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Zicklin Undergraduate Honors Programs

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The Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College offers an honors program in business to a select group of outstanding students who have a minimum GPA of 3.6 and a desire to be challenged both academically and professionally. The Zicklin Undergraduate Honors Program (ZUHP) differs from the other honors programs at Baruch College in its exclusive focus on business education. It enhances the already excellent business education provided by the Zicklin School with a group of advanced interdisciplinary courses and a full array of enriched, skill-building extracurricular activities. The goal of the program is to develop polished professionals who are well positioned to become leaders in their fields. To this end, ZUHP has partnered with Executives on Campus to provide each student with an executive mentor. The mentors guide their students throughout their careers at Baruch.

ZUHP students enjoy a small college experience while reaping all of the benefits that the Zicklin School has to offer. Each semester, a new cohort of students enters the program and takes honors classes together. ZUHP’s curriculum is built around the general minor with honors in Advanced Business Analysis, a group of special interdisciplinary courses designed to work in conjunction with the traditional discipline-based majors. Classes are seminars with a maximum enrollment of 30 students.

Courses to be offered in Spring 2015


BUS 4444H - Cases in Business

Prof. Gloria Thomas

This is an interdisciplinary case course that gives students a unique appreciation of the complexity of real-world business situations. It features cases taught by a team of faculty members from a variety of disciplines along with an impressive group of business executives. Guests in the spring included Mr. Larry Zicklin who taught cases in business ethics; a networking expert who has authored many books on the subject; and two Wall Street executives who taught a special class that explored the causes underlying the financial crisis of 2008. By teaching students to analyze complex problems and to develop workable solutions, this course helps to prepare students for the real-world problems that they will confront in the capstone courses BUS 6100H and BUS 6300H.


BUS 4093H - Foreign Policy Association Great Decisions

In spring 2015, ZUHP is fortunate to have Mr. Noel Lateef, president of the Foreign Policy Association, teaching a special topics class based on the FPA’s Great Decisions series. Some of the topics to be included in the 2015 series are: Russia and the Near Abroad; Privacy in the Digital Age; Sectarianism in the Middle East; India Changes Course;U.S. Policy Toward Africa; Syria's Refugee Crisis; Human Trafficking in the 21st Century; and Brazil's Metamorphosis.

As a former banker, Mr. Lateef will discuss these topics in from a business/economics perspective.


BUS 4111H - Financial Reporting and Analysis

Prof. John Paolicelli

This course is designed to prepare students to interpret and analyze financial statements effectively.  Topics include ratio analysis, liquidity, capital structure, trend analysis, profitability, industry standards, business valuation techniques, and analysis of earnings quality. We are fortunate to have Mr. John Paolicelli, CFO/SVP at Tourneau LLC, teaching this course for us in the spring. Mr.Paolicelli has extensive experience teaching financial reporting in Zicklin’s  Executive Masters programs.


BUS 4114H - Perspectives on Global Business and Economic Development

Prof. Michael Carew

This course encourages students to think critically about the role of business in economic development. It will consider various classic theories of the role of business in economic development including those by Adam Smith and Carl Marx.  These theoretical underpinnings will be used to examine and understand recent economic development in New York City, the US, and parts of the developing world.  Prof. Carew worked as an investment banker prior to earning his PhD and becoming a professor, and will bring a combination of theoretical knowledge and real-world experience to this seminar.


BUS 6300H - Entrepreneurial Ventures Creation

Prof. Allison Lehr-Samuels

Leaders must come up with new ideas, obtain resources, articulate their vision and get others to say “yes”. Leaders must successfully manage how new technologies will shape their business. Students will foster these skills in this capstone course, which teaches students the foundations of entrepreneurship and the process of venture creation. During the semester, students will move through the stages of conceptualizing a new venture idea, understanding feasibility, and then developing a case for the creation of this venture through the preparation of a viable business plan and pitch. This capstone course is taught by Allison Lehr Samuels of the Narendra Paul Loomba Department of Management. As a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship she has worked with over 1600 small business owners and entrepreneurs who have ranged from fashion designers, radio producers, and restaurateurs, to hedge fund consultants, violin makers and graphic designers. The class will include cases, lectures and numerous experiential learning activities.

Special Features and Benefits

The Zicklin Honors Undergraduate Program offers:

  • Special enhanced business courses including an optional Business Consulting Capstone Course in which students work with teams of MBA students on real-life business consulting projects.
  • First-day registration
  • A dedicated Honors Advisor
  • Small, discussion-oriented classes
  • A mentor from each student’s chosen field of specialization
  • Exposure to successful executives in a variety of business fields
  • A small community experience within the Zicklin School
  • Access to the Honors Lounge and study areas
  • Special skill-building workshops


Expectations of Students

Students are expected to:

  • maintain a 3.6 GPA
  • exhibit the highest standards of integrity
  • participate in the program’s extracurricular activities
  • attend extracurricular workshops to develop professional skills
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