May 28, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Business

Students in the College of Business are exposed to the principles of human behavior in business, economic, social and organizational contexts. The College promotes scholarship and a deep appreciation for life-long learning, with thoughtful awareness of the roles individuals play in business affairs and the global economy. The role capitalism has played in the human condition is explored, as students are developed into distinctive leaders in industry and higher education and in roles of professional and public service. Faculty members pride themselves on their commitment to, and engagement with, the College’s undergraduate students.

The College includes the School of Accountancy, the John Walker Department of Economics, and the departments of Aerospace Studies, Graphic Communications, Finance, Management, Marketing, and Military Leadership.

All College of Business majors, and other non-majors taking 3000- and 4000-level courses offered by the College, are required to pay a major and course fee to fund significant infrastructure and program enhancements. Additional information about this fee and the benefits derived from it is available at

Modern Language Requirement

A number of Clemson University degree programs require the completion of a modern language through a specific course level. Modern languages taught at Clemson University or accepted for transfer credit include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. While many degree programs accept any of these modern languages for the requirement, certain programs may have specific modern language requirements. Students should consult their program’s curriculum map for details.

Business and Professional Programs

Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, Graphic Communications, Management, and Marketing. With the exception of Graphic Communications, these programs share a common curriculum during the first year, allowing the student maximum flexibility in choosing an appropriate major. The Business programs in Accounting, Financial Management, Management, and Marketing are accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The Accounting program has earned additional accounting accreditation by AACSB International. All business and professional curricula prepare students for a variety of careers and furnish an education that recognizes the need for an understanding of the basic principles of science, appreciation for the nature of human interaction, and the comprehension of the economic, political, and social environment.

Pre-Business Program

The Pre-Business program provides students planning to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, Management, and Marketing with a sound academic preparation for these degrees. All Pre-Business students complete a common curriculum during the freshman year. All new Business students (including transfer students) are admitted into the Pre-Business program until the following core classes are satisfactorily completed and the grade-point average requirement is met: BUS 1010 , ECON 2110 , ECON 2120 , MATH 1020 , MATH 2070  or acceptable sequence, ENGL 1030 , and a natural science with laboratory requirement.

Change of Major into Pre-Business

Students who change majors into Pre-Business must have completed at least 12 credit hours at Clemson and must have a 2.0 minimum cumulative gradepoint average.

Admission to Business Degree Programs

To be eligible for admission into the Bachelor of Science degree programs in Accounting, Economics, Financial Management, or Management, students must have completed the courses outlined in the freshman core curriculum and have a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 or higher. Students wishing to enter the Marketing Program must have completed the freshman core curriculum and have a Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher.

Students should initiate a Request to Change Academic Program form with the College of Business Academic Advising Center in G-02 Sirrine Hall after completing the freshman core curriculum. Students who fail to meet the requirements for admission to a degree-granting business program may remain in Pre-Business until those requirements are met, but only until 64 semester hours of coursework have been completed. Students who exceed 64 credit hours and still do not meet the requirements for admission into a degree program must declare another major.

Transfer Credit Policy

For upper level undergraduates business courses (3000- and 4000-level courses with the rubrics of ACCT, BUS, ELE, FIN, LAW, MGT and MKT) transfer credits will only be accepted from AACSB International and/or EQUIS accredited institutions. Transfer credits from non-US institutions that do not hold either accreditation may be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.



    A minor consists of at least 15 semester hours, with no fewer than nine credits at the 3000 level or higher.* A student cannot major and minor in the same field or acquire a minor that is not allowed by the degree program. In programs that require a minor, courses may not be used to fulfill both the major and minor requirements. Courses that count towards a student’s major, but are outside the major’s course rubric, may also be used to fulfill minor requirements. Students are encouraged to contact the department offering the minor for advising. Specific requirements are detailed below.

    Fulfilling Course Prerequisites

    A number of courses in the minors have prerequisite courses. Students should select a minor and take any prerequisite courses as early as possible in their academic careers. Please consult individual course listings for prerequisites.