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February 13, 2012

Honors + Business = Awesome

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Written by: Brandon
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Honors at TCU is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

For the potential business majors out there – we like to take that a step further.

As graduation approaches, I can honestly say that combining my business degree with a background in honors was probably the smartest investment I could make in planning my academic curriculum at TCU. The professors are some of the best in Texas, let alone the country, and the level of diligence and care they take in their undergraduates’ professional development is second to none. From honors macroeconomics to the upper echelon courses of each respective business major, the journey business students take from freshman to senior year is a remarkable one filled with challenge, teamwork, and personal success.

You can tell from the beginning just how special an honors emphasis to business really is from the caliber of the freshman courses you sign up for. I’ll never forget microeconomics with Dr. Harvey (who coincidentally taught my dad!) and macro with Dr. Sawyer (strangely reminiscent of a modern-day Mark Twain).

My economics courses were some of the most memorable ones I’ve taken at TCU, largely because of the critical analysis and broad range of conversations we discussed each day in applying the material we covered in class to the events happening in the real world. Understanding Greece’s credit crisis or the delicate trade relationship the U.S. holds with China has never been more fascinating when you’re sitting at the edge of your seat listening to these gentlemen and your fellow classmates hash out the details you won’t find in your everyday Wall-Street Journal!

From there, a wide variety of options await.

Students are encouraged to apply for the Neeley Fellows program, an intense academic four-year curriculum that challenges students academically and professionally to develop the critical thinking and skill sets they’ll need to make an impact as future business leaders. Honors business students also often write theses related to their respective area of study – ranging as far as full-blown marketing focus groups to financial analyses of macroeconomic trends occurring in the market.

Some students are even privileged with the opportunity to lead consulting projects for major Fortune 500 companies in the DFW Metroplex – Lockheed Martin and BNSF Railway, to name a few.

Looking back over my past four years, I can honestly say that without this background and training, I would be nowhere close to the favorable position I’m in approaching what lies beyond graduation. Tying honors with business has opened so many doors for me – and I can’t wait to see what more awards it will reap in the future. 

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