The Business Administration department is the largest one on campus, home to approximately 25 percent of all students who have declared majors.

We believe that our students get the best of both worlds: the benefit of a challenging liberal arts education and the opportunity to earn a degree in a field that makes them attractive to employers and graduate programs or prepares them to start their own businesses.

Explore the links on this page and learn about the opportunities available–from international study trips to internship opportunities. You’ll see that we mean business! The Department of Business Administration is committed to providing a quality education for men and women and to preparing them for the roles they will assume in the business world.

Please contact Dr. Suzanne J. Smith, Department of Economics and Business Administration Chair, for more information.

Better still, come by to visit with us if you can. There’s no better way to get a sense of what a truly special place PC is!

Contact Information

Dr. Suzanne J. Smith
Department of Economics and Business Administration
Presbyterian College
503 South Broad Street
Clinton, South Carolina 29325
Phone: 864.833.8454
E-mail: ssmith@presby.edu

The business administration major with a management concentration offers students the most popular and flexible option within the departmental majors. In addition to requiring foundational courses in economics, accounting, finance, business law, marketing, computer applications for business, and management, the program allows students to select from over a dozen upper-level elective options taught by experienced faculty. In most of these courses, students polish their communication skills through required presentations, research papers, and team projects.

PC’s business administration majors are well-versed in the applications of technology to the business world. Many classes incorporate the use of computers and technology in creative ways, encouraging students not only to understand the mechanics of using technology but also the impact of technology on people. Jacobs Hall, home of the Department of Economics and Business Administration, houses a PC computer lab and a teaching theater. These facilities are available to students most of the day to allow opportunities to apply computer skills by using Excel applications, Capsim simulation, and more course-specific software.

The business administration major fits comfortably within the context of Presbyterian College’s liberal arts education philosophy. Our students benefit from the solid foundation gained from a broad-based liberal arts education, which many centuries have proved to be an effective way to educate young people. They also take a concentration of courses that will prepare them for success in a variety of business careers and will make them attractive to employers–all within a distinctively Christian context.

Recent elective options have included:
  • Small Business Management
  • Real Estate
  • Managerial Communication
  • Health Care Administration
  • Money & Banking
  • Investment Analysis
  • Sports Marketing
  • Industrial Psychology (cross-listed with Psychology)
  • Database Management (cross-listed with Computer Science)
  • Enterprise Information Systems (cross-listed with Computer Science)
  • Environmental Economics
  • International Political Economy (cross-listed with Political Science)
  • International Trade
  • Capitalism: Foundations and Functions
  • Christianity & Capitalism (cross-listed with Religion)
  • Doing Business in China
  • The Economics of Globalization

The accounting concentration is a unique program offering students the opportunity for a specialized area of study within the liberal arts environment. Traditionally, specialization in the liberal arts has been uncommon. A student interested in the accounting concentration must successfully complete the general education requirements in addition to the concentration work. The general education requirements give each PC student the opportunity to study in several different disciplines including mathematics, the physical sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts.

Accounting students get plenty of hands-on experience as part of their coursework using the Jacobs Hall computer lab, with 18 computers, and our teaching theater, with 25 computers.

The best measure of a program’s success is the employment opportunities students find available upon graduation. Our students enter accounting positions in both public accounting and private industry. Many have successfully completed the CPA examination. Students wanting to enter the public accounting profession should be aware that individual states license CPAs. Most states have adopted a 150-hour education requirement that requires additional coursework beyond that required for an undergraduate degree. For example, the South Carolina Board of Accountancy has adopted the 150-hour requirement for licensure. Check with your state board of accountancy or contact one of the PC accounting faculty members for additional information on current requirements.

Whether they choose to enroll in graduate school or go straight into an accounting career, PC accounting graduates have a track record of success.

Some of the firms and organizations that have hired our graduates include the following:
  • Ernst and Young
  • KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Elliott Davis
  • Larson Allen, CPA’s
  • Moore Colson
  • McGuireWoods, Attorneys
  • S.C. Department of Revenue
  • Wells Fargo
  • Naval Audit Service
  • Bank of America
  • Blackbaud

Some of our students choose to enter graduate programs specializing in accounting and taxation. Their undergraduate study at PC provides a solid foundation to pursue this additional study. Business Administration majors start their PC studies with a strong liberal arts foundation before tackling their first business courses. We recommend that students select a major advisor by their sophomore year. There is some flexibility in ordering of courses, and advisors can alert students to available options.