UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School

Undergraduate Student Life

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.

Global Studies

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

 Each year, The Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise selects 10 to 20 sophomore students as Kenan Scholars. These students are recognized for their superior scholarship and genuine interest in learning how to put knowledge into action. The program is designed to connect the Kenan Scholars with academic thought leaders, top business executives and leading policymakers with the goal of learning how to identify and provide sustainable solutions to contemporary complex issues. Kenan Scholars are encouraged to develop the interdisciplinary competencies vital to their becoming successful business leaders, and will have access to coaching from staff and faculty advisors as well mentorship from external public, private and nonprofit principals.

Each semester of the 30-month program, Kenan Scholars dive into six sessions of programmatic activities including an educational speaker series, field trip  excursions and mentor panel sessions. Scholars also have access to a number of other Kenan Institute events including research conferences, roundtable discussions and alumni events.

 For more about the program and to apply, please click here.


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