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Business Honors Program

The Business Honors Program is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated high academic standards and to encourage these students to continue their record of excellence as business and economics majors here at California State University, Northridge. The Business Honors Program offers rigorous courses that emphasize communication, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and teamwork skills.

Program Benefits

The Business Honors Program offers its students many benefits including:

  • Smaller class sizes
  • Challenging curriculum designed to develop critical thinking, creative problem solving, leadership, and oral and written communication skills
  • Academic advising by Business Honors Program Director & Department Chairs
  • Peer mentoring
  • Priority registration into all business courses
  • Professional guest speakers
  • Opportunities to work with faculty, business partners, and Business Honors Program alumni on research and special projects
  • Networking, networking, networking 

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements
For admission to the Business Honors Program, students must meet the following minimum requirements.

For first-time Freshman Applicants, there are two options: one based on grades, the other on most recent SAT scores
1. GPA: A cumulative high school GPA of 3.7, OR
2. SAT: Combined Math, Verbal, and Writing SAT score of 1950

College Student Applicants must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of 3.5

Academic Requirements

Business Honors Program Requirements

1. Required Courses (18 Units)
Complete one of the following two tracks

Track l
BUS   296BHA-Z     Business Honors Selected Topics (3)
BUS   498              Honors Mentorship (3)

Each Student must successfully complete 12 additional units of designated Business Honors (BH) courses. These courses may be elective or core classes

Track ll
BUS   296BHA-Z     Business Honors Selected Topics (6)
BUS   498              Honors Mentorship (3)

Each Student must successfully complete 9 additional units of designated Business Honors (BH) courses. These courses may be elective or core classes.

The following are Upper Division Core Classes and electives for Business Honors Program students:
BUS   302BH   The Gateway Experience (3)
BUS   497BH   Capstone (either A or BCS) (3)
ECON 308BH   Economics for Managers (3)
ECON 309BH   The Use and Interpretation of Economic Data (3)
ECON 310BH   Price Theory and Applications (3)
ECON 311BH   Money, Banking and the Federal Reserve (3)
ECON 409BH   Introduction to Econometrics (3)
FIN 303BH      Financial Management (3)
FIN 352BH      Investment Analysis and Mangement (3)
FIN 355BH      Problems in the Corporate Financial Policy (3)
FIN 437BH      Advanced Topics in Finance (3)
MGT 360BH     Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MGT 454BH     Leadership, Power and Politics (3)
MKT 304BH     Introduction to Marketing Management (3)
MKT 346BH     Marketing Research (3)
MKT 348BH     Consumer Behavior (3)
SOM 306BH    Operations Mangement (3)

Additionally, students must maintain a 3.50 minimum cumulative GPA to fulfill the Business Honors Program requirements

Total Units Required in the Business Honors Program     18    

Mentorship Opportunities

Students - Download a registration form
Faculty - List an opportunity

Current Listings Coming Soon!

Fall 2015 Course Offerings

BUS 296BHSSeminar: Business Research Methods#19425M 11:00AM-12:15PM
BUS 296BHTSeminar: E-Portfolios#19426W 12:00-12:50PM
BUS 302BHGateway Experience#13061M 2:00-4:45PM 
FIN 303BHFinancial Management#13327TTh 3:30-4:45PM
FIN 437BHAdvanced Topics in Finance#12947M 3:30-6:15PM
MGT 360BHManagement & Organizational Behavior#13420W 4:00-6:45PM
BUS 491CSSmall Business Consulting#13214M 7:00-9:45PM
BUS 498Honors Mentorship#13276TBA

Case Competition

The annual Case Competition hosted by the Business Honors Program offers students a unique opportunity to showcase their abilities and apply their functional, analytical, critical thinking, communication, and teamwork skills to a real-life business situation.

Students work in teams to analyze an assigned case, and they present their analysis to a panel of business executives who serve as judges. In addition to offering students practice in case analysis, the competition also offers invaluable networking opportunities.

Past Business Honors Program students have secured independent study projects, internships, and full-time employment opportunities through their participation in the Case Competition.


Business Honors Program students offer free tutoring to Nazarian College students Monday through Thursday from 8am to 6pm and Fridays from 9am to 5pm in JH 2119.

  • Two-business-day advance sign-up is required of students requesting tutoring.
  • Although tutoring is offered for a variety of classes, not all subjects are tutored every day.
  • Students may sign up for 2 hours of tutoring per subject, per week.
  • Students to receive tutoring should come prepared with textbooks, notes, and questions.
  • Tutors will not read and analyze cases or work on homework for students receiving tutoring.
  • Tutoring services are provided for BUS 302L but NOT for BUS 302. For example, if you did not pass the Statistics lower division exam in 302L, you may get tutoring for SOM 120. However, please do not ask tutors to do your case analysis.
  • Questions? Need to reschedule? Please email


Giving back to the community is an important part of the Business Honors Program. Business Honors Program students participate in a number of philanthropic activities throughout the year. These activities have included food and clothing drives for local charitable organizations, "Feed the Homeless" at the House of Blues, and the Los Angeles AIDS Walk. The Business Honors Program selects a number of organizations and events to work with each year.

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