School of Business Honors Program

Do you love to learn?  Are you thinking about going to graduate school?  Have you ever considered a career as a college or university professor?  Want to explore a business topic in depth – or even develop a new theory or model?  Would a working relationship with a faculty mentor help your professional development?  If you answered “yes” or even “maybe” to any of the questions above, the Business Honors Program may be for you!

Through Business Honors you will have the opportunity to enrich your learning experiences by:

  • Learning to conduct business research in BUS 4555 Honors Research;
  • Developing and presenting a business project/thesis under the sponsorship of a faculty member of your choice in BUS 4644 Business Honors Thesis; and
  • Enhancing your personal and professional development by completing two of the following:

        Business internship approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;

        Study Abroad approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;

        Honors course approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;

        Graduate level business course approved by the Business Honors Coordinator.

 

Business Honors Program Admission Requirements

Students who meet the following criteria will be admitted to the Business Honors Program:

• Admission to the School of Business as an upper division business major;
• Completion of at least 12 semester hours of coursework at EIU with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher;
• Business major GPA of 3.5 or higher; and
• Permission of the Dean of the Honors College and the Business Honors Coordinator.

Provisional Admission. Transfer students who have not completed 12 semester hours of credit at EIU but who meet the following criteria will be granted provisional admission to the Business Honors program:

• Admission to the School of Business as an upper division business major;
• Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for coursework undertaken at the transfer institution; and
• Permission of the Dean of the Honors College and the Business Honors Coordinator.

After completing 12 semester hours of credit at EIU, students provisionally admitted will be granted admission to Business Honors if they meet the Business Honors continuation requirements below.

Business Honors Program Continuation Requirements

Students in the Business Honors Program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher for all course work undertaken at EIU and a business major GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who fail to maintain both a cumulative and major GPA of 3.5 will be dismissed from the program. Students dismissed from the program will be readmitted one time if they:
• Raise their cumulative and major GPA to at least 3.5 and
• File a petition seeking readmission with the Business Honors Coordinator.

Students who have been dismissed from the program more than one time are not eligible for readmission.

Business Honors Curriculum Requirements

Students in the Business Honors Program must complete 12 semester hours of coursework by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • Completion of BUS 4555 Honors Research (or, if approved by the Business Honors Coordinator, completion of BUS 4444 Honors Independent Study);
  • Completion of BUS 4644 Business Honors Thesis; and
  • Completion of two of the following:
    • Business internship approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;
    • Study Abroad approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;
    • Honors course approved by the Business Honors Coordinator;
    • Graduate level business course approved by the Business Honors Coordinator.


For further information, contact:

Dr. Heather Jia
Business Honors Coordinator
Lumpkin Hall 3617
hhjia@eiu.edu
(217) 581-6381