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:
The Belk College of Business offers undergraduate majors with additional concentrations for students at UNC Charlotte. Students who apply for and are accepted into the Belk College of Business are initially classified as Pre-Accounting (PACC), Pre-Business (PBUS), or Pre-Economics (PECO) majors. 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 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:
Graduate Early Entry Programs
See the About the University section of this Catalog for details about program accreditation.
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.
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. For one term, 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.
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 credits allowed may be limited due to University and College residency requirements. Transfer equivalencies are granted upon application to UNC Charlotte.
Transfer Credit and Transient Study
Once a student is admitted into the Belk College of Business, they are prohibited from transferring in coursework (including Progression, Core, and Major Courses) from other institutions without prior approval. This policy applies to courses taken from any other institution, including those taken through UNC Online. Approvals are limited to 1000- and 2000-level courses taken during Summer terms and a maximum of six (6) credit hours of 3000-level courses taken during Summer terms. Approval may be denied due to University or College residency requirements. Equivalency for upper-division business courses may be denied.
Special Business Programs and Opportunities
Business Learning Community
The Business Learning Community (BLC) is a cohort of first-year business students who live and attend classes together. The program is designed to ease the transition to university life, enhance student academic performance, provide opportunities for direct exposure to business and networking, and improve the overall student experience.
Designed for diverse, highly-motivated students with leadership potential and an interest in professional development, UNC Charlotte’s BLC provides first-year business students with a built-in community of learners and a current and future professional network. BLC students reside in Charles F. Lynch Hall, which is designed for learning community students.
First-year students 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 interest in and commitment to exploring professional development and a variety of careers in business. Space in the program is limited. Applications can be submitted online at lc.uncc.edu.
Students in the BLC enroll in 1-2 courses together each semester. These specialized courses are 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. These events are focused on professional development and include self-assessment, community building, networking, and industry exploration.
Niblock Student Center
Academic and Career Coaches and Professional Development staff in the Niblock Student Center support all students in the Belk College of Business. Students meet one-on-one with their Academic and Career Coach and are encouraged to participate in professional development activities that support academic and career success. The Niblock Student Center is dedicated to helping students define their professional goals, engage in success strategies to prepare for the workforce, and complete their degree in a timely manner. Some of the support programs and services offered include:
- Workshops and other programs 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)
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 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.