Academic Excellence

Academic excellence is one of the four pillars the PwC Scholars program focuses on to develop future leaders.

Requirements

Cumulative GPA of 3.6 each semester

PwC Scholars must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.6 each semester they are in the program, as well as add an additional major, minor (outside SOM) or concentration to their degree.

MGMT 150, Ethical Issues in Business

All new Scholars must take MGMT 150, Ethical Issues in Business, which aims to enhance written and oral communication. Students will gain knowledge about ethical dilemmas in the business world. All freshmen scholars take the class during the fall semester, while students who enter the program as sophomores take the class during the spring semester. Scholars will attend weekly three-hour sessions, where they will be assigned various essays as well as four presentations (two individual, one group, and one debate). After each presentation, the professor and other students in the class will ask a round of questions about the topic and give constructive criticism.

MGMT 350, Scholars Community Project

MGMT 350, Scholars Community Project, is also a required course, and usually taken during junior year. The purpose of this course is to further enhance project management skills through the process of creating, planning and executing an idea. Scholars are divided into teams to develop a project meant to benefit the PwC Scholars program, the School of Management, Binghamton University, or the Binghamton community. The course includes in-class discussions and independent assignments. The groups will be expected to give progress reports and meet deadlines they set for themselves. At the end of the course, each team will give a presentation summarizing their progress and their overall takeaways. Past projects include:

  • Improving an existing program or event
  • Developing a mission statement
  • Revamping an existing course
  • Assisting admissions in reaching out to high school students interested in SOM
  • Helping a local organization with a specific project
  • Starting a campaign to improve the downtown Binghamton area