Why study Business at SMC?

The Associate of Science with concentration in Business Administration at Spartanburg Methodist College can help you reach your educational and career goals. Whether you are primarily interested accounting, economics, finance, management or marketing, we have successfully placed our students in some of the top business schools in our area including Clemson University, the University of South Carolina, USC Upstate and many more.

The business administration sequence at SMC requires that you take two courses in accounting and two courses in economics. Your accounting instructor will be a professional accountant from the local community who brings real world examples into the classroom. Your economics professor brings over a decade of business experience into the classroom. Our professors are passionate about using everyday examples to make complex concepts simpler and more applicable to real world problems.

The relationship between the faculty and students at SMC does not stop at the classroom door. In addition to their teaching responsibilities, the business faculty and staff advise their students on how to reach their educational and career goals. Business students regularly work with the SMC Professional Development Center to build a resume and develop interview skills that can help them secure internships. Business students are also encouraged to consider joining the SMC Entrepreneurship Club, which explores what it takes to run a successful business. The club routinely holds discussions related to entrepreneurship, hosts business owners as speakers and conducts on-site visits and field trips throughout the year.

SMC offers all the courses, professional development and experiential opportunities that you will need to be successful. Our goal is for students interested in business to leave SMC with a broad liberal arts experience, qualified to finish a four-year program at the school of their choice.

The Pioneer Entrepreneurship Club presents

SMC Launchpad

7AM in the Ballard Center (all aspiring entrepreneurs are welcome). There will be professor-led seminars covering creativity, developing an idea into a business, the first 100 days of a business, managing a new business, etc. In the fall, I am focusing on skill building. In the spring, my goal is to launch student led businesses.

More information about Entrepreneurship Club

Business Faculty

Jonathan Keisler

Jonathan Keisler, Professor of Economics

Walker Building, Office 209


Dr. Jonathan Keisler joined the Spartanburg Methodist College faculty in 2015. He holds a PhD from Clemson University in Policy Studies and teaches classes in economics and business administration. He has received master degrees in economics from Clemson University and Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Keisler had over a decade of business experience with multiple industry leaders in service and product based markets before deciding to return to the classroom. His research interests include economic development policy, the political economy, sports economics, public finance, and behavioral economics.

Dr. Keisler has been awarded the UMC General Board of Higher Education Exemplary Teach Award and the SMC Founders Day Faculty Award.

Dawn Dingwell

Dawn Dingwell, Professor of Accounting

Walker Building, Office 211




Nick Bergan, Adjunct Instructor of Accounting

Walker Building, Office 303


Business Course Descriptions

BSAD-105: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS. (3 hours) Designed to prepare students to communicate effectively in the business community. Emphasis on the clear, concise style necessary to business writing. After a basic review of grammar, the course covers styles of business letters, memoranda, short reports, and oral reports. Course not currently offered.

BSAD-201: PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS. (3 hours) Provides a fundamental understanding of the economy as a whole. Introduces the student to facts, concepts, and analytical methods of economics in a free market system.

BSAD-202: PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS. (3 hours) Introductory analysis of economics of the individual units or markets in the economy. Emphasis is on market pricing, cost, and output determination within different market structures. Prerequisite: BSAD-201 or permission of instructor.

BSAD-205: ACCOUNTING I. (3 hours) This course in fundamentals of accounting involves principles upon which the accountant relies to determine a firm’s net income and financial position. Accounting I deals primarily with understanding the accounting cycle and applying understanding to sole proprietorships.

BSAD-206: ACCOUNTING II. (3 hours) A continuation of Business Administration 205. Accounting II deals with managerial and production accounting. Emphasis on partnerships and corporations. Requires more in-depth analysis than Accounting I. Prerequisite: BSAD-205 or its equivalent.

BSAD-219: BUSINESS SYSTEMS THEORY AND DESIGN. (3 hours) An overview of computer-based management systems, the role of the computer in decision-making, and the flow of information from an input design perspective. Emphasis is placed on the theory and design of business systems rather than systems in general. Prerequisite: CSCI-217 or permission of instructor.

Degree Requirements

The Associate in Business is designed for students planning to transfer to a senior college or university, major in business and earn a baccalaureate degree. The following courses and subject concentrations are required for the Associate in Business Degree:

Subject/Course Requirement Hours
English 101, 102 6
Computer Science 3
History 3
SMC 101, 201 (1) 2
Literature 3
Mathematics 112 3
Mathematics 210 or 221 3 or 4
PHED 121, Heath 101, 201 or MILI 2 or 3
Public Speaking or Oral Communication 3
Religion 103, 211, 212, 215 or 220 3
Science 8
BSAD 201, 202, 205 and 206 12
Electives (MATH 212 recommended) 12
Total 63-65