Kenan-Flagler offers abundant opportunities for students to learn and grow outside of the traditional classroom setting through Honors and Independent Studies, Global Studies, Undergraduate Business Symposium, Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows, and Student Clubs. Students are encouraged to seize opportunities that take them beyond the limits of the traditional classroom. It's a chance to extend and distinguish oneself, which is increasingly important in creating a competitive advantage in the job search. Perhaps more important, this quest for knowledge is the essence of education for a higher purpose. All students adopt the Undergraduate Business Code of Conduct.
Honors and Independent Studies
In an independent study, a student works with a faculty member to investigate a topic of special interest to both. Through the Undergraduate Business honors thesis, qualified seniors complete a major research project under the close supervision of a faculty advisor.
Students are strongly encouraged to study abroad and gain a firsthand appreciation of global business. Kenan-Flagler has exchange relationships with fifteen partner universities in Europe, Asia, South America, and Oceania. In addition, we offer diverse summer programs ranging from two week immersions to an eight week international internship program.
Courses taken abroad can be used to satisfy Undergraduate Business core or elective requirements for the major. Students have a wide variety of courses to choose from and benefit from learning from a new perspective at a top business school overseas. For more information, check the Undergraduate Global Programs website.
Undergraduate Business Symposium
Since its inception in 1983, the Undergraduate Business Symposium has been the most significant event of the undergraduate curriculum. Offering an exciting exchange of ideas among executives, students and faculty, the Symposium has become an annual highlight for the entire Kenan-Flagler Business School. Students are given the opportunity to meet upper-level executives from a variety of public and private organizations. However, the Symposium is not a career day. Its purpose is to help students begin to develop a sense of professionalism and to gain exposure to critical, contemporary real-world issues. Business students coordinate every aspect of the program.
Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows
The Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows play an important role in strengthening critical bonds between the Institute and undergraduate business students. Serving in a representative leadership capacity, Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows work directly with the Kenan Institute Director of Outreach, and various Institute Center Directors to explore ways to enrich our undergraduate's Kenan-Flagler experience. In addition, the Leadership Fellows play an important communication role between the Kenan Institute and undergraduate business student body. Through special projects and events, the Fellows help address student needs and concerns, as well as to help incorporate undergraduate interests into Kenan Institute programs and activities. Working with the Institute senior management, Kenan Institute Leadership Fellows strive to engage their undergraduate peers in the diverse Kenan Institute opportunities and to further enhance their business education and professional development. For more information, contact the Kenan Institute Director of Outreach, Lingmei Howell. You can meet our current Leadership Fellows here.