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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 25 students.

Courses to be offered in Spring 2014

[For official course descriptions, please click on the course numbers.]

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 - Special Topics: Maximizing Individual and Organizational Performance

Prof. 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 4093H - Special Topics: Entrepreneurship & New Business Ventures

Prof. Scot Perlin

This special topics course will be taught by Prof. Scot Perlin, who was from 1996 to 2006 the Chief Financial Officer of Winfield Capital Corp, a public venture capital fund that focused on e-commerce, new media, technology and computer hardware/software investments.

When it comes to raising capital for early stage companies, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, agent bankers and their research analysts alike often consider themselves at cross purposes. By examining the issues of valuation, structure and control in this course, it is expected that students will gain the perspective needed in the fund raising process. Given that objective, team case studies will be chosen that illustrate how the different viewpoints can be reconciled.

BUS 6300H - Entrepreneurial Ventures Capstone

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 consider the impacts of 3D printing on business, and 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 special topics course is taught by Allison Lehr Samuels of the Management Department. 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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