Two-Year and Four-Year Degree Options
1. Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration
Our Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration will provide you with an in-depth study of business. Choose from one of our one of four tracks: Accounting and Finance, Economics and Finance; Marketing and Sales, or Management and Entrepreneurship.
2. Concentration in Business, Bachelor of Arts Degree
No matter what career you're considering, an understanding of business principles will make you a more valuable employee and a more competitive entrepreneur. SMC bachelor's degree students in our customizable Bachelor of Arts program can study business as one of the required two concentrations, while also taking professional development courses via the Camak Core.
Concentration vs. Major: a degree concentration is similar to a major, but with fewer classes. The SMC Bachelor's Degree lets you choose two complimentary concentrations to make your degree more adaptable to a changing workplace and more valuable to employers. For example, students may choose to concentrate in business and psychology (an unbeatable combination if you're interested in sales or marketing), business and religion (perfect for students who plan to go into the ministry and manage a church one day), and many other combinations. Your SMC advisor will help you decide which combinations will fit with your career goals.
If you're considering a business degree but aren't sure if it's the right career path, an Associate Degree is a great way to start. Take general college courses (to explore your interests) and two courses in accounting and two courses in economics. Then, finish your bachelor's degree in business at SMC or take another path to a different bachelor's degree.
Business Degree 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.
BSAD-310: BUSINESS MANAGEMENT. (3 hours)
This course covers the foundations of the management process: Planning, Organizing, Leading and Controlling, as well as current issues affecting managers and their environment such as: globalization, diversity, ethics, innovation, information technology and social responsibility.
BSAD-320: BUSINESS MARKETING. (3 hours)
This course will provide a broad foundation of important marketing principles. Topics covered will include marketing strategy and environments, global marketing, Internet marketing, customer relationships, marketing research, segmentation and targeting, consumer behavior, branding, sales promotion, and pricing.
BSAD-330: MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING. (3 hours)
This course examines the principles, techniques, and uses of accounting in the planning and control of business organizations from a management perspective. Identified are the budgetary process and related performance evaluation techniques, cost-volume-profit relationship, product costing methods, Just-In-Time (JIT) manufacturing, and Activity Based Costing (ABC). Related theory and application will also be reviewed.
Prerequisite: BSAD 205, 206.
BSAD-340: BUSINESS FINANCE. (3 hours)
This course is designed to introduce the key concepts of finance in business environments such as the time value of money, asset valuation, and risk and return. These concepts are used heavily in corporate finance as well as in day-to-day lives including borrowing money to buy a car or saving money to buy a home. Corequisite or Prerequisite: BSAD 201; MATH 212.
BSAD-410: ENTREPRENEURSHIP I. (3 hours)
This course explores creating a new venture and how entrepreneurs working inside and outside of existing business organizations identify potential opportunities for new ventures. The focus in this course is entrepreneurial management and the nature of the entrepreneurial process. This course will explore how something is created from nothing, examining the cross-pollination between entrepreneurship and marketing, economics, technology, financing, logistics and operations, human resource management, ethics, and other key areas.
BSAD-420: ENTREPRENEURSHIP II. (3 hours)
This course focuses on launching a new venture and the tasks that a new business owner must complete in the first 100 days of launching a business. Examples include securing the proper business licenses and permits, setting up a bookkeeping system, negotiating a lease, buying insurance, entering into contracts with vendors, recruiting and hiring employees, making the first sale, finding the proper work-life balance, and so forth. Broader issues such as developing a business model and building a brand will be touched upon.
Prerequisite: BSAD 410.
BSAD-430: MANAGERIAL ECNOMICS. (3 hours)
Managerial Economics deals with the application of microeconomic principles to key management decisions within organizations. Topics include supply and demand analysis, market equilibrium, production and costs, market structure, pricing, and uncertainty. The course is designed to develop your knowledge or how markets operate and improve your ability to make sound economic decisions.
Prerequisite: BSAD 201, 202.
BSAD-440: SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT AND LOGISTICS. (3 hours)
This course is designed to introduce the key concepts of logistics and supply chain management. Focus will be on the framework for supply chain management, transportation, and warehousing activities. Students will also learn how the physical, financial, and information portions of a supply chain work together to optimize the flow of goods throughout the entire global supply chain.
BSAD-450: PROFESSIONAL SALES. (3 hours)
This course develops selling skills and sales management capabilities. Areas of focus include: preparation, prospecting, interviewing, trial closes, handling objections, closing, after-sales support, recruitment, selection, motivation, training and development, and other sales management topics.
BSAD-460: BUSINESS LAW. (3 hours)
This course provides students with understanding of basic business law issues sufficient to: identify and discuss the legal implications of business decisions, formulate policies and practice procedures designed to minimize risk of liability and litigation, work effectively with counsel, cultivate effective, long-term, business and professional relationships based on character, competency, and communication.
Why study Business at SMC?
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.
Associate degree students regularly work with the Professional Development Office to build a resume and develop interview skills that can help them secure internships. Bachelor's degree students take a required six courses in career development, including a required internship.
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 and career-ready skills.
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.
Christina King-Johnson, Professor of Business
Dawn Dingwell, Professor of Accounting
Walker Building, Office 211
Nick Bergan, Adjunct Instructor of Accounting
Walker Building, Office 303