Level up. By considering Questrom, you’ve already demonstrated that you’re ready to take on a new challenge and push your boundaries. So, go ahead, with the Questrom Honors Program—an extra opportunity for excellence.
Since 1998, the Questrom Honors Program has been giving the most academically talented freshmen and sophomores the opportunity to make a difference in our world. Not only will you develop close relationships with your classmates, you’ll work with Questrom’s most respected scholars and dynamic teachers and gain real-world skills in management research, analytical reasoning, and written communication.
The Questrom Honors Program is an academic community designed to challenge you intellectually. You’ll have the chance to engage in deep discussions on business, gain a professional and social network, and experience a curriculum that balances core requirements, seminars, and the chance to learn outside of the classroom.
WHAT TO EXPECT
You’ll participate in small and specialized seminars designed to make you think independently and critically. You’ll learn from leading faculty who’ll value your perspective and challenge your pre-existing beliefs. You’ll become part of a tight and active social community and will get the chance to give back by volunteering with organizations in and around Boston.
Honors Program Curriculum
The Questrom School of Business Honors Program curriculum is balanced between a core of requirements and a broad variety of electives. The program has a strong focus on writing skills, which are developed through required composition courses and in the specialized Questrom Honors Program seminars.
Students also complete two colloquia in the fall and spring semesters of their sophomore year, where they can lead classes, teach their peers, and prepare for their International Field Seminar at the end of the spring semester.
In addition to the core Questrom curriculum, honors programs members take the following:
Sophomore Fall (1 credit)
This colloquia is designed to challenge students’ intellectual thought processes through meaningful discussions on broad issues impacting the world. Teams of students will take turns leading class discourse and teaching various topics to their peers.
Sophomore Spring (2 credits)
QSTSM450 International Field Seminar (2 cr)
The International Field Seminar is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to both study and experience business, politics, and society in a foreign country. The field seminar provides Honors Program sophomores a chance to develop a better understanding of international business by comparing business environments and operations in the United States and host country. In each colloquium meeting, students will learn about the history of the selected country, the role of international trade and off-shoring, and how culture and history affect businesses.
At the end of the seminar, students will embark on a weeklong trip to the country. Students visit government officials in the host country and explore the link between business, politics, and economic growth.
The May 2017 International Field Seminar will be to Santiago, Chile.
Junior Fall (4 credits)
300+ College of Arts & Sciences classes
Junior Spring (2 credits)
Honors students are required to take 2 courses from a menu of two-credit honors program seminars whose topics reflect the important issues facing future business leaders. Some examples of recent seminar topics include: “Intellectual Property,” “Competitive Environmental Strategy,” and “Globalization,” “Investing in Green Technologies”, and “Business and Health Care”. The goal of this requirement is to help students think more broadly and deeply about the process of leading others and the special functions leaders perform in helping work teams be more effective.
Senior Fall (6 credits)
Honors Seminar (2 credits)
300+ College of Arts & Sciences classes (4 credits)
Senior Spring (4 credits)
300+ College of Arts & Sciences classes
*Sophomore year is the only year where honors colloquia are required in set semesters. During Junior and Senior year, Honors members can choose what semester they choose to take their 2 honors seminars and 3 300+ College of Arts & Sciences classes
Seminars offered Spring 2017
Management Honors Seminar: Religious Freedom, Discrimination, and the Role of Business (QSTSM454)
One of the most compelling legal, ethical and policy issues to face business today is the conflict between religious freedom and discrimination. From the business world’s response to Religious Freedom statutes passed in Indiana and Arkansas, to for- profit corporations seeking religious exemptions from the Affordable Care Act, to the photographer who refuses to photograph a same-sex wedding, this debate touches businesses small and large, the government, and individuals. The debate strikes at the heart of the United States’ founding values of religious freedom and equality, and how these values so often conflict. Every business leader must consider how to balance these important values, both within an organization and in how the organization behaves as a member of society. We will study the law surrounding these values, from Supreme Court decisions to state statutes. We will look at corporate policies and responses to the debate. We will also consider whether the government should be treated differently, looking closely at current events including the HB2, the so-called “Bathroom Bill” in North Carolina, and its impact on schools. Course goals include: – Understand the legal framework of religious freedom in the United States – Learn the legal framework impacts different organizations, from public corporations to religious non-profits – Learning more about corporate responses to the conflict between religious freedom and discrimination – Develop skills for addressing sensitive societal issues in a business setting – Consider the roles of the court, the legislature, and business in society – And more!
Choose the Questrom Honors Program and get an international experience. At the end of your sophomore year in the program, you’ll participate in an International Field Seminar, a semester-long course focused on the history, culture, economy, and business landscape of a particular country or region that culminates in a weeklong trip.
The Honors Program Class of 2017 went to Santiago, Chile for their International Field Seminar.
We believe that through community service, everyone can make a positive impact and create social change. Honors Program students must complete at least ten community service activities (approximately 40 hours) throughout their four years with us. As part of this requirement, students must complete a short reflection paper at the end of sophomore, junior, and senior year – with a different theme for each.
Organizations that the Honors Program has volunteered at in the past include Cradles to Crayons, Room to Grow, Fenway Clean-up, Boston Bruins, Ellen Gifford Cat Shelter, Belle of the Ball.
WHO IT’S FOR
The Questrom Honors Program isn’t for everyone. We offer extraordinary preparation to students, who want to go above and beyond—who work hard, analyze deeply, and demonstrate tremendous motivation and commitment.
To remain in the Honors Program students must complete:
- 4 honors program classes
- 2 sophomore year
- 2 over junior and senior year
- 10 community service events
- 3 300+ College of Arts & Sciences classes
You must be registered for a minimum of sixteen academic credits in each semester in the Honors Program. You’ll also be reviewed, at specific points in your four years, for the following GPA requirements:
End of Fall Semester Sophomore Year – minimum 3.4 GPA cumulative
Sophomore Colloquia classes – minimum grade of “B”
End of Spring Semester Junior Year – minimum 3.45 GPA cumulative
Honors Seminar classes – minimum grade of “B”
Graduation – minimum 3.5 GPA
Honors seminar classes – minimum grade of “B”
HOW TO APPLY
To be considered for the Honors Program you must complete and submit the following:
- Essay in response to a given prompt
- Resume and cover letter
- 2 letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a BU faculty member)
Once we review your application, applicants will be selected for interviews with current members of the program.
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