The Honors Program challenges you to develop the knowledge and skills to become an effective leader in a global environment.

Your classes will take a practical hands-on approach. You'll interact with business leaders, ranging from entrepreneurs to CEOs of multinational corporations. And you'll help local businesses and nonprofits solve real-world problems, gaining valuable, resume-building experience along the way.

Honors curricula include honors sections of required courses in the business core and many general education requirements. These and other honors courses help you customize your academic experience. The Marketing major can be completed at the honors level. You have access to:

  • Honors electives within most business majors
  • Special topics courses
  • Honors tracks within marketing major
  • Challenge Courses

Challenge Courses

You can also take one- or two-credit seminar-style courses called Honors Challenge Courses to enhance your degree, study an area of personal interest, or gain skills for your future career path. As an honors student, you’re required to take at least three credits of Challenge Courses.

Honors in Madrid

If you decide to spend a semester or your freshman year abroad, you can still fulfill your honors requirements.

Non-Honors Students

Any student who meets the GPA minimum for a course may sign up for that course through the normal registration system. Most honors courses have a 3.3 GPA requirement.

Freshmen/Sophomores

Requirements

To be admitted to the Honors Program, the Office of Undergraduate Admission and Honors Program Committee will consider your class rank (when applicable), GPA, standardized test scores, personal essay, the quality of your secondary school curriculum, and any other relevant information. (For more details on acceptance criteria, visit the undergraduate admission website.)

Once enrolled, at least 25% of your curriculum must include honors courses and at least three credits of Challenge Courses while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

Rising Sophomore Application

If you don’t join the program as a freshman, you’ll be eligible to join the program after the completion of two full-time semesters and the attainment of a minimum 3.5 GPA.

Transfer Students

If you join the Honors Program as a transfer student, you'll experience all the same benefits.

If you’ve previously participated in an honors program, you may be able to apply up to 12 honors credits towards the Sawyer Business School Honors requirements.

45 Credits or Fewer

If you’re transferring with 45 credits or fewer, you may be eligible to join the Honors Program. The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Honors Program Committee will consider your college or university GPA, personal essay, the quality of your college courses, and any other relevant information. For students with fewer than 24 college credits, we will also consider your secondary school GPA, curriculum, and standardized test scores. (For more details on acceptance criteria, visit the undergraduate admission website.)

Once enrolled, at least 25% of your curriculum must include honors courses and at least three credits of Challenge Courses while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.

More than 45 Credits

If you’re transferring with more than 45 credits, you may be eligible to join the Honors Program as a Griffin Fellow. The Office of Undergraduate Admission and the Honors Program Committee will review your application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account your college or university GPA, personal essay, the quality of your college courses, and any other relevant information. (For more details on acceptance criteria, visit the undergraduate admission website.)

Once enrolled, you must complete four honors courses (including SIB H429) and at least three credits of Challenge Courses while maintaining a 3.5 GPA.