University Honors for BSM Students

The Honors Program offers exceptional students an enhanced environment to complement the educational opportunities available at Tulane University. The Honors Program office is located in 105 Hebert Hall. For more information on the university’s honors program please visit this link: http://honors.tulane.edu.

Students admitted Fall 2013 and later
In order to graduate from Tulane with Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) students must meet the following GPA requirements: summa = the top 5% of the graduating class, magna = the next 10% of the graduating class, and cum laude = the next 15%. These standards will be calculated based on the grades of the previous graduating class, and will be announced in the letters students receive over the summer from Newcomb-Tulane College.

Students admitted prior to Fall 2013
Students admitted prior to Fall 2013 have the option of achieving high Latin honors either under the requirements that were in place at the time of matriculation (option #1) or the new requirements (option #2).

Option #1 - In order to graduate from Tulane with high Latin honors and scholarly honors, students must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher, take the appropriate number of honors courses or equivalents, and write an honors thesis or equivalent project during the senior year. Students should also have no record of honor code violation.

Honors students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher. Students admitted with Honors status at the beginning of the freshman year will retain that status during their freshmen and sophomore years as long as they maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.45. Students who do not have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 at the end of the sophomore year will lose Honors status at that time. In order to achieve Honors status after the end of the freshman year, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.6 or higher and complete an enrollment form.

High Latin Honors - Magna Cum Laude and Summa Cum Laude
A student who at the time of graduation has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.600, has completed the requirements of the Honors Program, and has fulfilled the requirement for scholarly honors—specifically, the Honors Thesis--is awarded the degree magna cum laude. A student who at the time of graduation has achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.800, has completed the requirements of the Honors Program, and has fulfilled the requirements for scholarly honors is awarded the degree summa cum laude. These distinctions are reserved for Tulane Honors Students only.

Honors Courses
The number of honors courses required can vary depending on when a student enters the program. Honors students who enter the program as freshmen are required to take at least four honors courses or equivalents, ideally before beginning the honors thesis. In most cases, students who enter the program as sophomores are required to take three honors courses, and students who enter as juniors are required to take two honors courses. At least two of these courses must be at the 3000-level or above. Honors students are strongly advised to take as many honors courses as their majors or specific courses of study will bear.

Honors course requirements can be met in the following ways:

1. Designated Honors courses in departments and interdisciplinary Honors Colloquia.

2. Honors option: This is a mechanism whereby a non-honors course may be counted towards the honors course requirement. Students negotiate with instructors to enhance the course in some way, typically (but not exclusively) by adding some significant reading and writing component, and then petition to the Director of the Honors Program to receive honors credit for the enhanced course. Credit will typically be given only in courses at the 3000 level or above.

3. Certain specific courses in chemistry and cell and molecular biology: CHEM 3830-3840 and 3120.

4. Select Junior Year Abroad programs. More information can be found at: http://honors.tulane.edu/web/default.asp?id=StudyAbroad.

5. Independent studies of three credits (class numbers 4910 or 4920).

6. The “DIY” lecture series: see the Honors Program for more information.

7. Graduate courses. Note: BSM Students cannot take graduate level business courses unless accepted to the Master of Accountancy Program. Courses taken towards the Master of Accountancy degree requirements do not count towards the honors course requirements. To be in good academic standing at the beginning of the fall semester of the senior year, students need a 3.6 GPA and should have credit for the appropriate number of Honors courses.

Option #2 - In order to graduate from Tulane with Latin honors (cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude) students must meet the following GPA requirements: summa = the top 5% of the graduating class, and magna = the next 10% of the graduating class. These standards will be calculated based on the grades of the previous graduating class. For students graduating in May 2014 and qualifying for Latin honors under the new rules, summa will require a GPA of 3.900, and magna will require a GPA of 3.800. For students admitted prior to Fall 2013, cum laude will still require a GPA of 3.400.

Honors Thesis - Graduating with Scholarly Honors
The Honors Thesis remains Tulane’s principle way of recognizing achievement in undergraduate research and scholarship. Students who complete Honors Theses receive scholarly honors in their major or majors, in addition to any Latin honors. To be eligible for scholarly honors, BSM students must have an overall grade-point average of at least 3.400, a Freeman GPA of 3.500, and complete a Business Honors Thesis during their senior year. The honors thesis or project is a full-year endeavor. Criteria for completion of the thesis, a schedule of relevant dates (including deadlines for a progress report and completion of the first chapter), as well as necessary forms, can be obtained online from the honors program website or in the honors program office. The Business Honors Thesis can be satisfied in two ways:

1. Business Case Write-Up: Students will write an original business case along with teaching notes and a comprehensive literature review. To follow this option, in the fall semester of the senior year, students enroll in MGMT 4990 where they begin to explore the process of writing a business case. In MGMT 5000, students complete their honors thesis during the spring semester of their senior year. It is strongly recommended that students also register for the honors section of MGMT 4010, Strategic Management, in the fall to begin the process of research and writing the case and literature review. The instructor of the honors section of MGMT 4010 serves as the director or advisor of the business honors thesis. An additional faculty member is added as the second reader for all students. MGMT 4990 and 5000 are three credits each.

Note: Students in the joint BSM/MACCT program can take MGMT 4990 and MGMT 5000 during their fourth or fifth year at Tulane, whichever year the busy season internship is NOT being done.

2. Traditional Honors Thesis: Students can choose to do the traditional honors thesis if they wish to and must consult with the University’s Honors Program Office in 105 Hebert Hall for details. With this honors thesis option, students still must complete the business capstone experience (MGMT 4010 & MGMT 4900); however, the honors section of MGMT 4010 is not required.


 

 

Last Updated 3/27/14
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