116 Johnson College of Business and Economics
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
Business programs are accredited by AACSB International—The Association
to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (600 Emerson Road, Suite 300, St.
Louis, Mo. 63141-6762; Telephone 314-872-8481).
The mission of the Johnson College of Business and Economics is to prepare
diverse students to excel in the dynamic Upstate and global economies
through quality business education that emphasizes cognitive and ex-periential
learning and engagement with the Upstate community. Our
strategic goals are to:
• Deliver an excellent business education that produces career-ready
• Attract, develop, and retain exceptional faculty and staff.
• Positively impact the economic well-being of the Upstate community.
The Johnson College of Business and Economics offers programs leading
to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Minors in
business administration, business and entrepreneurship, and economics
are also offered. In addition to the Spartanburg downtown campus on East
St. John Street, select courses are offered at the Greenville campus.
All Johnson College students are required to take the specified general educa-tion
courses. All students then take a common business and economics core
sequence, spanning the full range of business functions. Finally students
select a concentration.
Students should begin with the recommended curriculum as early as
possible. This sequence includes a combination of business, economics
and general education courses suggested for each semester in which the
student is enrolled. It is imperative that students begin their mathemat-ics/
statistics sequence in the first semester of their freshman year and
continue this sequence each semester to make adequate progress in
any of the business concentrations. Students in business administration
and economics are advised by the faculty and professional staff from the
Johnson College of Business and Economics.
Students not pursuing a business degree may earn a maximum of 29 semester
hours in business courses, excluding ECON U221, U222, U291, and U292,
providing they meet the course prerequisites and have earned 54 credit
hours before enrolling in 300-level and above courses.
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Business may also
pursue any university approved minor except the economics minor, the
business and entrepreneurship minor, and the business administration
minor. See catalog section concerning minors. Usually, completing the
degree with a minor will require more than the minimum 120 credit
hours to graduate.
ADMISSION TO THE PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM
Students seeking a degree in business must be admitted to the Professional
Program (upper division) before enrolling in 300-level or above courses
offered through the Johnson College of Business and Economics.
The professional program application form may be obtained from the
Johnson College of Business and Economics (JCBE) Office of Student Services
or on the JCBE website. The application must be filed with the JCBE Office
of Student Services no earlier than the term in which students anticipate
completing 54 credit hours.
Students must be accepted into the professional program before they are eligible
to register for upper level (300 and above) business and economics courses.
Admission of applicants is based on individual consideration. Each applicant
must fulfill the following requirements:
• Successful completion of 54 credit hours
• Life Scholarship GPA of at least 2.2
• Completion with a C or better: ENGL U101, ENGL U102, SPCH U201,
U201R, and MATH U122
• Successful completion of ACCT U225 and ECON U221 or U222
Students may be granted probationary admission to the Professional Program
for the semester applied for in order to register for upper division courses for
that semester. To receive probationary admission, a student must be regis-tered
for all additional courses required for full admission to the Professional
Program as stated above. If the student does not satisfactorily complete all
of the required courses in the semester applied for, he/she may not enroll
in any additional upper division courses until all requirements are met and
a new program application is submitted and approved. In such cases, it is
the student's responsibility to make the necessary schedule adjustments for
the following semester, that is, to make sure that he/she is not enrolled in
any upper division business or economics courses until he/she has received
full admission to the Professional Program.
Transfer Students and Probationary Approval
Transfer students who have met the 54-credit hour and GPA requirements at
time of admission may be granted conditional admission for one semester
in order to complete the specific course requirements.
Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business
programs accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance
Collegiate Schools of Business. The Mission of Beta Gamma Sigma is "to
encourage and honor academic achievement in the study of business, to foster
personal and professional excellence, to advance the values of the Society,
and to serve its lifelong members." Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is by
invitation only and is limited to seniors and rising seniors who are in the top
10 percent of their class, who have completed 30 or more semester hours in
residence at USC Upstate and at least nine hours of the JCBE Upper Level Core.
Beta Alpha Psi is an international honor organization for accounting,
finance and information systems students attending universities accredited
by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business or the European
Quality Improvement System. Beta Alpha Psi has a stellar reputation for
instilling the principles of excellence, achievement and service in tomorrow’s
financial information leaders. The purpose of Beta Alpha Psi is to recognize
outstanding academic achievements in the field of accounting, finance, and
information systems; promote the study and practice of professional fields