Jul 13, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

Business Administration Major (B.B.A. in Business) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

Major Code BB1926

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723

Raymond Frost, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) program in business offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of business in one-on-one tutorials, small seminars, and conventional class relationships with business faculty. Maximum opportunities are afforded for the student to progress beyond the material found in the standard business curriculum. The program develops students’ research, writing, and presentation skills and provides excellent preparation for the job market or for graduate study. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. HTC students take a mix of conventional classes and tutorials. The mix tightly integrates students into both the College of Business and the Honors Tutorial College, rather than existing in an honors silo. To promote flexibility, students are exempt from many of the distribution requirements required of other business students. They are also exempt from course prerequisites and are given preferential scheduling.

Business Tutorials

Students are required to complete seven tutorials. Three of these tutorials are completed in a small seminar format.  The seminars include business concepts, entrepreneurship, and research methods. The next three tutorials are apprenticeships working one-on-one with faculty on each student’s area of interest. The last two tutorials focus on the creation of a thesis. Throughout the program, the student and the director of studies work closely to plan a customized academic program. A student will normally select tutorials from his or her major area of interest but may select tutorials from other business disciplines or disciplines outside the College of Business. In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete a freshman seminar, one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ), one Advanced Writing course (FAW), standard business core courses, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Most students choose one or more business majors, though the program’s flexibility allows students to double major in disciplines outside the College of Business including pre-med and pre-law.  Internships and/or study abroad are encouraged. Honors Tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester.

Advising and Monitoring

Each student receives initial advice from the director of studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee composed of the director of studies and the advisor will monitor the thesis work. A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, field work, etc.

The Honors Thesis

The honors thesis is a reflection of the student’s special interests. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of his or her director of studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literatures is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this scholarly base with field data whenever possible.


Students throughout the program earn letter grades consistent with the University grading system and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. In addition to letter grades, tutors complete narrative evaluations of the student’s work each semester addressing both the student’s academic standing and academic attitude.

Admissions Information

Freshmen/First-Year Admission

Applicants are selected on the basis of superior academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-programs/apply. Two letters of reference and a writing sample from a high school assignment are strongly recommended. 

Transfer Admission

Transfer opportunities are limited. Students are admitted typically as freshmen.  Interested students are urged to contact the HTC office for guidance.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Most students graduating from the program go directly into business careers in their chosen field. Many students subsequently pursue an M.B.A. or other master’s degree. We have also had students pursue law degrees, medical degrees, or doctorates.


HTC Grade Requirements

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Business Tutorials

Complete the following tutorials:

Senior Honors Thesis

Complete the following tutorials during the final year of study focused on the research and writing of an advisor/director of studies approved thesis or professional project:

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Cluster Courses

Complete the following courses in the same semester:

Economics Courses

Complete the following economics courses: