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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. CSUN students who have fulfilled all the Business Honors requirements graduate with a degree in Business Honors as well as their primary business or economics degree.

Program Benefits

Business Honors Program students are part of a select group of high-achieving students in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics devoted to excellence in an exceptional educational program.

Benefits include:

A Cohort System that allows students to take coursework with other top Business Honors students.

Annual Scholarship(s) Awarded for continuing Business Honors Program students who apply and meet requirements.

Challenging Curriculum designed to develop critical thinking, creative and complex problem solving, teamwork, leadership, and oral and written communication skills.

Career Elevation where Business Honors alumni have gone on to work for Amazon, Deloitte LLP, Ernst & Young, Google, PwC, and other prominent businesses. High ranking employers regularly seek out Nazarian Business Honors Program students as the preferred choice for internships, mentoring, and job placement.

Dedicated and Exclusive Workspace that provides desktop computers, a printer with free printing, round tables, and chairs, and a whiteboard for students to study or have a discussion, in addition to a lounge area with a couch, microwave, and refrigerator for student use.

Networking is fostered through student attendance in core courses as a 'cohort' to build strong friendships that will last long after graduation.

Mentorship Opportunities allow students to work with faculty of any discipline within the Nazarian College towards a specific area of study or application.

Priority Registration for students provides access to required Business Honors coursework.

Specialized Academic Advisement with the Business Honors Program Director to help students stay on the path towards graduation.

Smaller class sizes taught by experienced professors to create a dynamic and supportive environment for a deeper understanding of concepts and issues that students will likely face as future business professionals.

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 candidates, there are two options: one based on grades, the other on most recent SAT or ACT scores
1. GPA: A cumulative high school GPA of >3.7, OR
2. SAT or ACT: >90th percentile 

For college student candidates must have a minimum cumulative college GPA of >3.5


Submit a completed application (Download Application Form) to the Business Honors Program, including one letter of recommendation (Download Recommendation Form).

Once applications are reviews, candidates will be invited to interview with the Business Honors Program Director.

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)

** BUS 496BH - Systems Thinking for Organizations (3) may be taken in place of the 3-unit seminar requirement

3. Mentorship Requirement (3 units)

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

BUS 498 - Honors Mentorship (3)
BUS 491CS - Small Business Consulting (3)
FIN 491ABH-BBH - Seminar in Financial Analysis (3)

4. Additional Business Honors Courses Requirement (6 units)

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. 

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 491ABH-BBH - Seminar in Financial Analysis (3)

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 for the Business Honors Program = 18

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

Each student must receive academic advisement from the Business Honors Program Director each fall and spring semester. Academic Advisement is mandatory for all Business Honors Students.

Tutoring

Business Honors Program students offer free tutoring to David Nazarian College students by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 am to 6 pm and Fridays from 9 am to 5 pm in BB 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 two hours of tutoring per subject, per week.
  • Students who 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.
  • Questions? Need to reschedule? Please email tutoring@csunbha.com

Philanthropy

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, such as M.E.N.D. Poverty - Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles AIDS Walk. The Business Honors Program selects organizations and events to work with each year.

Mentorship Opportunities

Faculty - List an opportunity

Business Honors Program Video

Produced and edited by Lauryn Lawton, BHP student (2019)

The Business Honors Association is a student honor society consisting of the top business students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN).  As a student club, and part of the Business Honors Program, they strive to pursue academic and professional enrichment through alumni networking and mentorship, professional skills workshops, and resume-building opportunities. They give back to the community by offering free tutoring to Nazarian College business students and providing mentorship to Granada Hills Charter High School students through our DECA program. Additionally, they coordinate social events where members can meet and network with other highly motivated students from all business majors. View the Business Honors Association video.