of action is chosen, the student (in consultation with the primary advisor) completes and submits a summary paper and receives independent study credit for BUS 99a for the fall semester. If the student is allowed to enroll in BUS 99b, the student must add BUS 99b to their Spring 2018 schedule. It is the student’s responsibility to enroll in the course before the last day to add Spring classes.

3. As with any class, BUS 99a can be dropped (refer to the academic calendar for the last day to drop without a W and with a W).

4. Students should plan to meet at least once every two weeks with their primary advisor and at least once every eight weeks with their second reader.

5. A BUS 99 website on Latte has been established to provide information about upcoming meetings, workshops and resources. It will also serve as a platform to share ideas and ask questions.

6. The first draft of the project is due on March 1, 2018 and a second draft is due on March 22, 2018. Both drafts must be submitted to both primary advisors and second readers as well as the Honors Program coordinator. The drafts will be reviewed by both the primary advisor and second reader, and comments will be communicated to students within one week. Students should use the remaining weeks of the spring semester until April to incorporate the comments from their primary advisors and second readers; complete additional work; and edit their paper, as required

III. Project Completion

1. Final project presentations are scheduled for April 13, 2018*, 12:30-3:00 PM.

2. The student is responsible for emailing copies of the project to the primary advisors, second readers, HP coordinator and Karen Muise, by April 6, 2018.

3. General format of final project: 30 pages with footnotes in an exhibit (or 35 pages with embedded footnotes), double spaced, Times New Roman, font size 11, 1" margins all around.

4. After the presentations on April 13, 2018*, the student is responsible for incorporating all comments and corrections raised by the primary advisor and second reader into the final version. This final version of the project must be approved in advance by both the primary advisor and second reader, and then submitted to the Honors Program Coordinator by April 20, 2018.

5. The BUS faculty will vote on the Honors Projects at the end-of-semester faculty meeting.

* Tentative

My role: As the Business Honors Coordinator, I will handle the paperwork (signatures on forms) and be the general “point” person for questions regarding procedures and requirements. For questions on the project itself, you will see your primary advisor or second reader.


Aug. 25                    One page Honors Project proposal due

Oct. 17                    Last day to drop BUS 99 without a W

Nov. 14                    Last day to drop BUS 99 with a W

Dec. 1                      Draft for presentation due

Dec. 8                      Presentation of work completed

Mar. 1                      First draft of project due

Mar. 22                    Second draft of project due

Apr. 6                      Final draft of project due

Apr. 13                    Final project presentation

Apr. 20                    Final version submitted to the Honors                                             Program coordinator