Undergraduate Programs Honors Contract

About The Program

The Business Administration Honors Contract program offers students the opportunity to tailor their honors experience by selecting an industry for in-depth study.

The Fisher Industry Clusters Program, the first of its kind in the nation, is designed to encourage students to dive into a specific industry, apply the theories and tools learned in their other coursework to solve today’s industry program, and to standout in a crowded marketplace. Honors Contract enhances the Industry Cluster experience. Students will commit to a two-year Industry Cluster engagement.

During their junior year, a select group of honors students will participate in a cluster and attend a series of workshops on team leadership and industry research practices. In their second, and senior year in the program, honors students will work closely with the respective faculty expert, and participate in a yearlong Honors seminar designed to further develop critical thinking, communication and leadership skills. Each student will write and present an individual industry research report in fall, and will be assigned a team of junior students to mentor on a real-world project in spring. 

Each year, up to 10 honors students will be selected for each Industry Cluster. The clusters for 2016 include: Business Analytics, Consulting, Consumer Package Goods, Energy & Sustainability, Health Care, Manufacturing, Middle Market, and Retail.

 

  • Application Process

    Eligible second-year students can apply to the Accounting Honors, Honors Cohort and Honors Contract programs each February. Students are welcome to apply to more than one program, but are required to indicate their first, second, and third choice. Notifications will be sent in time for autumn term scheduling.

  • Graduation Requirements

    To graduate with Honors in Business Administration and Research Distinction, students in the Honors Contract: Through Industry Clusters Program must complete the following:

    Completion of Honors Contract Curriculum

    • Complete the five (5) course Honors Curriculum with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5

    Junior Year:

    ·         Industry Cluster autumn course (BUSADM 3630.0xE or BUSADM 3640E)

    ·         Industry Cluster spring course (BUSADM 3632.0xE or BUSADM 3641E)

    ·         BUSML 4998H (0.5 credits each semester)

    Senior Year:

    ·         Clusters Honors Seminar I (BUSADM 3890H)

    ·         Clusters Honors Seminar II (BUSADM 3890H)

    ·         Strategic Management (BUSMHR 4490H)

    • Completion of at least 4 additional honors or upper-division (4000-level) courses. No more than two honors 1000 or 2000 level courses may be counted. 
    • Maintain at least an overall GPA of 3.5 for all business and accounting honors courses and at least a GPA of 3.5 for all business specialization courses
    • Documented completion of a minor, or secondary concentration outside of business

    Completion of Industry Research Project

    • An industry research proposal must be approved by the end of the student’s first year in the program
    • Submission, acceptance and presentation of an industry research report must be completed by the end of the student’s third semester (Autumn of Senior Year) in the program

    Mentoring of a student team

    • Successfully mentor an Industry Cluster team through a Spring project by the end of the student’s fourth and final semester in the program
  • For More Information
    Roger bailey: contract faculty director

    bailey.1117@osu.edu

     
    Kim Bader: Assistant Director for Honors

    bader.28@osu.edu