Executive Leadership Honors Program

Howard School of Business Executive Leadership Honors Program

Mission Statement

To support higher academic achievement and individual excellence through honors-level business core classes, programming, and seminar, strategically designed to foster a cohesive community of ambitious students. 

Vision Statement 

To produce the next generation of business innovators and initiators, and produce the next generation of business innovators, initiators, and principled entrepreneurs.  

Program Components 

Experience-based Learning through Competitive Case Competitions

  • Students form multidisciplinary teams to engage in case analysis and problem-solving. Top performing teams are recognized through corporate sponsors and alumni at the program’s year-end banquet.

Exclusive Corporate Contact, Networking, and Professional Development Opportunities

  • Corporate sponsors conduct networking dinners, panel discussions, and training exclusively for Honors Program students.
  • Site visits to many sponsors through winter and spring corporate retreats.

Study Abroad Opportunities

  • Spring retreats are often held in a different country to directly expose students to the global business environment.
  • Student participation in one of the many study abroad opportunities offered through the School or University is highly encouraged.

Designated Honors Advisor

  • Honors Program students have access to a designated advisor that is specific to the Honors Program, in addition to the other School of Business academic advisors.
  • Honors Program students have priority class registration with access several days before general registration opens.

Personalized Academic Experience

  • Honors only sections are offered for 10 core courses. These are smaller sections which provide academic rigor and often utilize a case-based approach to learning, ensuring that advanced students are intellectually challenged and rewarded.
  • An Honors Seminar connects all Honors Program students in personal and professional development workshops, advanced case competitions, and corporate networking.

Service Learning

  • Students are encouraged to be thoughtful and active members of the community by connecting with vulnerable populations within the Washington Metropolitan community, building an understanding of their challenges, and the ways their expertise in business can help.

Leadership Development

  • Honors Program participants are offered added opportunities for leadership through team-based learning. All program participants are strongly encouraged to engage in ongoing leadership roles while the program provides the tools to assess one’s leadership style, acumen, strengths, and weaknesses.

Program History

  • As an outgrowth of the PEW Retention Grant Initiative, a formal Honors Program was established in the School of Business during the 1995-96 academic year. The establishment of this program provided much-needed services, support, and challenges for high excelling new entrants. The program has offered a liberal education so that students understand the issues and values of a broad spectrum of disciplines and prepared students for graduate and professional school, as well as the business world, through their experiences with independent research and case studies. It has ensured a diverse cadre of students with excellent skills and training is available to corporations, non-profits, the public sector and small businesses alike, by developing advanced students with the necessary training and exposure to become world-class business leaders.

Entrepreneurs | Innovators | Initiators | and Community Servants Welcome

Students who have graduated at the top of their classes, with exceptional SAT/ACT scores and GPAs are encouraged to apply as entering freshmen or as second semester rising sophomores by emailing: husbhonors@howard.edu.

Executive Leadership Honors Program

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