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Smeal Schreyer Scholar

Academic Advising

  • Smeal Scholars are assigned to one of Smeal’s professional honors advisers during the first and second year.
  • Junior scholars in their majors are assigned an Honors Faculty Adviser in their academic department for issues related to honors thesis preparation and to provide advice in the area of careers and major field courses.
  • Junior scholars also retain their professional honors adviser for assistance with scheduling and academic planning.

Annual Academic Plan

Every Scholar is required to submit an Annual Academic Plan (AAP) which must be reviewed and approved by your academic adviser.

  • An annual plan is required to get students to look strategically ahead to future semesters and to organize a challenging and well thought-out program of study
  • The plan is designed to capture important information passed between you and your honors adviser as you discuss various issues and opportunities.
  • New Scholars have a filing deadline of the third week of classes in September and returning Scholars file their plan in early April.
  • Read more information about the AAP in the SHC Student Handbook online.
  • Find the online AAP form.

Honors Course Requirement

  • Do you have questions about what constitutes an honors course, or how to do an honors option? Want to search for a list of honors courses? View information on the Honors Course Requirement online.
  • Are you wondering how many honors courses you need? Check out the SHC Student Handbook online.

BA 412H (2 credits) - Honors Integration & Research Seminar

Smeal scholars take BA 412H instead of BA 411 (Analyzing Business and Industry-3 credits). The purpose of this seminar is to scrutinize contemporary business issues and trends discussed in professional and scholarly publications with the ultimate goal of helping you develop a thesis topic. It is suggested that you take this in your junior year; however, it may be delayed until the senior year if education abroad or internships are planned for the junior year.

Major components of the seminar include:

  • presentations by students of prior scholars theses
  • discussion of prominent articles appearing in publications like the Wall Street Journal
  • exposure to various data bases and web-based resources
  • presentations by faculty from various Smeal departments concerning research in their respective areas
  • team-based business analysis of actual companies selected by the students integrating material learned in the business curriculum