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Joseph M. Bryan
School of Business and Economics
401 Bryan Building

Mission StatementStructure-Departments & Centers AccreditationScopeAdmission to the Bryan SchoolContinuanceTransfersAcademic Workload GuidelinesBusiness MinorUndergraduate Areas of Study



James K. Weeks, Professor and Dean of the School

Donald L. McCrickard, Associate Professor and Associate Dean

Pamela R. Cash, Director of Student Services


Mission Statement

Themission of the Bryan School is to prepare students to perform successfully as business professionals in the global economy and to enhance the practice of managed organizations through high quality teaching, research, and professional service.



The Bryan School of Business and Economics is organized into four academic departments, each of which offers a program leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. The Department of Economics also offers a liberal-arts-oriented program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Information Systems and Operations Management

The School's Office of Student Services provides academic advising which supplements and complements faculty advising. The Director of the Center, with a professional staff, coordinates orientation, registration for the School and administers admission and retention of majors in the School.

The School's Internship Program integrates academic study with career-related work for eligible juniors majoring in the Bryan School. A variety of internship plans are available to meet students' needs.

Additionally the School supports three professional centers.

The Center for Applied Research- sponsors and conducts studies of particular relevance to economic and business developments in North Carolina, the southeast, and the nation. It publishes monographs and occasional papers.

The Center for Economic Education- affiliated with the North Carolina Council for Economic Education, works to improve understanding of economic affairs, primarily in collaboration with state and local school systems.

The Center for Global Business Education and Research- promotes international business competency and literacy among students, fosters and disseminates research on global business issues, and creates outreach programs for the Triad business community.



Undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Bryan School of Business and Economics are accredited by AACSB, The International Association for Management Education, and in the case of programs leading to certification to teach, by the National Council of Accreditation in Teacher Education and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.



Programs within the Bryan School of Business and Economics prepare students for careers in business, teaching, and government, or for graduate study. These programs combine the essentials of a professional education and the breadth of general education. A minimum of 50 percent of the degree program requirements must be taken in general education and liberal arts studies outside the School. In a 122-semester-hour degree program, at least 61 hours must be taken outside the Bryan School of Business and Economics. In addition, at least 50 percent of the business credit hours required for the degree must be earned at UNCG.

The essential components of a professional education in business and economics (Bachelor of Science degrees) include a common body of knowledge for breadth and opportunities for advanced work for depth in the various business and economics disciplines. The common body of knowledge requirements for Bachelor of Science majors within the Bryan School of Business and Economics include: ACC 201, 202; ECO 201, 202, 250, 300; FIN 315; ISM 110, 280, 360; and MGT 309, 312, 330 (331 for Accounting majors), 491; MKT 320.

Noncredit courses, workshops, and special lectures and seminars by distinguished persons of national prominence promote continuing education for a diverse public.

Collaboration with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (located in Greensboro) permits UNCG students to take courses not offered on the home campus - for example, Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness.


Admission to the Bryan School

A student must be admitted to the Bryan School of Business and Economics and to a major or minor program of study to enroll in selected advanced level courses. Admission to the Bryan School and to the program of study is a two-step process. First, students declare an intent to pursue a specific program of study (major or minor) in the Bryan School. For prospective students, this declaration will be based on their admission to the University and the declared majors indicated on their application forms. Currently enrolled students may declare their intentions to pursue programs of study in the Bryan School by completing appropriate forms in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center. Second, a student must be admitted to a specific program of study in the Bryan School.

Criteria for Admission to Programs of Study in the Bryan School of Business and Economics

Admission to a program of study requires successful completion of the following foundation level courses either at UNCG or in acceptable transfer credit.

BS programs:

ACC 201, 202; ECO 201, 202, 250; ISM 110; and MAT 120 or 191

Economics BA program:

ECO 201, 202, 250; ISM 110; and MAT 120 or 191

Business Minor program:

ACC 201 and ECO 201

All programs in the School have a GPA admission requirement equal to or higher than the University GPA requirement for graduation. In addition, the major programs of study may have additional admission requirements based on academic performance in selected foundation course work in that program. The stated requirements for admission are minimum requirements. Admission may be denied in cases where additional enrollments would threaten the academic quality of classes or programs.

Admission to a program of study should normally be sought by the second semester of the sophomore year. Students may enroll in no more than 30 semester hours in the Bryan School without being admitted to a major program in the School.

Holders of baccalaureate degrees who wish to work toward a second bachelor's degree should apply for admission immediately upon enrolling in the University and consult carefully with an advisor regarding requirements for completing the second degree. The Bryan School of Business and Economics cannot, at this time, accommodate persons who seek only to complete a series of courses in one field (such as Accounting or Information Systems). Those who enroll as candidates for second undergraduate degrees are expected to respect all course prerequisites and show evidence of orderly progress toward the second degree.

Criteria for Continuing in the Bryan School of Business and Economics

Students who have been admitted to the Bryan School of Business and Economics must be in good academic standing at UNCG, must maintain at least the GPA required for program admission, and must meet the continuation requirements of their programs of study.


Since most of the courses in the major are taken during the junior and senior years, transfer students often complete their programs without extending their total stay beyond the usual four years. As a general guide, courses taught mainly to freshmen and sophomores here will usually, but not always, be accepted in transfer from accredited two-year colleges. Courses numbered 300 and above generally will not be accepted in transfer credit from two-year institutions. However, credit for any course may be obtained by examination, and passing grades on CLEP examinations may be used to establish credit in a few courses.

Suggested Academic Workload Guidelines

The faculty of the Bryan School of Business and Economics recognizes that many Bryan School students hold jobs to support college expenses. The faculty wishes to emphasize that academic excellence and scholastic achievement usually require a significant investment of time in study, research, and out-of-class projects. To provide guidance to students in planning their academic and work schedules, the faculty of the Bryan School have endorsed the following recommendations:

1. In general, students should plan to devote between 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class. Thus, students with a 15-hour course load should schedule between 30-45 hours weekly for completing outside-of-class reading, study, and homework assignments.

2. Students who are employed more than 5-10 hours each week should consider reducing their course loads (credit hours), depending upon their study habits, learning abilities and course work requirements.


Business Minor

The Business Minor, consisting of 21 semester hours, is available for majors outside the Bryan School of Business and Economics who are in good standing in the University. The minor complements a variety of professional, and arts and sciences fields. To earn a Business Minor, a student must meet the following requirements in the order listed:

1. Complete ACC 201 or 202 and ECO 101 or 201 with a grade of C- or better.

2. Apply for admission to the minor program in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center, Room 232, Bryan Building. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.

3. Consult with an advisor in the Bryan School Advising and Internship Center to select 15 semester hours of electives.

A grade of C- or better must be achieved in each course


Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics Undergraduate Areas of Study

Dept department name

Degree degree awarded

Major name of major

Hrs Req hours required for completion of the degree or the second major/minor

AOS areas of study available in major

LIC type of teacher licensure available; blank indicates no licensure program is available for that area of study

Hrs Req

Accounting BS Accounting 122 Accounting  x

 Business Administration BS Business Adm 122 Human Resources   x
  x BS Business Adm 122 Marketing   x
  x BS Business Adm 122 Small Business   x
  x BS Business Adm 122 Business Studies   x
  x BS Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate 122 Finance, Insurance, & Real Estate   x

 Economics BA Economics 122 Economics  
  x BA Economics 122 Economics Social Stds
  x BS Economics 122 Economics  
  x BS Economics 122 Economics Social Stds
  x BS Economics 122 Financial Economics   x
  x - Economics 18 Economics minor   x

Information Systems & Operations Mgt BS Information Systems & Operations Mgt 122 Information Systems   x
  x BS Information Systems & Operations Mgt 122 Operations & Systems Mgt  x

Interdepartmental BS International Business Studies 127 International Business   x

Interdepartmental - Business Adm 21 Business minor   x


Contact: University Registrar's Office
Registrar, UNCG, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170 (336) 334-5946

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