Aram Balagyozyan, Ph.D., Director
Admission to the Kania School’s Business Honors Program is limited to exceptional students who are invited to apply as incoming first-year students. The program offers a cohort learning experience that challenges highly motivated students to pursue business education with intellectual curiosity, creativity, and independent thinking, informed by the Jesuit tradition. Students in the Business Honors Program complete at least six out of nine honors designated “K” core courses and a 3-credit independent study (honors project) in senior year. The honors project, which focuses on either research or consulting, serves as an experience based capstone in which students work closely with a faculty mentor. Over four years, students are expected to fulfill co-curricular requirements that include a special orientation for incoming first-year students, six faculty led seminars/workshops that satisfy the advanced module “Participation in Research and Other Scholarly Activities” of the KSOM Passport Program, and a senior seminar during which students present their honors projects. Students are encouraged to study abroad (funding may be available). For those students who study abroad, the minimum number of faculty led seminars and/or workshops required is reduced from six to four. Collectively, the curricular and co-curricular requirements provide students with opportunities to study advanced and more rigorous content, conduct independent research or inquiry-based projects, explore the expanding role of business in society, and engage in collaborative learning and team building activities. Students must meet a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 in order to successfully complete the program and graduate with honors.
Business Honors Program students fulfill the same course requirements as other students in their major/minor but must take at least six of the following nine honors designated “K” core courses (restricted to students in the Business Honors Program) during the first three years of study. The independent study course (Business Honors Project) is required in the fourth year.