Jun 18, 2018
2015-2016 USC Lancaster Bulletin (Archived Copy) [Archived Catalog]
Business Economics, B.S.B.A.
The business administration curriculum allows sufficient flexibility for adaptation to a student’s particular interests and goals. A minimum of 122 hours is required for the B.S. degree in all majors except accounting, which requires 127 hours, and international business, which requires a minimum of 125 hours. They are divided between courses in business administration and general education courses in English, history, foreign languages, natural and behavioral sciences, and other disciplines. All business administration students are required to earn 40 hours in a common core sequence of business subjects. The major field for all majors except accounting and international business* requires 12-21 hours beyond the common core. If a major requires only 12 hours, then a minimum of 9 additional hours of advisor-approved course work in business/economics must be completed. A minimum of 18 credit hours in additional directed general education courses is required.
The school has developed options designed to complement core and major requirements. Information and assistance in the development and selection of options are available through the advising facilities of the school.
*The accounting major requires 26 hours. International business requires a second major in business. International business majors range from 27 to 36 hours, depending on the double major selected.
- Students will achieve an acceptable pass rate on questions related to the following core microeconomic concepts: (a) Consumer utility maximization (b) Producer profit maximization (c) Equilibrium and welfare analysis under different market structures (d) Importance of externalities
- Students will achieve an acceptable pass rate on questions related to the following core macroeconomic concepts: (a) Determination of full-employment output and growth (b) Money creation and inflation (c) Employment and output fluctuations over the business cycle (d) Fundamentals of macroeconomic policy
- Students will achieve be able to: (a) Solve basic equations to find equilibrium outcomes (b) Use graphs to understand and interpret economic relationships
- Students will be able to successfully prepare a research paper and present the results of their research their peers in a classroom environment.
Degree Requirements (122 Hours)
Major Requirements (61 Hours)
See Moore School of Business for entrance requirements, progression requirements, and other regulations.
- General Education Requirements (40-44 Hours)
- Business Core (40 Hours)
- Communication (Included in General Education Requirements)
- Business Economics (12 Hours)
- Internationalization Requirement (9 Hours)
- Directed General Education Course Work (non-BA) (minimum of 18 Hours)
1. Carolina Core Plus General Education Requirements
CMW: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged and Persuasive Communication: Writing (6 Hours)
ARP: Carolina Core Analytical Reasoning and Problem-Solving (6-8 Hours)
One of the following options:
SCI: Carolina Core Scientific Literacy
- Two approved Carolina Core Scientific Literacy courses including one laboratory course
GFL: Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Foreign Language (0-8 hours)
- Students shall demonstrate in one Foreign Language the ability to comprehend the topic and the main ideas in written and, with the exception of Latin and Ancient Greek, spoken texts on familiar subjects. This ability can be demonstrated by achieving a score of two or better on a USC foreign language test. Those failing to do so much satisfactorily complete equivalent study of foreign language at USC.
GHS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Historical Thinking
- Any approved Carolina Core History course
GSS: Carolina Core Global Citizenship and Multicultural Understanding: Social Sciences (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Social Science course
AIU: Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding (3 Hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding course
CMS: Carolina Core Effective, Engaged, and Persuasive Communication: Speech (3 hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Speech course
INF: Carolina Core Information Literacy (0-3 Hours)
- This requirement may be met in an overlay course that combines learning outcomes from two Carolina Core components
VSR: Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility (3 hours)
- Any approved Carolina Core Values, Ethics, and Social Responsibility course.
Other Required General Education Courses for the Darla Moore School of Business (3-10 Hours)
- An additional DMSB social science course may be required if student exempts foreign language requirement (up to 3-4 hours)
- An additional DMSB general education course may be required if student exempts foreign language requirement and completes social science in area designated for GFL (up to 3 hours)
One English course selected from:
2. Business Core (40 Hours)
3. Communication (Included in General Education Requirements)
Business Economics (Regular Major) (12 Hours)
Required Courses (6 Hours)
Economics Electives (6 Hours)
- Select 6 hours of ECON courses numbered 300 or above
- Courses from List A below cannot be used to fulfill the 6 hour requirement
- Regular (12 hour) majors must complete an additional 9 hours of approved course work in business or economics
Business Economics (Intensive Major) (21 Hours)
Required Courses (9 Hours)
Economics Electives (12 Hours)
- Select 12 hours of ECON courses numbered 300 or above. At least 6 of those hours must be numbered 400 or above.
- Courses from List A below cannot be used to fulfill the 12 hour requirement
5. Internationalization Requirement (9 Hours)
The program also requires 9 hours of course work with international content that may be used to fulfill other degree requirements. Three hours must be taken from an approved list of courses offered by the Moore School of Business which contain international business or international economics content. The following course options can also be used to satisfy the 3 credit hours of this requirement: approved course work containing international business or international economics content, taken at a semester abroad program; an approved Maymester or summer overseas course containing international business or international economics content; an approved internship course in international business wherein a student would obtain discipline-related work experience in a foreign country; or an approved service-learning component. Students may choose from one of the following options to complete the remaining 6-hour requirement:
- Two language courses at the 200 level or above
- Two approved courses with international content taken either inside or outside the Moore School of Business from a list available in the undergraduate office.
6. Directed General Education Course Work (non-BA) (minimum of 18 Hours)
Directed non-BA course work may be selected from a University-wide list of approved minors. The minor is normally a minimum of 18 hours of prescribed courses in one subject area. Students not selecting such a minor may submit an alternative program of study to satisfy the non-BA approved course work. The proposed alternative program of study must be approved by the Undergraduate Program Executive Committee. All minor courses or courses approved as alternatives must be passed with a grade of C or better.