The George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics offers programs leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration on the Spartanburg and Greenville campuses. Students may pursue one of five concentrations within the program:
- General Business Administration
A Bachelor of Science in Business Administration is a well-rounded degree which prepares students for careers in the public, private, and government sectors as well as opportunities to further their education in graduate school.
The quality of the USC Upstate business program is recognized globally through accreditation by AACSB International – the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Less than one-third of U.S. business programs and 10 percent of business programs worldwide have been awarded AACSB accreditation. Students graduating with an Upstate degree may rightfully claim to be graduates of an internationally recognized program.
Our Silver LEED-certified facilities at the Johnson College host state of the art “smart” classrooms, a stock trading lab, and telepresence equipped distance learning classrooms as well as designated student study areas.
The Johnson College hosts a “Professionalism Series” each semester designed to foster and enhance professional development through workshops, teaching important business “soft skills” such as but not limited to: Networking skills, interviewing skills, professional attire, workplace and dining etiquette.
Through a dual degree agreement with the University of Applied Sciences at Landshut in Landshut, Germany, Johnson College students have the opportunity to study in Germany for an additional year, earning a Bachelor of International Business degree from the University at Landshut.
All Johnson College business majors complete a business core curriculum that includes courses in accounting, statistical analysis, organizational management, business information systems, business law, economics, finance, operations management, marketing, international business/economics/marketing and strategic management.
Students select a concentration for their studies at the Johnson College where they focus on one of the following: Accounting, Economics and Finance, General Business, Management, or Marketing.
For students who do not choose to major in business, the Johnson College offers minors in Business Administration, Business and Entrepreneurship, and Economics and Finance.
All USC Upstate students have the opportunity to join a number of co-curricular business organizations including the Accounting Club, the Student Marketing Association, and the University Business Society. The College also has chapters of two business honorary societies: Beta Alpha Psi – honor society for accounting students and professionals – and Beta Gamma Sigma – official national honor society serving AACSB business programs.
Members of the Johnson College Faculty bring high-level professional experience to the classroom. Such experience includes positions with Elliot Davis, KPMG, BBA Fiberweb Corp, Fuji Photo Film, Printpack Corp, Milliken and Company, Duke Energy Corporation, Clean Control Corporation, Arthur State Bank, Koch Industries, Spartanburg Herald Journal, KWB Advertising as well as Finansbank A.S. (Turkey).
Both business professionals and leaders in higher education praise the importance and benefits of student internships. In the Johnson College, students may earn as much as six hours of credit (three hours per separate internship) toward their degree through internships.
Supplemental funding for internship learning opportunities is provided through the William S. Moore, II, Palmetto Professorship.
Students at Upstate have fulfilled internship opportunities at a variety of local and national organizations including:
- Hubbell Lighting
- Enterprise Holdings
- Advance America
- American Credit Acceptance Corporation
- LEL International
- HTI Solutions
- Spartanburg Regional Heathcare System
- Greenville Hospital System
- The Dräxlmaier Group
- Walt Disney World
- Jacksonville (Florida) Sharks
The Johnson College prepares students to become successful and productive leaders in organizations along the I-85 corridor, throughout South Carolina, and in the global business community.
Through a dedicated professional staff, students and alumni benefit from career counseling at both the George and the University Center in Greenville and through Career Services located on main campus in the Student Success Center. The local automotive and distribution-centric economy drives many graduates to launch careers with such distinguished companies as BMW, Draxlmaier, and adidas Group.
However, many graduates get their professional start in the financial services industry, working at TD Bank, Advance America, and American Credit Acceptance, all organizations with whom the College partners for recruitment. Additionally, our accounting majors are actively recruited by all of the “big four” firms as well as by numerous highly respected local and regional accounting firms.
For others who may desire to start their own business, the entrepreneurial spirit among our students and graduates is strong and the track record of success is proven. With the opening of the the Greenhouse Incubator, the college remains heavily invested in entrepreneurship by promoting Greenhouse-sponsored events and encouraging startups to recruit USC Upstate students for various internships and hands-on projects.
The college has spawned businesses that have created over 400 jobs with more than $50 million in annual sales since 2008. While at least half of our graduates seeks to maintain the excellent quality of life afforded by the Upstate area, our employment placement footprint is large with students working on five of the seven continents.