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School of Business

Phone: 843.953.5627

Alan T. Shao, Dean

Rhonda W. Mack, Associate Dean for Graduate Programs

Rene Mueller, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs

Howard F. Rudd, Jr., Dean Emeritus

Marcia Snyder, Assistant Dean of Student Learning

Maggie Hill, Director of Advising

Rene Mueller, Director, Global Business Resource Center

Frank Hefner, Director, Office of Economic Analysis

Bing Pan, Director, Office of Tourism Analysis

Peter Calcagno, Director, Initiative for Public Choice

Betsy Jane Clary, Director, SB Honors Program

David Wyman, Director for the Center of Entreprenurship

Mark Pyles, Director of Investment Program

Mission Statement

The School of Business serves our state, region, and the global business world by educating socially responsible graduates through practical undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and by advancing the development of our community of scholars in their intellectual pursuits.

We fulfill this Mission by:

  • Engaging diverse students in personalized educational experiences that encourage a global mindset, inspire creativity and innovation, and develop leadership skills in preparation for business challenges and opportunities.
  • Building a globally oriented faculty who's teaching, research, and service influence students, the business community, and other constituents.

The overall learning goals for our School of Business are as follows:

  • COMMUNICATION SKILLS: Students will demonstrate the ability, via both written and spoken word, to effectively present, critique, and defend ideas in a cogent, persuasive manner.
  • QUANTITATIVE FLUENCY: Students will demonstrate competency in logical reasoning and data analysis skills.
  • GLOBAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: Students will be able to identify and define social, ethical, environmental and economic challenges at local, national and international levels. Students will also be able to integrate knowledge and skills in addressing these issues.
  • INTELLECTUAL INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY: Students will be able to demonstrate their resourcefulness and originality in addressing extemporaneous problems.
  • SYNTHESIS: Students will be able to integrate knowledge from multiple disciplines incorporating learning from both classroom and non-classroom settings in the completion of complex and comprehensive tasks.

All programs in the School of Business at the College of Charleston are accredited by AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, the most prestigious accrediting body for business schools. With over 1,500 current majors and 80 minors from outside of the School, the School of Business is building its reputation for excellence with distinctive programs that emphasize ethical and global awareness and the development of effective communication and problem-solving abilities. Outstanding opportunities are available to our students through internships, study abroad programs and mentoring relationships with alumni and the business community.

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the honor society for students enrolled in business and management programs accredited by AACSB International.

Admission Standards:

The School of Business (SB) has admission standards to attract and retain students with the ability and commitment necessary for success in business. The standards include the following requirements:

Completion of the following SB admission courses with no grade less than a "C-":

MATH 104 or 250

MATH 105 or 120 or HONS 115

ECON 200 or HONS 211

ECON 201 or HONS 200

ACCT 203*

ACCT 204*

DSCI 232 or HONS 214

*NOTE: Economics majors must take MATH 120 and 250 as MATH 105 and 104 are not options in the major. Economics majors may take either MATH 350 or DSCI 232 and are not required to take ACCT 203 or ACCT 204.

Students must earn a C- or better in all of the SB admission courses in order to be officially admitted to the School of Business. Although a D is a passing grade, a student may not continue in the next course of a sequence until he/she has earned the required C- or better in the prerequisite. For example, a student who earns less than C- in ECON 200 may not take ECON 201 until they make a C- or better in ECON 200. In addition, a passed SB admission course may be repeated only once in the attempt to earn the required minimum grade; failure to earn the required grade on the second attempt will result in ineligibility to declare a School of Business major. Refer to Course Repetition Policy in the catalog under Academic Regulations.

Students should declare their intent to major in the School of Business by their sophomore year. Once a student has completed the SB admission courses (having earned a C- or better), the student may formally declare a major within the School of Business. Students who have not completed the admission courses may only take up to 9 hours of upper-division (300 level or above) School of Business courses. Exceptions to this 9-hour limit will be made to allow completion of degree requirements for College of Charleston students with programs outside of the School of Business. Students who have successfully completed the stated requirements will be admitted into a major in the School of Business.

Any student who is interested in the programs at the School of Business should contact the Student Success Center for more information on programs, policies and procedures. There will be mandatory advising, monitoring of progress and registration restriction for those who choose this academic path.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science:


Business Administration (see concentrations below)



Hospitality and Tourism Management

International Business


Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Concentrations:



Global Logistics and Transportation

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility


Real Estate


Note: These minors are available for students with majors other than the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree.

Business Administration



Global Logistics and Transportation

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Leadership, Change and Social Responsibility

Real Estate

Interdisciplinary Minors:

Arts Management

Global Trade

Pre-Actuarial Studies


Notes on Policies and Restrictions

1. For all programs in the School of Business, ECON 200 and 201 satisfy the general education requirement for social science, and MATH 104 and 105, required for all SB majors, satisfy the general education requirement for math (cannot use SNAP alternatives).

2. At least fifty percent of the business credit hours required for a major or minor from the School of Business must be completed at the College of Charleston.

3. Majors must complete at least fifty percent of the required credit hours for graduation outside the School of Business.

4. Upper-level courses (300 and 400 level) will not transfer from two-year colleges or non-AACSB accredited four-year colleges.

5. Students with majors outside of the School of Business may receive a maximum of 30 business school credit hours.