The honors program in finance is reserved for students of high promise and exceptional ability. Students admitted to this program are characterized by outstanding academic performance, exceptional leadership capability, high aptitude for superior academic work and exceptional ability for making meaningful contributions during a professional career.
Honors students in finance proceed through the program together in a cohort system with peers who have similar exceptional abilities. Courses reserved for honors students are advanced in nature, student-oriented and small. Students in the program are afforded the opportunity to interact with leaders from finance and business communities in small settings.
Students with an overall GPA of 3.3 or higher and a minimum grade of B+ in FIN 310 or are enrolled in FIN310 in the winter quarter are eligible to apply for admission into the program at the beginning of the winter quarter. The admissions committee will consider the student's GPA, grade in FIN 310 as well as other evidence of superior academic performance for admission into the program. Once admitted, students will begin the curriculum in the spring quarter of the current academic year, and will complete the curriculum in the spring quarter of the following year.
The program consists of a set of courses taught in lock step during the junior and senior years. The honors student cohort will be exposed to rigorous and challenging courses in corporate finance, risk management, financial statement analysis and financial accounting. Analytical writing and teamwork skills will be emphasized throughout the program.
Among the advantages of the honors program are better exposure to corporate recruiters, greater interaction with financial executives, priority enrollment, and greater assistance developing résumé and interviewing skills.
Sonya Lim, PhD
Director, Finance Honors Program
Department of Finance