Business Meta-Major

Still deciding between finance or economics? Not sure what the difference is between a major in management and business? Let the business meta-major guide you on your academic journey.

By joining a community of business-minded students earlier in your college experience, you'll develop important connections. You'll hang out with entrepreneurs and other self-starters. You'll develop skills in leadership, customer service, communication and project management.

Explore This Meta-Major

The Business meta-major joins together 12 majors from our School of the Arts, our School of Business, and our School of Health Sciences to help you develop the skills you will need to enter the workforce right after graduation.
  • Potential Majors
  • Your First Year

    Through proper advising, you will start early on your math and economics courses. Think about a First-Year Experience course aligned with this meta-major. You'll also begin taking your general education courses.

    A typical first-year schedule can include courses on topics like:

    • mathematics.
    • First-Year Experience.
    • introductory writing.
    • foreign language.
    • history, humanities or social sciences.
    • natural sciences.
    • social sciences (with specific focus on Economics courses).

    These general education courses are important to help you discover new areas of interest. They also keep you on track so you're meeting your degree requirements.

  • Math Pathways

    Prioritizing math enrollment is important in this meta-major. Math is a prerequisite for many courses in the business meta-major.

    Your advisor will help you select the best math course for you based on your placement and your desired major.

    • Considering a major in Arts Management?  Be sure to complete a three-credit hour math course in your first year.  Your placement score will help determine which math course to complete.
    • Considering a major in Health Services Administration & Management?  Be sure to complete MATH 104 (Elementary Calculus) early.
    • Considering a major in Economics?  Be sure to complete MATH 250 (Statistical Methods I) early.  Taking MATH 116 (Calculus for Business and Social Sciences) or MATH 120 (Introductory Calculus) early is also beneficial.  Students interested in graduate school after completion of their bachelor's degree should take MATH 120.
    • Considering a Business major other than Economics?  Be sure to complete MATH 104 (Elementary Statistics) or MATH 250 (Statistical Methods I) early.  Taking MATH 116 (Calculus for Business and Social Sciences) or MATH 120 (Introductory Calculus) early is also beneficial. Students interested in graduate school after completion of their bachelor's degree should take MATH 250 and MATH 120.

    Click here to view additional information about math placement.


  • Gain a Global Perspective

    Taking your education abroad builds intercultural skills and gives you a broader perspective on your major. The College ranks No. 2 for total participation in study abroad and No. 7 for mid-length duration (semester programs) among all Master's Level Colleges & Universities.

    You can gain a global perspective on your business major through a variety of programs that are offered over spring break, the summer, or for a whole semester. You can even participate in internships in another country. Visit the Center for International Education and make an account in the ViaTRM portal to learn more about our study abroad offerings.

    Students in School of Business majors can also work with the School's Global Business Resource Center on international education opportunities.  This is particularly important for International Business majors, who are required to complete a study abroad experience along with a globally-focused minor.

  • In-Demand Skills

    Depending on which major you ultimately choose, you'll add even more skills to your résumé.  Programs in this meta-major will teach you how to:

    • Innovate and lead for positive impact.
    • Adapt to new challenges and opportunities.
    • Use data to make decisions and improve outcomes.
    • Utilize interpersonal skills to develop relationships and foster collaboration.
    • Practice ethical management and decision-making.
    • Evaluate business law and policy.
    • Use business systems to meet organizational goals, especially technology and innovation needs.
    • Think critically and find solutions to complex business problems.

    Through our partnership with Coursera Career Academy, every Charleston student has the opportunity to enhance their degree with skills and credentials needed to give them a competitive edge in rapidly evolving job markets.

Your Future

To maximize your preparation and career opportunities post-graduation, we higly recommend 2-3 internships throughout your experience at the College. Business majors thrive in diverse career paths, from corporate sectors to entrepreneurial ventures, and even non-profits or government roles.

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