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School of Business

Phone: 843.953.5627

Alan T. Shao, Dean

Elaine Worzala, Associate Dean

Marcia Snyder, Assistant Dean of Student Learning

Calvin Blackwell, Chair, Department of Economics

Rhonda W. Mack, Chair, Department of Management and Marketing

Roger B. Daniels, Chair, Department of Accounting and Legal Studies

Joshua M. Davis, Chair, Department of Supply Chain and Information Management

Wayne W. Smith, Chair, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Weishen Wang, Chair, Department of Finance

Roxane DeLaurell, Director, Honors Program in Business

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 demonstrate the ability, via both written and spoken word, to effectively present, critique, and defend ideas in a cogent, persuasive manner.
  • QUANTITATIVE FLUENCY: Students demonstrate competency in logical reasoning and data analysis skills.
  • GLOBAL AND CIVIC RESPONSIBILITY: Students identify and define social, ethical, environmental and economic challenges at local, national and international levels. Students integrate knowledge and skills in addressing these issues.
  • INTELLECTUAL INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY: Students demonstrate their resourcefulness and originality in addressing extemporaneous problems.
  • SYNTHESIS: Students 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 1,900 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.

Entry Level Business Courses

The entry level business courses are the building blocks of a solid business education.  The concepts you learn in these classes will be used throughout your upper level business classes. Therefore, it is important that you LEARN these concepts rather than just memorizing them the night before a test. 

We strongly encourage students to complete the following courses by the end of their sophomore year. These courses are prerequisites for many upper level junior and senior business and economics courses.

Entry Level Courses for the Economics Major include:

Students are encouraged to declare their major in the School of Business as early in their academic career as possible.to receive additional academic advising and student engagement opportunities.

Core Business Courses

In addition to Entry Level Business Courses, the Core Business courses for all business major programs (not including the Economics major) in the School of Business include:

  • BLAW 205* Legal Environment of Business
  • DSCI 304** Production and Operations Management
  • DSCI 320** Management Information Systems
  • FINC 303 Business Finance
  • MGMT 301 Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MKTG 302 Marketing Concepts
  • Discipline specific capstone courses

* BLAW 205 is not required in the International Business Major.

**DSCI courses may be modified as discipline specific courses in some majors.

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.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Science:

Accounting

Business Administration (see concentrations below)

Economics

Finance

Hospitality and Tourism Management

International Business

Marketing

Supply Chain Management

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Concentrations:

Entrepreneurship

Finance

Global Logistics and Transportation

Hospitality and Tourism Management

Leadership, Change, and Social Responsibility

Marketing

Real Estate

Minors:

Business Administration*

Economics

Entrepreneurship*

Finance*

Global Logistics and Transportation*

Hospitality and Tourism Management*

Leadership, Change and Social Responsibility*

Marketing*

Real Estate*

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

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 ECON 201 satisfy the general education requirement for social science, and MATH 104 or MATH 250 and MATH 105 or MATH 120, 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.