Students are required to complete eight tutorials within The College of Business, including two devoted to the thesis. The first several tutorials are organized as small seminars. This develops a strong team dynamic among the students. The first seminar introduces students to a variety of important business concepts and functions. The next seminar teaches students about entrepreneurship and developing new business ideas. A student will normally select other tutorials from his or her major area of interest.
In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete courses in freshman composition, math, core business courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the Director of Studies (credit will be given only once). Honors Tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester.
Each student receives ongoing advice from the Director of Studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee is composed of the Director of Studies and the Advisor will monitor the thesis work.
A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, field work, etc.
The Honors Thesis is a reflection of the student's special interests. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literatures is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this scholarly base with field data whenever possible.
Students are selected by the Director of Studies of the Business Tutorial Program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score of 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%).
An interview with a representative of the College of Business is required for acceptance into our program. Two recommendations, preferably from high school teachers, are recommended. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways.
Dr. Raymond Frost
Director of Studies
Dept. of Management Information Systems
214F Copeland Hall
Athens, OH 45701 (740) 597-2902