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BHP Course Limits

To ensure that all students can obtain the courses they need, we will be enforcing a new policy regarding registration for BHP classes. Beginning October 2014, if you register for more courses than permitted and another BHP student needs one of your classes to stay on track for graduation, you will be dropped from that course unless you have discussed your circumstances with a BHP advisor and have obtained permission to go beyond the limit. Consult the table below for limitations now in place for BHP classes for the spring 2015 semester.

As a reminder, BHP is a 4-year program that culminates with the MAN 374H capstone course. After sophomore year, there are only 6 BHP courses (max) to be completed in 4 semesters: MAN 336H, MKT 337H, FIN 357H, OM 335H, LEB 323H and MAN 374H. When all students take 1-2 of these courses per semester, there are enough seats for everyone. 

How many of the following 6 BHP courses may I take in spring 2015?
(MAN 336H, MKT 337H, FIN 357H, OM 335H, LEB 323H, MAN 374H)

 # of BHP courses
from list above
completed by
end of fall 2014
(class of 2015) 
Juniors (Class of 2016;
took ACC 312H in spring 2014)
Sophomores (Class of 2016;
taking ACC 312H in spring 2015)
 0  see advisor  see advisor  May take 1 if space available*
 1  see advisor should take 2
(leaves 3 classes for senior year) 
 May take 1 if space available*
 2  see advisor
1 is sufficient, but may take 2
(leaves 2-3 classes for senior year) 
 3  see advisor
You are ahead, but may take 1 
(leaves 2 classes for senior year)  
 4 see advisor to
discuss taking
MAN 374H +
remaining BHP course 
 You are ahead, and should not take a BHP
course in spring. If you intend to graduate 
early (ex: MPA student), you must discuss 
this with your advisor 
 5 1 (MAN 374H)  You are ahead, and should not take a BHP
course in spring. If you intend to graduate 
early (ex: MPA student), you must discuss 
this with your advisor 

*not required or expected but may be helpful for FIN majors

Note: This information is also available in a text format.

BHP Course Sequencing & Limits: FAQs

Q: Why this new rule?
The BHP curriculum has always been a 4-year program that assumes manageable semesters of 1-2 BHP courses after sophomore year. When students follow this pace, there are enough seats for all students and class sizes stay small. This allows the BHP to deliver what was intended; case-based curriculum in smaller learning communities, and progression through the major as a cohort. These registration limits are not designed to be punitive, but to ensure that all BHP students can stay on track and to educate the BHP community about what “on track” means. This should prevent students from over-registering for BHP courses, leaving more seats for all students, reducing the number of force-add requests, and ultimately ensuring the integrity of the program.

Q: How do I know if I’m ahead or behind?

Refer to this chart for a quick guide.

 Semesters Completed How many of the following BHP courses 
should be completed to stay on track?
(MAN 336H, MKT 337H, OM 335H
FIN 357H, LEB 323H, MAN 374H)
 4 (end of sophomore year)  0
 6 (end of junior year)  3-4
 8 (end of senior year)  6

Q: What if the classes I need are full and I need a course to stay on track?

As in previous semesters, we will still have a force-add request process for BHP courses and will email out this information towards the end of registration or during add/drops. The advantage of this new rule is that force-add requests should be resolved more quickly because (a) there should be fewer requests and (b) we will be able to make space for students who truly need the course by removing students who over-register for BHP classes.

Q: What if I plan to graduate in 3 years, and these registration limits don’t work for me?

BHP is designed to be a 4-year program, and therefore you should not be trying to graduate early. MPA students do graduate from the program one semester early, but otherwise students are expected to remain enrolled for the full 4 years. If you are an MPA student and need permission to take an additional BHP course, contact a BHP advisor.

Q: I need to decide between majors, and I need to take X class before I can decide. How do I get in?

In the BBA program, students are expected to declare their major at the end of their first year, and ideally BHP students should do the same. The only courses required to declare a business major are: BA 101H, ECO 304K and 304L, and M 408K/C and 408L/D. At the end of freshman year, students have not taken many business courses, so it is important to be proactive and learn about potential majors through other outlets. These could include joining major-specific student organizations, participating in case competitions for various industries, taking advantage of the BHP and McCombs alumni networks, meeting with professors, exploring BBA Career Services, meeting with a Vick Center career counselor, speaking with peers or BHP Peer Mentors, and doing personal research. With so many great resources, a single course should not be the deciding factor in declaring a major.

Q: I am double-majoring across schools, and all the classes I need for my other major are full/don’t work with my schedule. Can I get into more BHP classes to balance this out?

Unfortunately we do not have the capacity to make up for the shortcomings of other departments’ section offerings. You may add yourself to additional BHP courses during the add/drop period if space is available after all BHP students have had a chance to register. In the meantime, we recommend reaching out to the advisors in your other school. A final resource is the 4-Year Help Desk. Their office was recently instated to help students with schedule conflicts, and ultimately to increase UT’s 4-year graduation rates.

Q: I want to take an extra BHP course. Is there any way I can do that?

Please discuss any extenuating circumstances that might warrant an exception to the limit with a BHP advisor. Otherwise, any remaining seats in BHP classes will be released after all BHP students have had a chance to register. At that time, you will have the opportunity to register for additional BHP courses if space is available.

Q: If I register for more courses than permitted during the first registration period and staff need to drop me, can I choose which course(s) to drop?

No. If you exceed your course limit without permission, you will be dropped from whichever course(s) are needed by other BHP students. You may register for additional BHP courses if space is available after all BHP students have had a chance to register (i.e. during the add/drop period.) 

Q: Does the timing matter for when I take these BHP courses?

The only course of these 6 with a strict timeline is MAN 374H: This course is to be taken during your final semester in BHP. All other courses should be sequenced as your advisor recommends, which may vary based on your non-BHP major(s) or other factors.

Q: Which BHP courses should I take as a sophomore?

Of these 6 courses, NONE are required for sophomores to take. If you are majoring in Finance, then taking FIN 357H in the spring of your sophomore year is helpful with the major’s course sequencing, yet is still not required. Sophomores may opt to take ONE of the following options if they have met pre-requisites and space is available: FIN 357H, OM 335H, MKT 337H. As a sophomore, be sure that you DO take BA 151H, ACC 311H, ACC 312H, STA 309H, and STA 371H or 375H.