Business Honors is both a program and a major. All students in the program pursue a BBA in Business Honors. Most students also pursue a second business major of their choice. The Business Honors curriculum is designed to allow students to complete both majors in four years.

Honors Requirement

Students must complete 30 hours of honors coursework, starting with a freshman learning community, BUSN 125H; moving on to a team-based leadership and strategy course, BUSN 225H; and ending with a strategic management course, MGMT 466H.

In addition, students will complete 15 hours of Business Honors coursework selected from a group of Core Business Knowledge (CBK) courses that all business majors take. Business Honors students take at least five of the nine CBKs as honors courses.

The last 6 hours needed to fulfill the 30-hour Business Honors requirement can be earned in a variety of ways. Students can take additional honors CBKs or honors courses in disciplines other than business. Students can teach or do research for credit, complete independent studies, or complete other options as approved.

30 Honors Hours 
9 Hours Foundation
(All Required)
15 Hours of Honors CBK
(Select 5)
6 Hours of Elective
Honors Credit
(Select 2)
BUSN 125H ACCT 229H Intro Accounting – Financial Additional Honors CBKs
BUSN 225H ACCT 230H Intro Accounting- Managerial Non-business Honors Courses
MGMT 466H ISTM 210H Fundamentals of Info Systems Honors Contracted Courses
MGMT 211H Legal Environment of Business BUSN 403
SCMT 303H Statistical Methods Teaching for Credit
FINC 341H Business Finance Research for Credit
MKTG 321H Marketing Independent Study
MGMT 363H Managing People in Organizations Other Options as Approved
SCMT 364H Operations Management

Freshman Learning Community (BUSN 125)

First semester freshmen in Business Honors participate in a three-credit learning community that focuses on:

  • Development of the personal and business competencies needed to be successful in a professional career
  • Ensuring a smooth transition from high school to the university’s intellectual and social environment
  • Providing students with a community of high-achieving peers and peer mentors

Class meets once a week as a large group working through case studies, asking questions of guest speakers, or working with other students. Through innovative learning activities in and out of the classroom, students build an understanding of the core competencies and how to apply them to real business situations.

On the other class day each week, students meet with a small group of Business Honors freshmen and two upperclassmen who serve as peer leaders. They participate in team building activities, prepare to meet company representatives at the career fair, discuss time management skills, goal setting, and much more. These small groups offer opportunities for social interaction with fellow Business Honors classmates. Friendships are forged here that will carry through the rest of your college experiences and into the future.

The Core Competencies

In addition to learning specific technical skills through the major, Mays Business School has identified a set of seven core competencies that are required to be a successful business professional, as well as a successful person in life. Business Honors courses emphasize the knowledge and skills that make up these competencies:

  1. The ability to get your ideas across with effective communication
  2. Identifying and fixing performance gaps with problem solving
  3. Creating new opportunities for organizational or personal growth
  4. Leading others to accomplish a shared goal
  5. Managing a project or yourself
  6. Working with others in a work group or team
  7. Maintaining your character and integrity by acting ethically

Summer Reading

All freshmen entering Business Honors are given the book, The World is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman, prior to the start of their first fall semester. Students discuss the book at the Business Honors Fall Orientation held in late August. Students continue to complete summer reading assignments each summer they are in the program. Previous Business Honors summer reading books have included:

  • How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
  • Give and Take by Adam Grant
  • Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande
  • Banker to the Poor by Muhammad Yunus
  • Evicted by Matthew Desmond
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai


Students may take Business Honors courses every year, including freshman year. All CBK courses are available as honors classes each fall and spring semester. Additional honors courses are available through independent research and honors contracting.

Below is an overview of the regularly offered Business Honors courses.

ACCT 229 – Financial Accounting 
Analysis, recording, and reporting of business transactions, partnerships, and corporate accounting. How to analyze and use financial statements.
Prerequisite: Sophomore classification

ACCT 230 – Managerial Accounting 
Budgets, cost accounting, cost control techniques, and methods of measuring performance.
Prerequisites: ACCT 229 and sophomore classification

BUSN 125 – Freshman Business Initiative Honors 
Understanding personal and business competencies  needed to be successful in the business world, and a smooth transition to the university environment through interactions with business faculty, staff, and peer leaders.
Prerequisite: Selection for Mays Business Honors

BUSN 225 – Integrated Worklife Competencies 
Application of Mays core competencies, with required completion of either a peer leadership experience or a team-based service-learning project. Course focuses on ethics, teamwork, and communication skills. Prerequisite: Selection for Mays Business Honors

FINC 341 – Business Finance 
Financial practices and financial management of today’s businesses, covering issues such as cash flow, planning, procuring funds, managing long-term funds, and working capital.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School

ISTM 210 – Fundamentals of Information Systems 
Information systems concepts, as well as how information systems are used in the functional areas of business. Provides an overview of hardware, software, and popular operating systems.

SCMT 303 – Statistical Methods 
Collection, tabulation, and presentation of numerical data: sampling, estimation of averages and variation, probability and error, hypothesis testing and correlation.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School

SCMT 364 – Operations Management 
Concepts, issues, and techniques used to plan, analyze, and control systems of production. Addresses the operational problems incurred while producing goods and services.
Prerequisite: INFO 303 or concurrent enrollment

MGMT 211 – Legal and Social Environment of Business 
Explores the role of government in business and society. Topics include the analysis of social policy and legal institutions, ethical problems in making management decisions, administrative law, antitrust law, employment and discrimination law, regulation of business transactions, protection of property rights, regulation of information in markets including securities and product safety, and international business law.
Prerequisite: Sophomore classification

MGMT 363 – The Management Process 
Addresses such topics as goal setting; planning, controlling and decision-making; models for thinking about organizations; organization change; models for understanding individual behavior; job performance and job satisfaction; interpersonal behavior; motivation and leadership; behavior in work groups; careers in management; and ethics and international management.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School

MGMT 466 – Strategic Management 
Understanding of the strategic issues organizations face, such as top management decision-making and social responsibility. Covers environmental and industry analysis; establishing organizational mission and objectives; corporate, business, and functional-level strategy formulation; global and multi-domestic strategies; strategic implementation and control; integrating operations and finance; marketing and human resource strategies; and case analysis.
Prerequisites: MGMT 363; FINC 341; INFO 364; MKTG 321; senior classification

MKTG 321 – Marketing 
The institutions, processes, and problems involved in transferring goods from producers to consumers. It also addresses the economic and social aspects of these processes.
Prerequisite: Admission to upper division in Mays Business School

BUSN 484 – Internship
All Business Honors students must complete an internship. The class is a three-credit course. Students may substitute other departmental internships (ACCT 484, FINC 484, INFO 484, MKTG 484, IBUS 484 or MGMT 484) with prior approval.