Eller Tracks of Excellence



Upper Division Core and Major Honors Courses

In their third and fourth years, Eller Honors students select one of the following Tracks of Excellence in order to complete six units of thesis work as required for graduation with Honors:

Track Description

Track 1: Academic Departmental Research

For Marketing, MIS, Business Economics, Business Management, Operations Management Majors, or Global Business Program Minor

To complete this track, initiate contact with a faculty member in the department of your major. That faculty member will serve as your advisor as you undertake research design and critical analysis for the discipline of your choice, leading to writing and presenting your thesis during the second semester of your senior year.
Course: Independent Study
Track 2: Entrepreneurship This track allows you to complete a business plan as your Honors thesis, working closely with faculty in the McGuire Entrepreneurship program to complete your Honors capstone project. This track requires acceptance to the McGuire Entrepreneurship program — please visit the McGuire website for application details.
Courses: ENTR 487H, MKTG 480H, FIN 480H, ENTR 484H, ENTR 420L
Track 3: Applied Portfolio Management If you are interested in finance, this track allows you to apply classroom learning to the active management of a portfolio, with your applied portfolio report serving as your final thesis. Admission to this track requires completing FIN 412, earning an A in FIN 421, FIN 423A, and approval from the Department of Finance. 
Courses: FIN 498H 
Track 4:  Accounting 

Completing your honors thesis in accounting is a two semester commitment.  The first semester begins with a more traditional classroom experience.  The course is taught by a research faculty member or experienced PhD student and focuses on understanding accounting research theories, developing research questions, and writing a well-developed research thesis proposal.  Successful completion of the first semester will enable you to continue into the second semester where you will gather data, execute the statistical tests and complete the writing of the thesis.  Both semesters will be graded, however, they do not count as part of the two accounting electives required to graduate.

Courses: ACCT498H 


See what some of our Spring 2017 Honors Graduates are doing! 

Name: Kham To

Majors/Minors: Finance and Business Economics 

Plans After Graduation: Rotational Development Program as a Trader at Edward Jones in Tempe, AZ

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Don't be afraid to get involved early! Join clubs, do case competitions, and apply for internships as early as your freshman year. All of these professional development opportunities will definitely make you stand out! If you don't know where to start, go to the Professional Development Center in Eller and the Career Coaches there will be glad to help.


Name: Ivan Escobosa 

Majors/Minors: Finance & Entrepreneurship

Plans After Graduation: Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Get involved ASAP, but in and out of Eller!


Name: Hannah Shanken

Majors/Minors: Marketing and Entrepreneurship, minor in French

Plans After Graduation: I will be working at Sakara Life in New York City, an organic meal delivery service startup, as the marketing and partnerships associate

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Get involved in clubs within Eller(go AdCats!), and soak up the time you have to spend on group projects, because that's how you'll make a lot of really great friends!

Name: Matthew Wall

Majors/Minors: Accounting, minors in Spanish, Government and Public Policy 

Plans After Graduation: After graduation, I will be attending the masters of sports law and business at Arizona State University. I hope to work in the sports industry and help my community. 

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Don't underestimate people. Whether they are in your BCOM group or just in your classes, you never know when others may be able to assist you during school or out in the real world. 


Name: Sydelle Harrison

Majors/Minors: Accounting and MIS 

Plans After Graduation: I will be interning for the summer with KPMG in San Francisco. In the fall I will be a part of KPMG's inaugural class of their Masters of Accounting with Data and Analytics Program at Villanova University. After I complete my masters I will be working as an auditor for KPMG in San Francisco. 

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Take advantage of every opportunity Eller gives you, because you never know who you'll meet and where it will take you. 

Name: Henry Roden

Majors/Minors:Finance and Management Information Systems

Plans After Graduation: Working In the corporate offices of Macy's Inc. in NYC on the Planning Track of their Executive Development Program

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Come of the gates strong during your first year and make meaningful relationships with your teachers, I still have an excellent working relationship with my first semester math teacher!

Name: Isabella Ritz

Majors/Minors: Finance

Plans After Graduation: Finance Leadership Development Program at Siemens

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students: Make sure you pick a major that you're passionate about because it will make your work rewarding and enjoyable; and enjoy your time in this amazing school because it goes by fast!

Name:Elizabeth (Liz) Spohn

Majors/Minors:Marketing, Management, Entrepreneurship

Plans After Graduation:Business Management Associate for General Mills in Scottsdale, AZ

One Piece of Advice for Incoming Eller Students:Don't be afraid to put yourself out there. I'm sure you hear it a lot, but get to know the people you work and go to class with. Your peers, professors, advisors, career coaches, and coworkers all make excellent mentors and connections which you can utilize in your future professional career. The closer you are to them and the better they know you, the more likely you are to stand out and be successful. 

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