Business Honors Program Description

  • The Business College has developed a program for advanced business students. The program offers a variety of unique attributes integrating the core business curriculum required by all business students. In addition to specialized curriculum, members of the honors program can participate in leadership development trips to Pittsburgh, Washington, DC, New York, and international sites.

    Freshman Honors Courses

    Contemporary Business Issues
    HBUS 101

    Provides the foundation of the integrative nature of the college’s majors by including seminar meetings discussing contemporary business issues with local, regional, and national alumni business leaders; research mentoring with college faculty and businesspeople; opportunities to provide service to the college, university, and the community; and the beginning of an electronic portfolio.

    Honors Accounting
    ACCT 201

    Introduces the basic financial accounting concepts, principles, and practices applied to the preparation and interpretation of the major financial statements.  Includes complete coverage of the accounting cycle, which will satisfy the information requirements of external decision makers. Topics covered are: asset valuation, liability measurement, income determination, and equity activities. Integrated throughout is a discussion of ethical issues and considerations.

    ACCT 202

    Introduces traditional managerial accounting concepts and procedures utilized in the organization and processing of accounting information for management decision-making purposes. Topics include managerial accounting and the business environment, cost terms and concepts, cost systems, cost behavior, and cost-volume-profit analysis. Also covers the master budget, standard costing and variance analysis, performance evaluation, responsibility accounting, relevant cost analysis, and decision making.

    Sophomore Honors Courses

    Honors Business Law
    BLAW 235

    Explores the current American legal system by providing an introduction to a variety of legal topics important to all individuals and businesses. Topics must include sources of law, the court system and basic procedures, tort law, criminal law, and contracts. Topics may also include legal research and intellectual property. Ethical issues and international law are integrated throughout the course.

    Honors Business Statistics
    QBUS 215

    Expands on the probabilistic concepts developed in MATH 214 to orient the student toward managerial decision making using quantitative methodologies.  Topics include classical regression analysis, forecasting, Bayesian decision theory, linear programming, and simulation.

    Honors Business and Interpersonal Communications
    BCOM 321

    A study of communication theory and principles as applied to business situations and practices; development of communication skills in areas of communication such as speaking, writing, listening, and nonverbal communicating. Emphasizes building effective interpersonal relations in a business environment.

    Honors Management Information Systems: Theory and Practice
    IFMG 300

    Includes basic MIS concepts, fundamentals, and practices. Broad areas of coverage are principles, the computer as a problem-solving tool, computer-based information systems, organizational information systems, and information systems management.

    Honors Principles of Management
    MGMT 310

    Provides an in-depth identification and understanding of the relevant theories, concepts, and principles underlying the management function.

    Junior Honors Courses

    Honors Fundamentals of Finance
    FIN 310

    The study of valuation models, financial statement analysis and forecasting, capital budgeting methods, and working capital management. Also includes an introduction to risk and return, capital markets and institutions, and security valuation.

    Honors Production and Operations Management
    MGMT 330

    A study of converting an organization’s inputs into outputs, whether in goods-producing or service industries. An overview of concepts, tools, and techniques used in management of the production and operations function in organizations.

    Honors Principles of Marketing
    MKTG 320

    A study of those activities necessary to the design, pricing, promotion, and distribution of goods and services for use by organizations and ultimate consumers.

    Senior Honors Course

    Honors Business Policy
    MGMT 495

    A capstone case analysis course that gives practice in applying business theories to the solution of management problems. An analysis of how top management determines strategy and policy and influences the philosophy and character of the company. Develops a general management viewpoint that integrates the various functions of the organization.

    Business Honors Experiences

    Freshman Honors Excursion

    Pittsburgh

    Sophomore Honors Excursion

    Washington, D.C.

    Junior Honors Excursion

    Discover India, International Trip

    Senior Honors Excursion

    New York City 

    Seniors will be offered an opportunity to travel abroad with their cohort for approximately one week The Eberly College has several prominent university partnerships in other countries. The most prominent at the present time are in Germany, France, India, and China.

    In addition to the honors excursions, honors students are encouraged to participate in Study Abroad programs throughout the Spring semester of their junior year. Find more information on Study Abroad programs.