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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

Rolling admissions - apply and be admitted at any time during the year.

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

Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.

Business Honors Program Requirements (18 units)

Track 1

1. Required Courses (6 Units) 

These Required Courses are in effect for students entering CSUN in the 2015 catalog year and later. Other students should consult with the Business Honors Program Director.

BUS 302BH - The Gateway Experience (3) 
BUS 497BBH - Capstone-Small Business Planning and Growth (3)

2. Seminar Requirement (3 units)

BUS 296BH A-Z - Business Honors Selected Topics (1)

3. Mentorship Requirement (3 units)

Select one from the following courses to fulfill the Business Honors Mentorship requirement.

BUS 491CS - Small Business Consulting (3)
BUS 498 - Honors Mentorship (3)
FIN 437BH - Advanced Topics in Finance (3)

4. Additional Business Honors Courses Requirement (6)

Each student must successfully complete 6 additional units of designated Business Honors (BH) courses not taken previously to satisfy the major. These courses may be elective or core classes. The following courses are usually offered annually:

FIN 303BH - Financial Management (3)
MGT 360BH - Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MKT 304BH - Introduction to Marketing Management (3)
SOM 306BH - Operations Management (3)
FIN 352BH - Investments I (3)
FIN 355BH - Corporate Finance I (3)
FIN 437BH - Advanced Topics in Finance (3) (May be used to satisfy the Honors Mentorship requirement or the Additional Business Honors Courses requirement, but not both.)

Track ll

Same requirements as above except students take 6 units of Seminar Requirement and 3 units of Additional Business Honors Courses Requirement.

Total units required in the Business Honors Program = 18

Each student must demonstrate active participation in activities prescribed by the Business Honors Program, such as tutoring 2 hours per week during fall and spring semesters.

Mentorship Opportunities

Students - Download a registration form
Faculty - List an opportunity

Current Listings Coming Soon!

Spring 2016 Course Offerings

Classes that can be used to meet the 3-unit seminars requirement (1-unit CR/NC seminars):  
Seminar: Introduction to Negotiation Skills
F 9-11:45 (1st 5 weeks)
Seminar: Business Research Methods
M 11-12:15 (1st 10 weeks)
Seminar: Business-Catalyst for a Better World
F 9-11:45 (2nd 5 weeks)
Upper-division business core class that can be used to meet the 12-unit BH-designated course requirement (3 unit classes):
Gateway Experience
TTh 9:30-10:45
Financial Management
W 3:30-6:15
Marketing Management
W 9:00-11:15
Operations Management
TTh 2-3:15
Other classes that can be used to meet the 12-unit BH-designated course requirement (3 unit classes):
TTh 12:30-1:45
Corporate Finance
MW 12:30-1:45
Advanced Topics in Finance
W 3:30-6:15
Classes that can be used to meet the 3-unit Honors Mentorship requirement (3 unit classes): 
BUS 498
Honors Mentorship
Arranged with Faculty Mentor
BUS 491CS 
Small Business Consulting
Th 4-6:45
Advanced Topics in Finance
W 3:30-6:15

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 David Nazarian College students by appointment Monday through Thursday from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 4pm 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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