Seung Bach, second from left, interim associate dean of the College of Business Administration, with Business Honors Program students.
Sacramento State’s year-old Business Honors Program takes some of the brightest students in the College of Business Administration and grooms them to become accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders after graduation.
Admission to the four-semester program is based on academic achievement. Candidates must be juniors with an SAT score of at least 1800 and a grade-point average of 3.5 or better. They must also show evidence of leadership.
Sac State launched Business Honors in Fall 2012 with 20 students, who are moving through the program together as a cohort. The second cohort of 22 students will enter the program this fall.
The program “addresses the needs of highly motivated Sac State students and the employers who look for future employees with cross-functional knowledge and integrated problem-solving skills,” says Seung Bach, the interim associate dean for the Undergraduate Program and associate professor of entrepreneurship and strategic management.
The curriculum challenges students to use critical thinking in making decisions and solving problems. They are immersed in a learning experience where, in addition to the knowledge shared by their professors, they meet working professionals who can offer insight into real-world businesses. Students spend less time learning about the disciplines within a business and more time understanding how that business works.
“The program will prepare students to have highly desirable business knowledge and skills,” says Bach.
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– Dixie Reid