General Education Requirements (44-54 hours)
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Professional Foundations (27-30 hours)
Principles of Microeconomics (Credits: 3) ECON 221
Microeconomic analysis: theory of the firm, cost and output determination, market pricing, theory of consumer and income distribution.
Principles of Macroeconomics (Credits: 3) ECON 222
Macroeconomic analysis: basic definitions and concepts, mechanics of pricing and the fundamentals of American capitalism, national income economics, income and employment theory, monetary and fiscal policy, and international economics. Students cannot receive credit for both ECON 222 and 224.
Introduction to Economics (Credits: 3) ECON 224
Micro- and macroeconomic principles of markets, government policy, and household or firm decision-making. Open to all students except business administration majors. Credit not granted for both ECON 224 and either 221 or 222. -- may substitute for ECON 221 and ECON 222
Business Writing (Credits: 3) ENGL 463
Extensive practice in different types of business writing, from brief letters to formal articles and reports.
Principles of Management (Credits: 3) MGMT 371
A comprehensive survey of the basic principles of management applicable to all forms of business. The course provides the student with a basis for thinking about complex business situations in the framework of analysis of the management process.
South Carolina Studies (Credits: 3) PALM 493
Reading and writing about South Carolina from the perspective of multiple disciplines, incorporating elements of the student's major and cognate.
Internship (Credits: 3) PALM 494
Supervised immersion and exploration in a field related to the major, with a career, cultural, or community focus.
Industrial Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 350
Psychological techniques applied to various industrial problem areas, such as management and supervision, morale, efficiency, training, personnel selection and placement, and relations among personnel.
Introduction to Leadership (Credits: 3) RCAM 205
This course combines leadership theory with practical application, equipping students with the knowledge and skills needed to work more effectively with people, become better leaders, and reach their professional goals.
Elementary Statistics for Sociologists (Credits: 3) SOCY 220
An introduction to concepts and application of quantitative methods, including descriptive and inferential statistics. Emphasis on analysis of empirical sociological data.
Computer Applications in Business (Credits: 3) ITEC 264
Survey of the core skills and techniques used in modern business applications, including spreadsheets and databases.
Integrative Major (33 hours)
Select 33 credits from the following lists, with at least 9 credits from each of the three categories, and at least 12 credits at the 400 level. All courses must be passed with a C or better. No more than 15 hours combined from MGMT, ACCT, and ECON may be selected.
Employer and Employees
Management of Human Resources (Credits: 3) MGMT 374
A survey of the major approaches used in managing human resources. Covers selection, compensation, legal compliance, discipline, organizational restructuring, TQM, motivation, labor relations, and performance management.
Organization Behavior (Credits: 3) MGMT 376
Introduction to human behavior in organizations. Emphasis on factors that contribute to the effectiveness of individuals and groups in organizations.
Contemporary Moral Issues (Credits: 3) PHIL 211
Moral issues confronting men and women in contemporary society. Topics will vary but may include discussion of problems related to abortion, drugs, euthanasia, war, social engineering, and punishment of criminals.
Ethics (Credits: 3) PHIL 320
A study of the moral principles of conduct and the basic concepts underlying these principles, such as good, evil, right, wrong, justice, value, duty, and obligation. The ethical works of influential philosophers are analyzed in terms of these concepts.
Applied Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 360
Uses of psychological knowledge and techniques in practical contexts; clinical, school, industrial, consumer, and environmental psychology.
Survey of Developmental Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 420
Psychological development from conception to late adulthood. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social processes associated with development at each stage of the life cycle.
Survey of Social Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 430
Introduction to theory and research in social psychology from a psychological viewpoint. Topics include social perception, social cognition, attitudes, interpersonal relationships, aggression, pro-social behavior, and group processes.
Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality (Credits: 3) SOCY 304
Historical and contemporary power relationships in race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.
Introduction to Social Problems (Credits: 3) SOCY 340
Normative dissensus and behavioral deviance in society, and their consequences for social change and social order. Problems may include: mental disorders, juvenile delinquency, crime, drug abuse, alcoholism, suicide, sexual pathology, race and ethnic relations, world population crises, and work problems.
Senior Capstone Experience (Credits: 3) UNIV 401
Integration of major program of study and general education; issues of transition into graduate school and/or employment; group project, intensive writing/speaking.
Law, Policy, and Organizations
Survey of Commercial Law (Credits: 3) ACCT 324
Basic legal concepts and the judicial system, with emphasis on business law.
The Rise of Industrial America (Credits: 3) HIST 405
A survey of recent United States history with emphasis on the economic, social, and literary developments from 1877 to 1917.
Constitutional History of the United States I (Credits: 3) HIST 469
A study of the constitutional development of the United States from the creation of the Articles of Confederation to the Civil War. It deals primarily with problems of governmental organization, judicial interpretation, and sectional politics.
Constitutional History of the United States II (Credits: 3) HIST 470
An analysis of the growth of constitutional power from 1860 to the present, giving special attention to the constitutional problems of the Civil War period, the increasing role of the judiciary in national affairs, and the general extension of constitutional authority in the 20th century.
Principles of Public Relations (Credits: 3) JOUR 328
Methods used by business, government, consumer groups, minorities, environmentalists, and others to influence public attitudes toward their activities.
International Human Resource Management (Credits: 3) MGMT 406
This course examines how human resources are managed within a global context. It examines how human resources are managed within global firms as well as across different cultural settings.
American National Government (Credits: 3) POLI 201
The formation and development of the national government, its organization and powers.
Introduction to Public Administration (Credits: 3) POLI 370
A study of the basic principles and theory of administrative structure, responsibility, and control in relation to policy making in the modern state.
State Government (Credits: 3) POLI 365
A study of state-federal relations, relations among states, state constitutions, and the structure and functions of the three branches of government. Emphasis is given to South Carolina.
The American Chief Executive (Credits: 3) POLI 463
Constitutional, statutory and political powers and roles of the American chief executive.
SC Government and Politics POLI 570
Social Structures (Credits: 3) SOCY 300
Selected theoretical orientations, methodological procedures, and illustrative substantive data pertaining to social structures. Prerequisites: SOCY 101, SOCY 220 or equivalent course in quantitative methods
Labor Economics (Credits: 3) ECON 406
A study of labor market institutions, trends in labor market activity, and the effects of government policy on the labor market. (Not open to majors in economics.)
Economics of American Industry (Credits: 3) ECON 415
A study of the structure of selected American industries, of the development and concentration of economic power in the American economy, and of public policy toward industry.
Negotiation and Conflict in the Workplace (Credits: 3) MGMT 401
This course is designed to improve students' knowledge and skills in the areas of workplace conflict resolution and negotiations.
Business Ethics (Credits: 3) PHIL 324
Ethical problems in business; application to business situations of philosophical theories of individual, corporate, and governmental rights and responsibilities.
Interest Groups and Social Movements (Credits: 3) POLI 368
The mobilization, organization, tactics, and results of group-based politics, including latent interests and the suppression of interests.
Psychology and Politics (Credits: 3) POLI 465
The role of psychology in political attitudes and behavior. Examination of individual psycho-political relationships and aggregate typologies. Particular emphasis on the psychological roots of the need for or the rejection of political authority.
Cognitive Psychology (Credits: 3) PSYC 405
Research and theories on sensory memory, attention, short-term and working memory, human learning and forgetting, imagery, long-term memory, speech perception, reading, language, thinking and problem solving, and decision making.
Human Factors (Credits: 3) PSYC 501
Application of research in experimental psychology to ergonomics, the design of human-environment systems, with emphasis on work settings.
Ecology of Human Systems (Credits: 3) SOCY 311
Relationships among and changes in populations, social organization, technology, and the environment.
Bureaucracy and Modern Society (Credits: 3) SOCY 312
Bureaucracies in the public and private sector, their internal dynamics and relationship to the social environment.
Collective Behavior (Credits: 3) SOCY 354
An analysis of crowds, publics, social movements, and the mass society in terms of their institutional and social psychological consequences.
Organizational Communication (Credits: 3) SPCH 331
Examines communication behavior and networks within organizations through the study of major theories of organizational communication, identifies and defines primary concepts, and applies them to organizational scenarios and case studies.
Electives (6-19 hours)