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  Nov 18, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog | 2017-2018

College of Business


The vision of the Belk College of Business is to be a leading urban research business school. We are committed to creating an inclusive culture that inspires a passion for knowledge and intellectual growth as well as dedication to service. We engage in research that fosters innovative business theory, policy, and practice. In strategic partnership with the Greater Charlotte region, we educate our students to become leaders who are critical thinkers, ethically informed, and globally aware. In carrying out our mission, the Belk College of Business is committed to the following shared values:

  • Integrity: We embrace integrity as the fundamental basis for trust, leadership, and organizational culture.
  • Knowledge and Innovation: We are dedicated to encouraging intellectual curiosity, advancing knowledge, and promoting innovation.
  • Excellence: We have a passion for excellence in business, research, and education.
  • Diversity and Inclusion: We foster an environment that is based on mutual respect, broadens understanding, and builds trust.
  • Global Citizenship: We promote ethically principled and sustainable global practices that foster economic and social value.

The College of Business consists of the following departments:


Degree Programs

Pre-Majors

Students who apply for and are accepted into the Belk College of Business are initially classified as one of the following majors:

Majors

The Belk College of Business offers undergraduate majors with additional concentrations for students at UNC Charlotte. Students must have earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5, and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the Progression Requirements*, in order to be accepted into one of the major programs. These majors include:

*The Major in Business Administration with Concentration in Business Analytics requires a minimum GPA of 3.2 in the Progression Requirements. 

Minors

The Belk College of Business offers four minors for students at UNC Charlotte. Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in order to be accepted into the minor programs.  Students must take all prerequisites for the courses required in the minor programs. These minors include:

Honors Programs 

Graduate Early Entry Programs

Accreditation

All of the degree programs offered by the Belk College of Business are accredited by AACSB International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.  AACSB International is the premier accrediting agency for bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in business administration and accounting.


Special Business Programs and Opportunities  

Business Learning Community

The Business Learning Community (BLC) provides a distinct approach to learning that inspires first generation students to become active in their own educational experiences - to truly become a "cross-cultural community of learners." Students in the BLC interact closely with their peers, faculty, and staff to create the ultimate college experience: the opportunity to take their learning beyond the classroom and apply it in a practical sense to the business world. Participants in this one-year program live on campus together, enroll in common courses, and fulfill business-related extracurricular activities. Freshmen reside in Charles F. Lynch Hall which is designed for learning community students.

Admission

Freshmen who are accepted into the Belk College of Business are encouraged to apply for admission to the BLC. Admission to the program is based on the student's high school GPA, SAT scores, courses completed, other factors, and availability of space in the program. Applications can be submitted online at lc.uncc.edu.

Required Courses

Students in the BLC must complete specialized courses designed for learning community students. Once students are admitted to the Business Learning Community, they are required to complete all sections offered unless they receive permission from the Business Learning Community Coordinator.

Field Trips, Events, and Other Extracurricular Activities

Students in the BLC are required to participate in all field trips, events, and other extracurricular activities offered by the Business Learning Community during the academic year.

Student Center for Professional Development

Students are encouraged to participate in professional development activities that support academic and career success.  The Robert A. Niblock Student Center for Professional Development (SCPD) is dedicated to helping students define their professional goals, answer questions about career opportunities in business, and engage in success strategies to prepare for the workforce.  Some of the support programs and services offered include:

  • Workshops and other programming to promote the development of professional skills
  • Events to facilitate student engagement with industry
  • Academic courses that allow students to earn credit for qualifying internship experiences
Academic Credit for Internships

Students may apply for academic credit for internship experiences. Internship coursework is graded and requires 150 hours of supervised work experience that directly aligns with a student's declared major. Students may not apply for course credit if the work experience has already concluded, if a student is currently employed and is seeking credit with the same employer, or if the business is family-owned.

Minimum eligibility requirements include the following:

  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Declared Business Major
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • ACCT 3312  with grade of C or above (for Accounting majors only)
  • MKTG 3110  plus two MKTG electives with grades of C or above (for Marketing majors only)

Interested students must attend an Internship for Academic Credit Info Session with the SCPD before the application process can begin.  All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline.  Upon review and approval of a qualified internship experience and satisfactory completion of eligibility requirements, students will be issued permission to register for the appropriate internship course. 

Scholarships

Scholarships are available for new and current students in the Belk College of Business.  Further information about scholarships is available from the University Scholarships Office and the online application portal NinerScholars.


Degree Requirements

All business degrees are composed of: (1) General Education Requirements, (2) Progression Requirements, (3) Core Requirements, (4) Major Requirements, and (5) Electives. To graduate from UNC Charlotte, students must attain a minimum 120 earned credit hours. "Non-Business Elective" and "General Elective" credit hours may be required to address any shortfall needed to meet the 120 earned hours. A Non-Business Elective can be any course offered by the University outside the Belk College of Business. A General Elective can be any course offered by the University that is not already fulfilling a degree requirement.

Academic and Career Coaching

The Academic and Career Coaching office supports all students in the Belk College of Business.  Entering students are designated as Pre-Accounting (PACC), Pre-Business (PBUS), or Pre-Economics (PECO).  Once students have completed the Progression Requirements during the Junior year, they may officially declare a major program in the Belk College.  To declare a major, students will complete a Change of Major form with their assigned Academic Career Coach. 

Catalog Policies

The Belk College reserves the right to impose new curriculum changes at any time. Students not admitted to the upper-division majors are subject to any changes to major requirements regardless of General Education catalog or matriculation term. Readmitted students are automatically considered under the new business requirements.

Course Level and Prerequisite Restrictions

The Belk College restricts the registration of upper-division business courses (3000-level) to majors only who have attained Junior or Senior standing and satisfied course prerequisites. Course prerequisites are strongly enforced and cannot be waived. Pre-Accounting, Pre-Business, and Pre-Economics students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 and 60 earned credit hours may register for 3000-level Core Courses provided that all necessary prerequisites have been met. The Belk College reserves the right to remove students from any courses for which prerequisites (including minimum GPA requirements) have not been successfully met. Students enrolling in MGMT 3280  must have achieved Senior-level status and have completed all Core Courses with minimum grades of C or above. Pre-Accounting, Pre-Business, and Pre-Economics students may not enroll in MGMT 3280 .

Grade Replacement and Repeat Policies

Students are permitted two attempts at any course in the Belk College of Business. An attempt is defined as a course that is completed with a final grade of A, B, C, D, or F. This includes all: (1) Progression Requirements, (2) Core Requirements, and (3) Major Requirements. Students who earn less than a grade of C within two attempts in any of these required courses will be ineligible to continue in the major. Students are permitted to invoke the Grade Replacement Policy for business courses; however, the repeated course(s) will still count as an attempt.

Residency Requirements

In addition to meeting University residency requirements, all students seeking undergraduate degrees in the Belk College must complete at least 50 percent of the Core and Major Requirements at UNC Charlotte. This will vary depending on the major program requirements.

Furthermore, at least half of the hours required for an undergraduate degree in the Belk College of Business must be taken outside of the Belk College in order to have a well-rounded and balanced university education and experience. These 60 hours are designated as "Non-Business."  In addition to the General Education Requirements, the following courses are designated as Non-Business: ECON 2101 , ECON 2102 , ECON 3125 , MATH 1120 , and STAT 1220 .

Transfer and Second-Degree Students

The Belk College of Business major programs are designed to allow transfer students from community colleges and other institutions to enter the program and complete their degree requirements at UNC Charlotte. It is very important that students meet with an advisor at their community college or other institution to plan courses that will be accepted into the Belk College of Business. Due to AACSB accreditation standards, equivalency for upper-division business courses may be denied. Transfer equivalencies are granted upon application to UNC Charlotte. Once a student is admitted into the Belk College, they are prohibited from transferring in additional business coursework (Progression, Core, and Major Courses) from other institutions.

Transfer Credit and Transient Study

Once a student is admitted into the Belk College, they are prohibited from transferring in coursework (including Progression, Core, and Major Courses) from other institutions without prior approval.  Approval will only be granted for 1000- and 2000-level courses taken during the Summer term.