Jan 20, 2019
2015-2016 USC Sumter Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]
The business administration curriculum allows sufficient flexibility for adaptation to a student’s particular interests and goals. A minimum of 122 hours is required for the B.S. degree in all majors except accounting, which requires 127 hours, and international business, which requires a minimum of 128 hours. They are divided between courses in business administration and general education courses in English, history, foreign languages, natural and behavioral sciences, and other disciplines. All business administration students are required to earn 40 hours in a common core sequence of business subjects. The major field for all majors except accounting and international business* requires 12-21 hours beyond the common core. If a major requires only 12 hours, then a minimum of 9 additional hours of advisor-approved course work in business/economics must be completed. A minimum of 18 credit hours in additional directed general education courses is required.
The school has developed options designed to complement core and major requirements. Information and assistance in the development and selection of options are available through the advising facilities of the school.
*The accounting major requires 26 hours. International business requires a second major in business. International business majors range from 27 to 36 hours, depending on the double major selected.
- Graduates will understand the structure and operation of U.S. and global security markets.
- Graduates will understand the financial operations of domestic and multinational corporations.
- Graduates will understand the application of present value and future value analysis to help make business decisions.
- Graduates will be able to evaluate the risk versus return trade-offs when making investment decisions, conducting capital budgeting and project analysis, and performance analysis.
- Graduates will understand the impact of capital structure decisions.
- Graduates will understand the basic features of fixed-income securities, equities, and traditional derivative securities and the basics of portfolio analysis.
Degree Requirements (122 Hours)
Major Requirements (61 Hours)
See Moore School of Business for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and other regulations.
- General Education Requirements (40-44 Hours)
- Business Core (40 Hours)
- Communication (Included in General Education Requirements)
- Finance (15-18 Hours)
- Internationalization Requirement (9 Hours)
- Directed General Education Course Work (non-BA) (minimum of 18 Hours)
1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 Hours)
ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 Hours)
One of the following options:
SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy
- Two approved Carolina Core Scientific Literacy courses including one laboratory course
GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-8 hours)
- Students shall demonstrate in one Foreign Language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so much satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.
GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking
- Any approved Carolina Core History course
GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Social Science course
AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding course
CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Speech course
INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)
- This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components
VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility course.
Other Required General Education Courses for the Darla Moore School of Business (3-10 Hours)
- An additional DMSB social science course may be required if student exempts foreign language requirement (up to 3-4 hours)
- An additional DMSB general education course may be required if student exempts foreign language requirement and completes social science in area designated for GFL (up to 3 hours)
One English course selected from:
2. Business Core (40 Hours)
3. Communication (Included in General Education Requirements)
Required Courses (9 Hours):
Two of the following courses (6 Hours):
5. Internationalization Requirement (9 Hours)
The program also requires 9 hours of course work with international content that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the 3 credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining 6-hour requirement:
- Two language courses at the 200 level or above
- Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Moore School of Business from a list available in the undergraduate office.
6. Minor, Cognate or Directed Coursework (minimum of 18 Hours)
Minors (non-B.A.) may be selected from a University-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the non-BA approved course work. All minor courses or courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better. Alternative programs of study are subject to approval by the Undergraduate Program Faculty Committee in coordination with the Undergraduate Division. All courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better.
Cognate: The cognate is designed to support the major. Finance majors may select an optional cognate in Accounting to support the course work in their major. Students would take 12 hours of cognate courses. Due to capacity constraints, students must be pre-approved for the Accounting cognate by the Finance Department.
Two additional courses approved by the program will fill out the 18 required hours. Advisors in the Undergraduate Advisement Office will have a list of approved courses. All cognate courses must be passed with a grade of C or higher.