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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 Fall 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 - Maximizing Individual and Organizational Performance

Professor Richard Kopelman

This special topics course will be taught by Prof. Richard Kopelman of the Management Department. Prof. Kopelman, the recipient of several teaching and research awards, is an expert on the subjects of work motivation, productivity, and organizational performance.  The course will be based on Prof. Kopelman’s new approach to organizational performance—“Getting to Cube One,” a framework based on evidence from real-life cases, including Google, Zappos, Four Seasons, Nordstrom, and May Clinic.  Unlike other approaches, Cube One addresses the needs of the key constituents: customers, employees, and investors, and incorporates practices related to Marketing, Quality, Finance, Operations, and Human Resource Management.  The course will include cases, in-class exercises, and real-life data related to motivation, leadership, and group decision-making in order to teach students how to run a successful organization. It is relevant to students from all majors, regardless of whether they want some day to start an organization, to analyze or consult with an organization, or to run an organization.


BUS 4112H - Industry and Competitive: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Professor Nanda Kumar

This course will focus on the in-depth analysis of one specific company or industry [which may change from semester to semester]. The purpose of the course is not to make students into experts on a specific company or industry, but rather to help students learn to explore, in depth, relevant and current issues affecting a company or industry from an interdisciplinary perspective. As well, the approach is designed to develop an understanding of the various social and policy concerns underlying many business problems. The course will be divided into loosely-coupled modules that will include case analysis.



BUS 6100H - Business Consulting

Professor Banai & Professor Tulimieri

This course trains students to apply theories and models from all fields of business, such as accountancy, finance, human resource management, information systems, operations management, and marketing, to solve business problems and dilemmas. It provides students with in-house and external consulting skills, including analytical, leadership, teamwork, and computer skills. Students work in teams on real-life consulting projects. The teams identify and meet with a client, target a specific client problem or goal, complete the necessary analyses, and provide recommendations in both a written report and class presentation. Sample consulting problems include segmenting a market, analyzing a financial instrument, and identifying new international markets or clients. Formal class presentations by the professor provide necessary background information. (Prerequisite BUS 4444H)

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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