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Requirements—Sophomores & Juniors

Sophomore and Junior Years (2nd & 3rd Year)

Students continuing as James Scholars must complete the grade and credit hour requirements and James Scholar Program activity requirements–one activity requirement during sophomore year and one during junior year. Activity requirement options may be repeated.

Earn at least 3.5 GPA each semester in 14 graded hours and continue to have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5. James Scholars must take 12 hours during their study abroad semester to be considered full-time.  The 12 hours can be a combination of classes on-site and University of Illinois semester, online courses.  There is no requirement for the number of graded hours during a study abroad semester.

Sophomores and Juniors who lose their James Scholar standing due to a semester with less than a 3.5 GPA are able to be reinstated into the James Scholar program if they do all of the following:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA above a 3.5.
  • Earn at least a 3.5 GPA in 14 graded ILLINOIS hours the semester immediately following the loss of their James Scholar standing. If that semester is to be spent abroad, students must maintain the normal requirement for James Scholars studying abroad. Please note - Graded hours do not include Pass/Fail, Credit/No Credit, or Guided Individual Study courses. You must receive a letter grade for the class for it to count towards this requirement.
  • Complete the normally required activity requirement.  

James Scholar Program Activity Options:

  • Participate in an international experience approved by the College of Business Office of International Programs. Contact Ms. Christine Gozdziak, Assistant Dean for International Programs, gozdziak@illinois.edu
  • Earn a leadership certificate sponsored by the Illinois Leadership Center. This option can count for both sophomore and junior year requirement. Students must make successful progress toward meeting the requirements of the leadership certificate in the sophomore year as determined by the Illinois Leadership Center.
  • Earn an “A” or “B” grade in BUS 199—Peer Advising Training.  Contact Ms. Teresa D’Urso, tdurso@illinois.edu
  • Peer Advising Program. Sophomores wishing to be a peer advisor will enroll in BUS 199 "Peer Advisor Training" during the spring semester in order to qualify for serving as a peer advisor in their junior and/or senior years. Ms. Teresa D'Urso, Director of Advising and Registration, tdurso@illinois.edu
  • Tutor College of Business students for 40 hours in one academic year under the supervision of the College of Business Office of Undergraduate Affairs. Contact the students who run the tutoring program at cobtutors@gmail.com
  • Successful participation in Illinois Business Consulting.
  • Successful participation in OTCR (The Office for Technical Consulting Resources).
  • Successful participation in Student Consulting for Non-Profit Organizations (SCNO). hr@illinoiscno.org
  • Participation in the Investment Banking Academy. Ms. Mary Barker, Department of Finance, mdietz@illinois.edu
  • Participation in the Finance Academy in Department of Finance. Ms. Maureen Verchota, Department of Finance, verchota@illinois.edu
  • Successful participation in Goal of Learning (G.O.L.) Project. goaloflearning@gmail.com
  • Membership in the Hoeft Technology and Management Minor. Contact John Quarton, Director of Technology and Management, quarton@illinois.edu
  • Work as a research assistant for a faculty member in the College of Business. James Scholar Executive Committee at jamesscholarexec@gmail.com
  • Students in the Campus Honors Program are able to maintain James Scholar status by taking a CHP course in sophomore or junior years. This option may not be repeated.
  • Serve on the James Scholar Student Executive Committee. James Scholar Executive Committee at jamesscholarexec@gmail.com
  • Serve on the Sleeman Leadership Program Executive Committee. Mr. Ben Chandler, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Affairs, bschandl@illinois.edu
  • Successful participation in the James Scholar Case Competition by finishing among the top three teams or earning honorable mention by the competition judges. Mr. Ben Chandler, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Affairs, bschandl@illinois.edu
  • Successful participation in the BP Professional Responsibility Strategy Competition by finishing among the top three teams or earning honorable mention by the competition judges.  Contact Ms. Gretchen Winter, gwinter@illinois.edu 
  • Successful participation in the PricewaterhouseCoopers xACT competition by finishing among the top three teams or earning honorable mention by the competition judges.
  • Successful participation in the E&Y "Your World Your Vision" case competition by finishing among the top three teams or earning honorable mention by the competition judges.
  • Successful participation in the KPMG Global case study competition by finishing among the top three teams or earning honorable mention by the competition judges.
  • Successful completion of a minimum of two Software Proficiencies Certificates at the Margolis Marketing Information Lab during the academic year (may be any combination of basic, intermediate, or advanced certificate levels). Contact Dr. Martin Maurer, Visiting Associate Director of the Market Information Lab, mil@business.illinois.edu
  • Serve on the student leadership team for the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership. academy@business.illinois.edu
  • Serve on the BUS 101 student leadership team.
  • Serve as an ACCY 301 – 304 tutor for 55–60 hours. Application required. Professor Susan Thomas, sthomas8@illinois.edu
  • Serve as a section leader for Business 101.

To propose a new option for an activity requirement to fulfill the James Scholar requirement, please use the form provided here. If you have any questions, please contact the James Scholar Executive Committee, jamesscholarexec@gmail.com.