Beyond the Classroom: Strategies for the Publication of Undergraduate Business Theses

Open Access
Schickel, Jason Tyler
Area of Honors:
Interdisciplinary in Accounting and Finance
Bachelor of Science
Document Type:
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Orie Edwin Barron, Thesis Supervisor
  • James Alan Miles, Honors Advisor
  • Mark William Dirsmith, Honors Advisor
  • undergraduate
  • classroom
  • publication
  • business theses
The composition of an undergraduate these is often a dreaded requirement for scholars enrolled in honors programs across the country. While completed begrudgingly by many in the past, the opportunity to create a truly special product and add to the academic community at Penn State and across the globe is an opportunity that should not be wasted. This thesis attempts to gauge Scholars theses of the past against professionally published works in order to display trends and differences between the two levels of writing. Taking the inherent education gaps into consideration, paying close attention to length, format, topic, sources used, and adhering to certain stylistic guidelines with regard to sentence construction and diction, conclusions can be drawn about what is and is not feasible for the undergraduate writer. From the differences shown between the two levels of the academic spectrum, a resource can be created providing scholars with information on the best outlets for their academic writings to be published. Through the research conducted, it is shown that undergraduates have the highest likelihood of being published in trade journals, periodicals, and newspapers.