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Darla Moore School of Business

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Undergraduate Curriculum

Undergraduate programs at the University of South Carolina, generally completed in 122 credit hours, emphasize a strong liberal arts background combined with theory and practice in business administration. The integrated core curriculum in the Moore School provides a solid business foundation by introducing students to marketing, management, finance and risk management, and production and operations management.

All majors start with general education classes where you learn to demonstrate problem-solving skills; to understand world cultures, history and languages; and to create or interpret some form of art. These are the skills that will help you in your major courses and lead to a well-rounded life. We call this the Carolina Core, and these classes include students from all majors bringing a richness of perspectives to your classroom discussions.

The Carolina Core begins with foundational courses early in the undergraduate experience followed by an integrative course near the end in which selected Core learning outcomes are integrated into the chosen major.

The Carolina Core consists of the following categories:

  • Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Written Component (6 credit hours)
  • Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 credit hours)
  • Scientific Literacy (7 credit hours)
  • Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (6 credit hours)
  • Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking (3 credit hours)
  • Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 credit hours)
  • Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 credit hours)
  • Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Spoken Component (3 credit hours)
  • Information Literacy (3 credit hours)
  • Values, Ethics and Social Responsibility (3 credit hours)

The Business Core curriculum provides a solid foundation by equipping students with the basics for success in advanced business courses. Courses common to all programs include business communications, statistics and international business, as well as accounting, economics, computer applications and business law.

ACCT 225: Introduction to Financial Accounting

User-oriented approach to the study of financial accounting and reporting topics related to business decisions.

ACCT 226: Introduction to Managerial Accounting

User-oriented approach to the study of managerial accounting topics related to business decisions.

ACCT 324: Survey of Commercial Law

Basic legal concepts and the judicial system with emphasis on business law.

BADM 301: Business Careers in the Global Economy

Outlines job search essentials for business careers in a global economy. Business networking, interviewing and career planning with an international focus will be covered.

ECON 221: Principles of Microeconomics

Microeconomic analysis: theory of the firm, cost and output determination, market pricing, theory of consumer and income distribution.

ECON 222: Principles of Macroeconomics

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. 

FINA 363: Introduction to Finance

Basic concepts of finance related to decision-making.

MGMT 250: Professional Communication

Theory and practice of oral and written communication skills required in the contemporary business environment.

MGMT 371: Principles of Management

A comprehensive survey of the basic principles of management applicable to all forms of business. Provides a basis for thinking about complex business situations in the framework of analysis of the management process.

MGMT 478: Strategic Management

A study of the formulation and application of functionally integrated business policy by top management. Emphasis on decision-making in the face of changing conditions.

MGSC 290: Computer Information Systems in Business

An introduction to the effective use of information systems tools in day-to-day business communications, analysis and decision-making.

MGSC 291: Statistics for Business and Economics

Descriptive statistics, topics in probability, statistical inference and modeling. Emphasis on the collection, summarization, analysis and reporting of numerical findings relevant to business decisions and economic analysis.

MGSC 395: Operations Management

Management of activities and resources that result in the production of competitive goods and services in the global marketplace. Integrates cross-functional concepts from marketing, finance and management.

MKTG 350: Principles of Marketing

Principles and concepts underlying marketing functions, including the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of products and services and the role of marketing in society.

Students must complete at least nine credit hours of internationally focused content while enrolled in the Darla Moore School of Business.

Each major within the Moore School has its own set of required and elective courses. You'll find information on major course curricula in our Undergraduate Majors section.


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