Honors Requirements

LAMP Honors Certificate students are unique, and the courses they take reflect that.

The LAMP Honors Certificate is a national exemplar for liberal arts education at its best. Every student in the program takes a set of courses from the IU College of Arts and Sciences and the IU Kelley School of Business, as well as courses only Honors Certificate students can take. 

A. LAMP classes that emphasize critical thinking, quantitative analysis, intensive writing, and interdisciplinary learning.

  1. LAMP L216 (LAMP Sophomore Seminar: Business and Humanities).
    1. Restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program.
  2. LAMP X215 (Critical Thinking Lab). A 1 credit, 8-week class, taken in conjunction with LAMP L216.
    1. Restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program.
  3. LAMP X298 (Challenges of Life and Work in the 21st Century). This course is taken during spring of the sophomore year.
    1. Restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certifiacte program.
  4. LAMP L316 (LAMP Junior Seminar: Analytical Problem Solving).
    1. Restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program.
  5. LAMP L416 (LAMP Senior Seminar: Liberal Arts and Management).
    1. Restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program.

B. Courses in the IU College of Arts and Sciences that are foundational to the study of management and business.

  1. ECON E201* or ECON S201* (Introduction to Microeconomics).
  2. ECON E202*or ECON S202* (Introduction to Macroeconomics).
  3. One of these three courses: MATH M118, S118, or A118 (Finite Math)
    or one of these two courses:
    MATH M119 (Brief Survey of Calculus)
    MATH M211 (Calculus I)
    or MATH M213 (Accelerated Calculus).

C. Courses in the IU Kelley School of Business that develop technical business skills.

  1. BUS A200* (Foundations of Accounting).
    or these two courses combined: BUS A100* (Basic Accounting Skills); BUS A201* (Introduction to Accounting).
  2. BUS K201, BUS K204, or CSCI A110*. A course on computers and technology in business.
  3. BUS L201 or BUS L293* (Legal Environment of Business).
  4. BUS X333 (Managing Business Functions).
  5. BUS Z302 or BUS Z304 (Managing and Behavior in Organizations). Or an approved substitute.

* Strongly recommended that you take these before LAMP L316

LAMP courses help students:

  • Better understand the relationship between business and society.
  • Improve critical thinking and analytical reasoning abilities.
  • Draw on multiple perspectives and disciplinary traditions to analyze a given issue or problem.
  • Improve written and oral communication skills.
  • Develop and defend strong arguments.
  • Analyze and interpret texts and data to find answers to important questions.
  • Tolerate—and even embrace—ambiguity.

Courses Unique to LAMP

  • LAMP L216

    LAMP L216 is LAMP's sophomore-level topical seminar, restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certficate program. The class enrolls no more than 25 LAMP students. It is primarily discussion-based, and explores a specific issue, question, or problem concerning the relationship between business and society, broadly defined. The course fulfills the IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Intensive Writing requirement and counts toward the Hutton Honors College general honors certificate. Topics for L216 vary by instructor and year. Instructors come from both the IU Kelley School of Business and the College.

    Recent examples of L216 topics include:

    • Inequality and the American Dream
    • Luxury, from Mortal Sin to Market Sector
    • Black Markets: Supply and Demand
    • Doing Business in China
  • LAMP X215

    Students taking L216 must co-enroll in LAMP X215, an 8-week, 1-credit lab class that focuses on critical thinking and logical reasoning. Students learn to articulate and defend strong arguments—and to gather appropriate evidence in support of their theses. These skills are further enhanced in subsequent LAMP classes. This course is restricted to students admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program.

  • LAMP L316

    LAMP L316 is a junior-level, service-learning course that trains LAMP students to use quantitative methods and analytic skills to explore and solve business-related problems. Through classroom instruction, weekly labs, and a project for a real-world client, students develop their statistical skills, learn to be savvy consumers of statistics, and learn to assess and interpret statistical results. L316 satisfies the statistics/methods requirement for several majors in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

    L316 is a IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Natural & Mathematical Sciences (CASE N&M) distribution course; also only available to students who are admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program. Students are strongly encouraged to complete the following courses before enrolling in L316:

    • ECON E201 or ECON S201
    • ECON E202 or ECON S202
    • BUS-A200 (or both BUS A100 and BUS A201)
    • BUS L201
    • BUS K201 or CSCI A110
  • LAMP X298

    LAMP X298 is a unique career-development class only available to students who are admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program. It is taken during the spring semester of a student's first year in LAMP. An exercise in self-exploration and professional analysis, X298 covers both personal and professional development. The course explores the professional and economic environment students enter after graduation, and helps students nurture their passions—and develop the strengths, aptitudes, and skills necessary to meet the challenges that await them. LAMP students leave this course with the resources to further investigate their interests and better manage their personal long-term career development.

  • LAMP L416

    LAMP L416 is LAMP's senior-level topical seminar restricted to students who are admitted to the LAMP honors certificate program. The class enrolls no more than 25 LAMP students. It is primarily discussion-based, and explores a specific issue, question, or problem concerning the relationship between business and society, broadly defined. The course fulfills the IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Intensive Writing requirement and counts toward the Hutton Honors College general honors certificate. Topics for L416 vary by instructor and year. Instructors come from both the IU Kelley School of Business and the College.

    Recent examples of L416 topics include:

    • Perspectives on American Consumerism
    • Language and Management
    • The Meat We Eat
    • Success Stories: Business Narratives and Narratives in Business
  • LAMP X373

    LAMP X373 is an optional internship course available only to LAMP students. Advance approval from the director of LAMP is required. X373 provides an opportunity for students to receive credit for supervised, career-related work appropriate to LAMP. Students may earn a maximum of 3 credit hours for a single internship experience. It may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Students cannot receive credit both from LAMP and from another department or program for the same internship experience.

    Internship Requirements

    Summer internships must last 9 weeks at 30 hours per week. Fall and spring semester internships should be approximately 15 hours per week. The internships also must:  

    • Be supervised by a supervisor or team leader who weekly ascertains challenges, progress, etc.
    • Have a meaningful learning component that is connected either to your field of interest or to your understanding of career fields.
    • Offer substantive work relating to a relevant agency function or project.
    • Lead to increased employability in your field of interest.
  • BUS X333

    BUS X333 Managing Business Functions is offered through the IU Kelley School of Business for LAMP students only. Students will become familiar with the principles and theories that guide the way that companies are organized—and the processes by which they reorganize and change. Students first learn to describe what existing organizations do, and then to prescribe ways in which organizations can be designed to work more effectively.