Program Overview

The Fox School of Business Honors Program is an accelerated program within a nationally ranked business school. As a member of the honors community you engage in collaborative, interactive learning with gifted and motivated classmates — peers who take their studies seriously, support one another, and challenge themselves.

Honors students have the opportunity to enroll in course sections exclusively for honors students-classes taught by faculty committed to teaching and uniquely qualified to address the needs of their students. The smaller sections provide more personal attention and integrate technology into every aspect of the learning process. Enrollment is usually capped at 25 students so that classes can emphasize discussion, group presentations, case study analyses and researching actual business ventures.

The Fox School Honors Program integrates professional development into unique programs that help students build their careers. Through the Center for Student Professional Development (CSPD) honors students build outstanding job search skills, ethical standards. The CSPD works very closely with the 25 student professional organizations that represent each major and allow students to get involved within the Fox School immediately. These student professional organizations help students connect to students and faculty in their discipline and network with successful alumni and executives in the field in which they are studying. We even have one just for the business honors students: the Business Honors Student Association.

The FSBM Honors Program combines the benefits of a small program with the immense resources of a significant University located in one of the largest cities in the U.S.

Requirements for Fox Honors – For continuing students that entered Temple prior to Fall 2014

The FSBM Honors curriculum parallels the FSBM core. Honors does not require additional courses, it replaces regular business classes with classes in the Honors Program. Once you have completed honors your transcript will read that you have completed the Business Honors Program.

Freshman/Transfer/Continuing Students with less than 45 credits:
You must take a total of 9 honors courses (8 Fox Honors and 1 2000/3000-level University Honors course) plus the designated amount required by University Honors. Four of your eight Fox must be HRM 1901, Acct 2901, BA 3903 and BA 4901.  If you complete one of these prior to entering the program, you must still meet the minimum course requirement.

Transfer/Continuing Students with 45-60 credits:

You must take a total of 7 honors courses (6 Fox Honors and 1 2000/3000-level University Honors course) plus the designated amount required by University Honors. Four courses must be 2000 level and above with two of these being BA 3903 and BA 4901.  If you have not completed HRM 1901 and/or Acct 2901, these must be taken in honors.

Transfer/Continuing Students with more than 60 credits:

You must take at least 5 honors courses (4 Fox Honors and 1 2000/3000-level University Honors course) plus the designated amount required by University Honors. All four Fox courses must be 2000 level and above. Two of these courses must be BA 3903 and BA 4901.

Requirements for Fox Honors – For new students that entered Temple Fall 2014

10 courses
1000 level (2 courses, select from):

ECON 1902 (Microeconomics)

HRM 1901 (Introduction to Management)
LGLS 1901 (Legal Environment of Business)

2000 level (5 courses, select from):

ACCT 2901 (Financial Accounting)
ACCT 2902 (Managerial Accounting)
BA 2996 (Business Communications)
MIS 2901 (Management Information Systems)
MKT 2901 (Marketing)
RMI 2901 (Risk Management)
STAT 2903 (Statistics)

3000/4000 (3 courses, select from):Fin 3901 (Finance)
MSOM 3901 (Operations Management)
HRM 3903 (Locker Room to Board Room)
HRM 3904 (Leadership)
BA 3902 (Ethics)

BA 3903 (Integrative Business Applications)
BA 4901 (Business Capstone) or Alter Research/Diamond Research Scholar thesis.

-Only one of BA 3902, HRM 3903, and HRM 3904 may be taken to meet this requirement.
-Must take one pre-approved Excel intensive class (e.g., STAT 2903, ACCT 2902, or FIN 3901).  This can also satisfy a 2000/3000 level requirement.

Leadership/community service co-curricular requirement;   upper classmen can meet this requirement through HRM 3904 and satisfy one course for the 3000/4000 requirement.
Required experiential learning that can be met within a course, either school-wide (e.g. EMC or project-based BA 4901, including SBDC projects) or departmental (e.g. Owl Fund, HR on the Ground, or MIS consulting).  The departmental courses need approval from the UPC.  Additional options include:

-A pre-approved independent study option with an honors contract under strict guidelines approved by Honors Faculty Fellows and the academic director of the BBA program.  This requirement could include field experience courses that meet the same requirements as a pre-approved independent study above.

-Selected internships or participation in national case competitions with pre-approval from the Fox Honors Academic Director.

-The Alter Research Scholars program following precedence from past practice.

Fox Honors Scholar: awarded to students who complete 13 honors courses with an overall, minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Requirements for Fox Honors Statistical Science & Data Analytics majors – For new students that entered Temple Fall 2016

  • 10 courses
  • 1000 level (2 courses):
    • ECON 1901 (Macroeconomics)
    • HRM 1901 (Introduction to Management)
  • 2000 level (5 courses):
    • ACCT 2901 (Financial Accounting)
    • BA 2996 (Business Communications)
    • MKT 2901 (Marketing)
    • RMI 2901 (Risk Management)
    • STAT 2903 (Statistics)
  • 1900-3900 Honors courses (3 courses, select from):
    • Acct 2902 (Managerial Accounting)*
    • Fin 3901 (Finance)*
    • MSOM 3901 (Operations Management)#
    • HRM 3903 (Locker Room to Board Room)
    • HRM 3904 (Leadership)
    • Math 1941 (Calc I)
    • Math 1942 (Calc II)
  • Leadership/community service co-curricular requirement;   upper classmen can meet this requirement through HRM 3904 and satisfy one course for the 3000/4000 requirement.
  • Fox Honors Scholar: awarded to students who complete 13 honors courses with an overall, minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

*Acct 2902 and Fin 3901 would satisfy both Focus Area requirements for major

#MSOM 3901 would satisfy one Focus Area requirement for major (along with SCM 3515/3516)

Classes currently offered for Fox Honors Credit:

Law 1901                                Stat 2903                     BA 3902                      BA 4901

HRM 1901                               Mktg 2901                   BA 3903

Econ 1901                               RMI 2901                    Finance 3901

Econ 1902                               MIS 2901                     HRM 3903

Math 1941/42*                       Acct 2901                    HRM 3904

BA 2996                                  Acct 2902                    MSOM 3901

(*for SS & DA majors only)

Policies & Performance Assessment in the Business Honors Program

At the end of every semester, the Honors Program evaluates student performance. If your current grade point average (GPA) lies between 3.25 — 4.0 and you have not gone more than one semester without taking a Business Honors course, you are a member in Good Standing. Students in good standing may continue to take FSBM Honors courses. If you do not hear otherwise from an Honors staff member, you may assume that you are in good standing.

If your cumulative GPA falls below 3.25, or you go one semester without taking an honors course, you will be placed on probation. Probation is meant as a warning; students on probation may continue to take honors courses. Students who find that they are on probation should meet with the Honors staff as soon as possible to explore ways to improve their performance.

If your cumulative GPA is below 3.25 for two consecutive semesters, or if you don’t take an honors course in consecutive semesters, you will be demitted from the Business Honors Program. The aim here is to put you in a setting where you are more likely to succeed. We hope that relieving you of the demands of the Honors Program will enable you to regain your equilibrium. You may reapply to the Honors Program the next semester. If your GPA rises sufficiently (to at least 3.25 for at least 12 credit hours), you will be readmitted.

If your semester GPA is below 3.25 for one semester, you should meet with an Honors staff member as soon as possible to explore ways to improve your performance. If your semester GPA is below 3.25 for two consecutive semesters, you will be placed on probation. If your cumulative GPA is below 3.25 for three consecutive semesters, you will be demitted from the Honors Program.

Please note that if you are demitted from Honors at any point (University or Fox), any Fox scholarship offered at the time of admission will be rescinded.

While the University allows for five withdrawals in your academic career, the Business Honors Program allows for no more than two. Students with more than two non-medical withdrawals will be demitted from Business Honors.

All of these regulations are aimed at doing everything we can to help students reach high levels of academic success. Remember, at all times we expect you to be full-time, matriculated students. If you have any questions about any of the policies, please see the Honors staff in the Business Honors office.

Fox Honors Leadership/Immersion Points

In addition to the academic requirements of the program, Fox Honors students will also need to satisfy a co-curricular requirement:

Leadership

-Immersion program (30 pts year, 15 for half-semester admits)

Community Service

-20 hours a semester with an organization/group

Select coursework

-HRM 3904, other leadership-based courses (needs prior approval)

Students who do not meet the annual minimum leadership point mark, even those who possess a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher, will be removed from the Fox Honors program. Please note that if you are demitted from Honors at any point, any Fox scholarship offered at the time of admission will be rescinded.