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Experiential Learning

2023 business honors students at the ureca conference

Experiential learning opportunities promote interdisciplinary learning, career development, leadership skills and many other valuable transferable skills that will prepare students be successful in the job market. Examples in the College of Business include internship, teaching assistant, and the Business Honors Program.

BUS 488 - Internship Course 

An academic internship is a form of experiential education that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skill development in a professional setting. Eligible students may earn academic credit; a faculty sponsor oversees the experience. The internship is usually the length or equivalent of an academic term, usually part-time, and either paid or unpaid. An integral component of the experience that distinguishes it from other types of work is one or more forms of structured and deliberate reflection based on predetermined learning objectives. 

Learn more about internship opportunities, eligibility, and process

Independent Research  

BUS 487 - Independent Research

Provides the opportunity for students to undertake a special independent project entailing advanced readings, reports, and discussion, or research on a topic of their own choosing with the guidance of a faculty member. May be repeated.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and undergraduate program director

Teaching Assistant  

BUS 475 & 476 - Teaching Practicum Course I & II

Students have the opportunity to become a teaching assistant in courses they have excelled in. This will lead students on a path to a more advanced level of training in the techniques of organization and management in the teaching of business management courses. Students are expected to assume greater responsibility in such areas as leading discussions, analyzing results of tests that have already been graded, and observing teaching. 

Students need a grade of A or A- in the course in which the student will assist. Permission from faculty and undergraduate program director is required. 

If interested in this opportunity, please start by contacting the faculty member of the course you are interested in for further instructions on the approval process and how to register.

Business Honors Program 

BUS 495 & 496 - Business Honors Program Thesis Course (Capstone Experience)

Qualified students can graduate with honors in the College of Business. This program enables junior and senior undergraduate students to pursue a track of excellence of their choice required for graduation with honors. Tracks of excellence include research work with a faculty member, partnering with a corporate sponsor, completing a business plan, pursuing social entrepreneurship/community impact, working in a five-student consulting team to a Fortune 500 company, and much more. 

Admission requirements for the honors program include an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher. Then, to graduate with honors requires an accumulated GPA of 3.5 or better, fulfillment of two Business Honors Program Thesis Capstone courses, and presenting at URECA.

Applicants must complete theBHP application which includes a 250-500 word essay. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Broadridge Financial Solutions Business Honors Program Option

Business Honors Program students have the opportunity to participate in an exclusive program with Broadridge Financial Solutions where they consult with Broadridge, a Fortune 500 company, in a 15-student, three-team, Fall (only) course designed to add value to Broadridge. Includes frequent communication and experiences with senior executives. The Spring semester for this honors track is geared towards student success post-graduation with networking and campus activities to engage with industry professionals. 

Discover more about the Business Honors Program