Honors Program Courses

  • ACCT-H201 Honors Accounting for Decision Making I

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-128 or higher and WRI-102, WRI-103 or SBS-220, and at least a 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to the accounting cycle, the financial statements, and the theory underlying accounting as information. Provides users of accounting information with a basic understanding of how to appraise and manage a business. Addresses current accounting topics, including relevant ethical and international issues found in the financial press.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Honors

  • ACCT-H202 Honors Accounting for Decision Making II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 201; 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Enables students to apply the concepts and skills from ACCT 201. They learn how to analyze the financial condition and performance of a firm, and how to use accounting information in business planning, decision-making, and control. Topics include cost-volume-profit analysis, costing systems, variance analysis, and the budget process. Discusses relevant current ethical and competitive issues found in the financial press.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Honors

  • BLE-H214 Honors Principles of Business Law

    Prerequisites:

    GPA of 3.3 or above required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law, agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • BLE-H215 Honors Business Ethics and Law

    Prerequisites:

    GPA of 3.3 or above required.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • FIN-H310 Honors Business Finance

    Prerequisites:

    EC-101 and ACCT-201 and MATH-130 or higher and at least 54 credits, and at least a 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a study of the functions of business finance and focus on basic financial principles such as time value of money, risk and return tradeoffs, and asset valuation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Honors

  • FIN-H435 Honors The Global Financial Crisis: Causes, Economics, and Solutions

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 200(formerly FIN 310); Junior standing; 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course analyzes the origins and consequences of the current financial situation from a variety of different economic and political perspectives. It offers students the opportunity to explore the chain of events that preceded the global financial crisis, monitor markets on a real-time basis (using Bloomberg) and provides a forum to discuss solutions and independently generate ideas. Among the main topics covered are asset pricing, derivative securities, financial engineering, risk management and the role of financial institutions, central banks and government agencies in global markets.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Honors,Global Engagement Experience

  • FIN-H445 Honors Quantitative Analysis and Trading of Financial Instruments

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-315 and Junior standing and at least a 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The course will augment and extend students' finance skills, tools and concepts learned in core finance and investment courses and blend the theory with real world application. The course utilizes the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute Investment Series textbook to facilitate the mastery of quantitative methods, data analytics and their application in today's investment process for stocks, bonds, futures and options. In addition to review of time value of money, discounted cash flow and statistical/probability analysis, the course will cover advanced concepts such as correlation and regression and their real world application in finance and investments. An important part of the course will be the ability to distinguish useful information from the overwhelming quantity of available data. Additional topics will include valuation methods/models, quantitative investment strategies, technical analysis, trading strategies & execution of transactions, quantitative/algorithmic & high frequency trading. Material will be reinforced with hands-on application of utilizing real time trading and market data platforms. Microsoft Excel, applications utilized in the financial industry, statistical/mathematical and programming platforms will be used extensively throughout the course. Guest speakers will be scheduled to speak about certain topics and their experiences.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • ISOM-H201 Honors Data & Decisions Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-128 or higher and STATS-240 or STATS-250 and at least a 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces fundamental quantitative methods of using data to make informed management decisions. Topics include: decision modeling, decision analysis, regression, forecasting, optimization, and simulation, as it applies to the study and analysis of business problems for decision support in finance, marketing, service, and manufacturing operations. Practical business cases and examples drawn from finance, marketing, operations management, and other management areas are used to provide students with a perspective on how management science is used in practice. Excel spreadsheets are used extensively to implement decision models.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • ISOM-H310 Honors Management Info System

    Prerequisites:

    WRI 102; Junior standing; 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    OPEN TO GRIFFIN FELLOWS AND HONOR STUDENTS ONLY GPA of 3.2 or above required.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • P.AD-H201 Honors Social Change

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will examine social change in the U.S. and abroad. The course will also examine the role of business, nonprofits, and the public sector in addressing social problems. Topics studied may include the Industrial Revolution, the civil rights movement, the women's movement, environmentalism, and the gay and lesbian movement.

    Type:

    Diverse Perspectives,BSBA SOCIAL CHANGE,Honors

  • MKT-H210 Honors- Principles of Marketing

    Prerequisites:

    WRI-101 or WRI-103 and at least a 3.2 GPA, or SBS Honors

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course addresses the topics that remain relevant and important, while simultaneously emphasizing new thinking and approaches to marketing practices. Students need to be prepared to operate in the complex and dynamic marketing world of the future, they need to develop the capacity to think and act like marketers in a difficult and uncertain environment. This requires the ability to assess complex and changing marketing situations, to determine the best marketing strategies for these situations, and to execute the strategies effectively. This course serves two purposes: as a foundation for those intending to major/minor in marketing, and potentially as the sole background in marketing for other majors/minors.

    Type:

    Honors

  • MKT-H317 Honors Consumer Behavior

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210 or MKT-H210 and at least a 3.2 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is open to students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. This honors course is a focused and challenging learning experience. As a result, you will be introduced to advanced concepts, ideas, and project experiences that will place you in a highly desirable position for internships, future career opportunities, and graduate school. In this course we focus on people as consumers of products, services, and experiences. We do so by drawing upon theories of consumption in fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, economics, and anthropology. Students engage in projects that link theory to insights on consumer buying, using and disposing behavior and the application of these insights in marketing programs. In the process they become more critical consumers. The classes are discussion based and active participation from students is expected.

    Type:

    Honors

  • MKT-H318 Honors Marketing Tools and Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210; STATS 250; 3.2 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is open to students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. This honors course is a focused and challenging learning experience. As a result, you will be introduced to advanced concepts, ideas, and project experiences that will place you in a highly desirable position for internships, future career opportunities, and graduate school. The objective of this course is to provide students with a solid and user-friendly foundation for making better marketing and business decisions. Hands-on training with tools such as Excel and SPSS provides a meaningful learning experience and reinforces concepts learned in other courses in the Business School. Topics include marketing math and statistical analysis for marketing research. After taking Marketing Tools, students are well prepared to integrate analytical skills in business consulting projects used in upper level courses (MKT 319 and MKT 419)

    Type:

    Honors

  • MKT-H319 Honors Marketing Research

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210; STATS 250; MKT 318; 3.2 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This honors course extends the learning in other MKT courses, in particular MKT 318. You will learn advanced concepts and ideas pertaining to scientific research methodology in the context of marketing applications. Topics include planning and designing research studies, qualitative inquiry, survey design, principles of measurement, sample design, and statistical data analysis. The course is heavily project based with extensive use of SPSS for statistical data analysis. The objective of this course is to provide students with a solid and user-friendly foundation for making better marketing and business decisions. After taking Marketing Research, students are well prepared to design and carry out research to address business questions regarding problems and opportunities in upper level courses (MKT 419 and MGT 429)

    Type:

    Honors

  • MKT-H419 Honors Marketing Policies & Strategies

    Prerequisites:

    MKT-317 (or MKT H317) and MKT-220 (or MKT H220, may be taken concurrently) at least 54 credits, and 3.2 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is open to students with a GPA of 3.2 or higher. This honors course is a focused and challenging learning experience. As a result, you will be introduced to advanced concepts, ideas, and project experiences that will place you in a highly desirable position for internships, future career opportunities, and graduate school. In this capstone course, marketing majors apply lessons learned across the curricula of the Marketing Department and Sawyer School. Students test their level of marketing knowledge by working to solve challenging integrated cases for developing marketing strategy and programs. In particular, students analyze both qualitative and quantitative information, evaluate alternative courses of action, and then make strategic recommendations for resolving the issues in each case.

    Type:

    Honors

  • MKT-H432 Honors Marketing in Emerging Markets

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 317 or MKT-H317 and at least 3.2 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course focuses on cultural consumption trends both at home and abroad. In particular it compares and contrasts the emerging markets of India and China with more established Western markets. The course is organized in two self-contained modules around a theme. The first module focuses at the market level and examines what happens to the culture when East meets West. The second module analyzes the challenges companies face in staying competitive in rapidly evolving economies. Each class in a module advances your understanding of the theme through an engaging and challenging mix of readings, assignments, and case studies. This is an intensive Honors level course and requires students to be self directed and motivated. Every class is important- there is no mid-term or final.

    Type:

    Honors,Global Engagement Experience

  • MKT-H444 Honors the Business of Digital Media

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210 or MKT-H210

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Social media is transforming the way consumers work, play, and live and no one knows this better than you- the Millennial generation. But, what does this mean for business? The focus of this course is to understand the transformation of marketing practices as new social media challenge traditional media. How do businesses use the new media to create deeper and more profitable relationships with consumers? What are the new measures and metrics for assessing marketing programs in this new environment? From this course students will take away a social media vocabulary, a set of social media skills and tools, and analytical frameworks for analyzing effective social media business practices. The course is constructed on the principle of the student as an active learner where the student takes the responsibility for their own learning and works collaboratively with peers assisting in their learning. Naturally, student projects, assignments, and other activities will use social media tools including wikis and blogs.

    Type:

    Honors

  • SIB-H101 Honors Globalization

    Prerequisites:

    GPA 3.2 or higher.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the nature and processes of globalization which define today's international business environment. The course employs a multidisciplinary perspective to explore the growing interdependence of nations in their trade, investment, technology flows, and business operations. Topic include business, geographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and other issues related to globalization. The course is experiential in its approach. Students will undertake a team research project exploring globalization issues with reference to a particular country, region or industry.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Honors

  • ISOM-H319 Honors Operations Management

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101(formerly SBS-101), ISOM-201, at least a 3.3 GPA, and at least 54 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces concepts and tools for managing operations in service/ manufacturing organizations where inputs such as raw material, labor, or other resources into finished services and/or goods. Strategic and tactical issues of operations management (OM), including: operations strategy, product and process design, capacity planning, quality management, inventory management, queueing theory and work force management are addressed. Quantitative models, analytical tools and case studies are used to analyze operational problems that business managers face in both local and global settings.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Honors

  • SIB-H429 Honors Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210; ISOM 319; MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); FIN 200 (formerly FIN 310); Senior standing; 3.3 GPA

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers and integrates administrative processes and decision-making under uncertainty in business areas of marketing, accounting, management, finance, personnel, and production. It also focus- es on strategic and policy issues from the view- point of senior management in both domestic and international corporations. Case discussions help develop the conceptual framework for analysis and implementation of strategy and policy decisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

    Type:

    Honors

Challenge Courses

Honors Challenge Courses are 1- or 2-credit seminar-style courses. Honors Program and other qualifying students may select from a variety of these options each semester to enhance their degree program, study an area of personal interest, or gain skills for their future career paths. Some of these courses are required for Honors Program students.

  • SBS-HC220 Leverage Your Internship

    Prerequisites:

    3.3 GPA required

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    Learn to effectively search out relevant internships, apply effectively, and excel on the job. Students will learn important impression management techniques even before the first day, learn to recognize workplace norms and behavioral standards, and build a personal plan of exceeding expectations on the job. Students will understand how to effectively conclude an internship and leave a positive impression. A strong focus on networking before, during and after the internship will be paired with assignments to guide students in developing personal plans of action.

    Type:

    Honors

  • SBS-HC250 Your Intelligent Career: Examining and Joining the Global Knowledge Economy

    Prerequisites:

    3.3 GPA required

    Credits:

    2.00

    Description:

    Applying your intelligence to your own career- and not just to the jobs you will be asked to fill- is fundamental to the health of the global, knowledge-based economy. It is also fundamental to your personal career success within that economy. Yet, it is hard to gather good advice. Organizations pursue talent management programs based on their own rather than their employee's interests. Management consultants echo the interests of the organizations that they serve. Scholars give selective advice that reflects the particular academic discipline in which they have been trained. What is needed is a broad survey of the principal tasks and challenges that present and future brainworkers will face. This course will provide such a survey, as well as a series of exercises and conversations to help students gain direct exposure to the issues they will face.

    Type:

    Honors