The Curriculum

The School of Innovation and Global Leadership and the School of Management joint Honors curriculum offers a challenging learning experience that combines academic rigor with practical experience. You will be learning in small classes and working in groups of highly motivated and accomplished peers, who will spur you to new heights.

The Organization & Management Honors curriculum comprises two courses:

  • Theory seminar (offered by the School of Management: Bus 169A)

    This course introduces students to seminal thinkers in management and related fields. The object of the seminar is to broaden students’ understanding of organizations, organizational life and the way organizations function, by focusing on key research on topics in organization and management. A major objective is to improve students' analytical thinking skills, as part of preparation for graduate school, law school or a management career. The course is cross-disciplinary, drawing on readings from psychology, sociology and organizational behavior.  The course covers topics such as diversity, negotiations, influence, cooperation, culture, power, politics and resource dependency, leadership, entrepreneurship, organizational learning and social capital. Students are expected to relate these readings to their own work or internship experiences.The written paper required in this course normally satisfies the requirement of the Sbona Honors Program to complete a scholarly paper prior to graduation with honors. For more information on Bus 169A, please contact Professor Elizabeth Mullen for details. 
  • Practicum (offered by the School of Global Innovation and Leadership: Bus 169B)

    This course provides an applied practical experience under the supervision of a faculty member for students admitted to the Honors Program. This will involve working as part of a team of students with a local company on a consulting project, to be determined by the company and the supervising faculty member. Participation in the project will be unpaid. The teams will meet once a week with the supervising faculty member.

    While Bus 169B projects are normally performed in teams of two-to-four SoM & SGIL students, students may also be asked to participate in cross-functional teams with other Sbona Honors Program students. Information for prospective sponsors can be found at the Sbona Honors Program web pages.

    Bus 169B students have worked on projects for a range of nationally known companies, including Accenture, Barnes & Noble, Cisco, IBM, Nike and Oracle. We have also worked for nonprofits and government agencies, including City of San Jose, Eclipse Foundation and SolarTech.

    For more information on Bus 169B, please contact Professor Anuradha Basu for details