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The Fogelman Honors Program

What is special about the Fogelman Honors Program?  We assign our best, most student-friendly instructors to teach honors courses.

We make an effort to limit enrollment in honors courses, so that students can more effectively interact with their instructors and classmates.  Associating with other smart, hard-working, and ambitious students brings out the best in you.  Friendships made in honors courses last a lifetime.

Honors instructors use a variety of techniques, including guest speakers, student involvement in research activities, field trips, group projects, and the application of skills learned in class to the solution of real-world business and social problems, to provide an enriching educational experience.

Honors students are encouraged to participate in the MILE program, Toastmasters, and the numerous other “beyond the classroom” experiences that are provided by the Fogelman College of Business and Economics.  They are assisted in applying for scholarships and internships.

Students may participate in the Fogelman Honors Program while participating in the Helen Hardin University Honors Program.

What are the requirements for participating in the Fogelman Honors Program?

Incoming freshmen with a 27 or better on the ACT or the equivalent on other tests are eligible to enroll in the Fogelman College’s lower-division honors courses.  Transfer students or students currently enrolled in The University of Memphis are eligible to enroll in the college’s lower-division honors courses if they have an overall g.p.a. of at least 3.0 or the recommendation of a faculty member.  Students must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.25 in all Business courses and an overall g.p.a. of at least 3.0 to enroll in upper-division honors courses offered by the Fogelman College.  Retention in the honors program requires that a student maintain at least a 3.0 overall g.p.a. and at least a 3.25 g.p.a. in all Business courses.  In order to receive honors credit for any Business course, a grade of at least “B” is required.

Do I receive recognition for participation in the Fogelman Honors Program?

“Honors in Business and Economics” will appear on your transcript and diploma if you complete the required number of Business honors courses with a grade of at least “B”, maintain the required g.p.a. in Business courses and the required overall g.p.a., and either write an honors thesis or participate in two honors experiences approved by the Director of the Fogelman Honors Program.  The specifics of these requirements can be obtained from the Director of the Fogelman Honors Program.  Students who do not meet these requirements, but have completed a minimum of four Business honors courses with a grade of at least “B” in each, will receive a “Certificate of Achievement” in Business Honors.

What is the purpose of the Honors Program in The Fogelman College of Business and Economics?

The Fogelman Honors Program is designed to provide the college’s best student enriching academic, cultural, and social experiences, to assist them in their efforts to obtain satisfying employment and advance in their careers, and to participate in their development as well-rounded people who will live happy, meaningful, and productive lives.

What if I have questions about the Fogelman Honors Program?

Contact Irvin L. Tankersley, J.D., Director of the Fogelman Honors Program (678-4635, itnkrsly@memphis.edu), with questions about honors program requirements.  Contact Mary Johnson, BSEd, Honors Advisor (678-4070, mjohnson@memphis.edu), for information about registering for honors courses or for academic advising.

Contracting Honors

Honors Application

Honors Experiences

Honors Thesis


Dr. Irvin Tankersley
Phone: 901-678-4635
Office Location: FCB 224
Email: itnkrsly@memphis.edu

Mary Johnson
Phone: 901-678-4070
Office Location: FCB 431
Email: mjohnson@memphis.edu

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