Beginning in 1998, the Questrom Honors Program has invited the most academically talented freshmen and sophomores to join a program which offers unique and challenging opportunities.
The goals of the program are:
- to offer students an extraordinary opportunity to create, innovate, and make a difference in the world around them
- to offer through specialized colloquia and seminars an opportunity to work closely with leading faculty
- to promote additional skills in management research, analytical reasoning, and written communication that complement the professional courses in management as well as the solid grounding in the liberal arts
- to promote the idea that through community service each student can impact his or her environment in a positive and responsible way
- to foster a sense of community which will likely lead to life-long friendships and partnerships for future ventures
Success Favors the Prepared Mind
The opportunity—and challenge—of a lifetime, the Honors Program will teach you the management skills you need to lead, negotiate, analyze, partner with teammates, and plan successfully. It will give you the right experiences to prepare you for the real world after graduation.
While the Boston University Questrom Honors Program offers extraordinary preparation to students, it is not for everyone. It is for those students who want to go above and beyond—who work hard, analyze deeply, and demonstrate tremendous motivation and commitment.
Developing Your Leadership
Application to the Honors Program is open to all Questrom freshmen, and freshmen from within the University in the process of Intra-University Transfer (for those who do not start in Questrom), with a minimum GPI of 3.20. Select applicants will be invited to interview with current Honors Program students, and final invitation to join the Honors Program starting in the sophomore year will be based upon the application and interview, along with the achievement of a cumulative GPA of 3.45 or higher.
The Boston University Questrom School of Business designed the Honors Program to encourage students to explore their passions, engage in a thoughtful and thought-provoking community, and create value for the world. Will you be among them?
Admission to the Program
Qualified Questrom students and Intra-University Transfer students may be invited to join the Program after completion of freshmen year. Students who achieve a minimum 3.45 GPA and at least 32 credits of completed academic coursework at the end of freshmen year may be invited to join the Program after an application process. Selected students are invited to apply in January of their freshmen year. The application includes an essay, resume, letters of recommendation, and an interview. Once grades are posted for the spring term, the final selection will be made based on academic requirements, the interview, and space availability. No invitations to the Program are extended beyond this timeframe. At this time External Transfer students are not eligible to join the Questrom Honors Program.
Honors Program students in the Class of 2016 and all classes entering thereafter must earn an overall cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in order to graduate with the Honors Program designation on their transcripts. Students will be held to the GPA requirement of their expected graduation year based upon when they were accepted to Boston University.
Students will be reviewed for continuation at two points during their time as undergraduates:
- After Fall semester of Sophomore Year– at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.4. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.
- After Spring semester of Junior Year– at this time students must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.45. Students not meeting this standard will be withdrawn from the Honors Program.
Students also much achieve a minimum grade of “B” in each of the Honors Program seminars, and a minimum grade of “B” in SM 223 and SM 450 (Sophomore Colloquium and International Field Seminar).
Students must be registered for a minimum of sixteen academic credits in each semester that they are in the Program. Any variation to this policy must be approved by the Assistant Dean. The two-credit Honors Program seminars that are completed during junior and senior year may count towards that sixteen credit total.
Adjustments to the Honors Program curriculum will be made jointly by the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program and the Faculty Director on a case-by-case basis.
Students who withdraw from, or otherwise fail to satisfy the requirements of the Program listed above, will receive full credit towards the BSBA degree for those Honors Program requirements that they have successfully completed, with the exception of the Honors Program Seminars and the Honors Program Colloquia, which will count as additional coursework.
Successful completion of the Honors Program will result in the notation “Awarded School Honors” on the student’s official transcript and the student will be individually recognized at the School’s Commencement ceremony.
Questrom School of Business Curriculum
The Questrom School of Business Honors Program curriculum is balanced between a core of requirements and a broad variety of electives. The aim is to develop competence with flexibility.
The colloquia in the fall and spring semesters of sophomore year are both a means of challenging the student’s intellectual thought processes with meaningful topics and opportunities to lead classes and teach their peers, but it is also preparation for their International Field Seminar at the end of the spring semester.
There is also a Service Learning requirement where students must complete ten community service events prior to graduation.
Summer coursework or outside credits may alter the number of courses students need to take or the length of time necessary to complete requirements. Enrolled students should seek academic advising regarding issues such as these.
The curriculum is designed to allow flexibility for students to take coursework outside of Management in areas of specific interest to them. The Honors Program has a strong focus on writing skills, which are developed through required composition courses and in the specialized Honors Program seminars. Honors Program students also will have the opportunity to explore a variety of liberal arts fields. Three of the Liberal Arts electives must be at the 300-level or above. This arrangement is conducive, but not limited to, the incorporation of one of the many liberal arts minors available at the University through the College of Arts & Sciences.
In addition to completing all specific requirements outlined below, students must complete a total of 129 credits plus a series of Career Management Seminars.
Curriculum in Depth
Listed below are the requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree. Some requirements are fulfilled by the completion of a single course, while others are categories to be completed by multiple courses. Please bear in mind that students who have external credits (from Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, another college, etc) may be able to use this credit to satisfy some of these requirements, thus decreasing the actual number of courses to be completed over the four years of the program.
I. The Questrom School of Business Core
(denoted in red on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
The required core of the curriculum consists of sixteen courses. The freshman year is made up of the introductory management sequence: Business, Society, and Ethics (QST SM131), Introduction to Finance (QST FE101), and Creating Value in the Global Economy (QST SM151). In the second year, courses are taken in both Financial and Managerial Accounting (QST AC221 and QST AC222), Business Statistics (QST SM221 and QST SM222), Management Information Systems (QST IS223), Organizational Behavior (QST OB221), and Business Law (QST LA245). The junior-year Cross Functional Core (QST SM323) consists of four closely linked courses in Finance (QST FE323), Management, Operations & Technology Management (QST OM323), Marketing (QST MK323), and Analytics (QST SM321), plus a one-credit Business Plan (QST SM333). This program of courses, (entitled the “Cross-Functional Core”), is team-taught by faculty members from these four different departments. Finally, in the senior year, students complete the Global Strategy and Policy course (QST SI422).
Students in the Questrom School of Business complete a series of Career Management Seminars to complement the Management courses described above. These courses are designed to equip our students with the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills needed to build a foundation of career management capabilities.
II. Questrom School of Business Electives
(denoted in orange on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
A minimum of four Questrom School of Business (QST) electives must be completed in residence. These are defined as any four-credit courses offered by the Questrom School of Business that are not one of the fifteen required courses described above. Only courses listed in the Boston University Undergraduate Programs Bulletin with an QST prefix (e.g. QST FE442) will be accepted to fulfill this requirement. The QST electives are used to fulfill concentration requirements.
III. Liberal Arts Electives
(denoted in blue on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
Students take a minimum of twelve liberal arts electives towards their degree requirements. The liberal arts requirements are comprised of the following categories:
- Writing Requirement: Students must satisfy writing composition by taking CAS WR100. International Students must take a Writing Assessment to determine the appropriate level writing course in which to begin, but native English speakers will begin by taking WR100. Writing courses below the CAS WR100 level will satisfy Liberal Arts Electives or the Non-Management Elective.
- Math Requirement:
- Students must complete CAS MA121 (Calculus for the Life and Social Sciences I) or CAS MA123 (Calculus I). An on-line math diagnostic exam is available to aid in determining placement. Depending on their placement score and background in mathematics, some students will take CAS MA120 (Applied Mathematics for Social and Management Sciences) before taking MA121 or MA123. These students can use MA120 to fulfill a Liberal Arts Distribution Requirement: Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science Elective (see below).
- Economics: All Questrom School of Business students must take both CAS EC101 (Microeconomics) and CAS EC102 (Macroeconomics) in the freshman year.
- Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements: There are three courses in this category. Students must take one of each of the following:
- Humanities – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Humanities Elective Requirement
- Social Sciences – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Social Sciences Elective Requirement
- Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science – See Required Non-Management Courses for a list of courses that will satisfy the Natural Sciences/Mathematics and Computer Science Elective Requirement
- Liberal Arts Electives: These are four courses beyond the Liberal Arts Distribution Requirements that can be taken from any department within the College of Arts and Sciences. Please see Required Non-Management Courses for further details.
IV. Non-Management Elective
(denoted in green on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
There is one non-management elective in the curriculum that can be taken at any other school or college within the University other than Questrom. This elective is defined as any four-credit academic elective taken in addition to the required seven College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) electives and four Questrom electives. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the variety of courses available at any of Boston University’s other Schools and Colleges. Physical Development Program (PDP), Officers Training Program (OTP), and College of Fine Arts (CFA) musical instrument courses do not count toward degree credit.
V. Free Elective
(denoted in purple on the Curriculum Synopsis below)
As of September 2013, in addition to completing all specific requirements outlined below, students must complete a total of 129 credits plus a series of Career Management Seminars.
Free electives are courses that students take beyond the requirements specified above in order to reach the required number of credits.
Students should be aware that the same restrictions concerning course repetition and sequencing – along with the exclusion of PDP, ROTC, and certain CFA courses – that apply to Liberal Arts Electives and the Non-Management Elective (described above) also apply to Free Electives.
VI. Questrom School of Business Honors Program Sophomore Colloquium
(denoted in pink on the Curriculum Synopsis above)
This required component features topics primarily connected to the optional International Field Seminar and focuses on business topics related to the country the group will visit. Each colloquium meeting will feature a guest businessperson, economist, cultural expert, or a company visit. The colloquium is one credit per semester and students must earn a grade of B or better in the course. Topics and assigned readings will be announced in advance of each session.
Questrom School of Business Honors Program International Field Seminar
(denoted in pink on the Curriculum Synopsis above)
Students learn about the role of international trade and off-shoring, and how culture and history affect businesses. Students also visit government officials in the host country and explore the link between business, politics, and economic growth.
Questrom offers Honors Program sophomores a unique chance to gain a global business perspective early on in their academic careers. This week-long seminar is a continuation of the Honors Program International Field Seminar (SM450). The field seminar provides Honors Program sophomores the opportunity to develop a better understanding of international business by comparing business environments and operations in the United States and the host country. The students, accompanied by the Honors Program Faculty Director, the lead Field Seminar instructor, and two additional chaperones, visit companies in high tech, finance, and manufacturing and contrast them to US companies visited or studied during the colloquia and seminar. Students learn about the role of international trade and off-shoring, and how culture and history affect businesses. Students also visit government officials and explore the link between business, politics, and economic growth.
The May 2016 International Field Seminar will be to Santiago, Chile.
VII. Questrom School of Business Honors Program Seminars
(denoted in pink on the curriculum synopsis above)
Honors students are required to take three courses from a menu of two-credit honors program seminars whose topics reflect the important issues facing future business leaders. Some examples of recent seminar topics include: “Corporate Responsibility,” “Intellectual Property,” “Franchising,” “Competitive Environmental Strategy,” and “Globalization,” “Investing in Green Technologies”, and “Business and Health Care”. The goal of this requirement is to help students think more broadly and deeply about the process of leading others and the special functions leaders perform in helping work teams be more effective. This is a requirement only for students enrolled in the Questrom Honors Program and students cannot begin taking seminars until the sophomore year.
Service Learning Requirement
There are at least ten community service activities required of each student. The activities should be completed throughout the four years of the Program. If a student participates in a community service event outside of the program, this may count as one event (please see Liz Katz, Honors Program Academic Advisor, for approval). For each activity, a written statement including the date and length of service, signed by the coordinating supervisor, must be submitted to Liz Katz.
Service Learning is an integral part of the SMG Honors Program and is a wonderful opportunity for our students to give back to the community at large, while also gaining a much deeper understanding of the world around them. While students must complete 10 service requirements (approximately 40 hours) over their three years in the program as a condition of their graduation, most students surpass that number – finding areas of interest about which they are passionate. To help focus the reflective aspect of this requirement, students must complete a short reflection paper at the end of sophomore, junior, and senior year – with a different theme for each. This allows students to explore their areas of interest, examine what drew them to certain experiences, and consider how service learning shaped their BU experience
With approval from Honors Program advisor Liz Katz, all Honors Program students are encouraged to seek out group experiences that their fellow Honors Program students can participate in as well as experiences on their own. We encourage students to explore their interests so that they can ultimately find something that is truly meaningful to them.
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