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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 2016


BUS 4444H
- Cases in Business

Professor 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 4093H - Analyzing Economic and Business Data with R

Professor Sebastiano Manzan

The course will discuss the linear regression model and extend it to the case that the variables might have a nonlinear relationship. Despite being simple, the linear model can be a powerful tool to uncover the relationship between variables. We will consider both time series (variables changing over time; e.g., quarterly EPS for IBM) and longitudinal (variables changing across individuals at one point in time; loan defaults in quarter 3 at Freddie Mac) datasets since both are extremely relevant to business applications. The course will include a group project in which students develop an analysis of a business problem based on real datasets (e.g., Freddie Mac single-family loan level dataset, Lending Club loan dataset, Compustat). A learning goal of the course is also to introduce students to the R programming language which will be used throughout the course.

 

BUS 4093H - Behavioral Law & Economics, Business and Public Policy

Professor Matthew Edwards

This course will explore the business, public policy and ethical implications of behavioral law and economics.  This multidisciplinary movement is committed to a more realistic conception of human decision-making than is personified in Homo Economicus— the self-interested maximizer at the heart of rational choice theory.  The findings of behavioral economics, experimental economics, and social and cognitive psychology challenge traditional views of how people actually make real-life decisions.  The implications of BLE in fields such as finance and marketing are particularly profound, though these ideas can be extended to nearly every field of business.    The course will also investigate the controversies over paternalistic public policy and how BLE informs our understanding of business ethics.

 

BUS 4093H - Maximizing Individual and Organizational Performance (Capstone)

Professor Richard Kopelman

The course will be based on a 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.

 

Courses to be offered in Spring 2017


BUS 4444H
- Cases in Business

Professor 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 4093H - Special Topics: Great Decisions (Elective)

Mr. Noel Lateef

This special topics class will by taught by Mr. Noel Lateef, president of the Foreign Policy Association. It will be based on the Foreign Policy Association's Great Decisions series which varies each year to cover important topics world-wide that impact the business world.  Last year's topics included Greece and the EU; 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. Mr. Lateef invited many important guest speakers including various ambassadors, and a Harvard professor.

 

BUS 4111H - Financial Reporting and Analysis

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 valuations techniques, and analysis of earning quality.

 

BUS 4093H - Current Issues in Business Ethics (Capstone Course)

This course will focus on ethical issues in business. It will teach students how to incorporate an ethical perspective into their approach to real-world business problems. The course will not deal with "right or wrong:" rather it will deal with the analyzing the complexity and multiple perspectives associated with ethical issues. It will be a case-based seminar format.

 

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
  • An executive mentor to guide the student throughout her/his career at Baruch
  • 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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