The Accounting Department curriculum at North Greenville University will provide you with the necessary accounting and business courses to be eligible, pursuant to South Carolina law, to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination. Your courses will allow you to experience a substantial opportunity in the various aspects of public, private, and not-for-profit entities.
Internship - You will have the opportunity to apply the accounting principles learned during the comprehensive accounting program in the Accounting Directed Internship class. Previous students have participated in the (VITA) IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance program, private practices with current CPAs, local businesses, and governmental entities and industries. Some of the accounting graduates have even become employed by the company that provided the internship.
Each Accounting Department faculty member has earned a graduate degree and has a broad background of accounting and business experience. These real-life experiences are shared with our students, as appropriate, to reinforce and illustrate applications of classroom instruction.
- Satisfy requirements of South Carolina Law to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination.
- Begin to earn accounting experience hours (after completion of the accounting curriculum) that will lead to becoming licensed as a CPA.
- Develop critical, analytical, and problem-solving abilities.
- Participate in individual presentation opportunities.
- Be involved in group or team activities in most classes
- Experience real-life applications of classroom instruction that some of our previous accounting graduates have continued with employment after graduation.
The Business Administration Department's curriculum at NGU has been developed to provide students with a basic background in business, accounting, and economics that will provide them with the academic skills to obtain positions in all types of businesses.
Your studies will begin with foundational courses on business, algebra, statistics, and sciences and then progress to advanced courses in business law, accounting, economics, ethics, human resource management, marketing, organizational management, operations management. Finally, your coursework will culminate with a course in business strategy.
Internships - Students in the business administration degree program will participate in an internship experience similar to the type of career they have chosen for their future. This experience will enable them to apply the knowledge and skills learned in their academic preparation. They will observe business professionals at work and understand how they function on the job, while also learning how knowledge and skills are integrated into the professional work environment. They will be able to perform, under supervision, a variety of management duties assigned to them by a practicing business manager. Lastly, they will also develop confidence in their academic preparation and learn new skills through evaluations conducted by their on-site supervisor and the NGU internship supervisor.
Work Study - Each semester, the Business Administration Department offers students the opportunity to serve as assistants to the faculty members. The benefits to the students include learning how an office functions, interacting with faculty in a non-classroom setting, and seeing more business functions than they do in the classroom.
Most Business Administration Department faculty members at NGU hold doctoral degrees in the business field. The adjunct faculty all hold master's degrees, with one having a Juris Doctorate and another also having a doctorate in German.
All of the business administration faculty members have numerous experiences in various areas of business. With their academic education and business experience, they are able to provide students with business theory and practical applications. They each seek for their students to graduate and be successful in their endeavors.
- List the various sources from which job applicants can be drawn, their relative advantages and disadvantages, and the methods for evaluating them.
- Evaluate human resources planning and staffing and understand how training can contribute to a company's business strategy.
- Have a basic knowledge of the fundamental concepts, principles, and rules of law that apply to business transactions and contracts, as well as understand the function and methods of operation of courts and governmental administrative agencies.
- Understand the importance of strategy execution in an organization and the impact of culture and leadership on that strategy.
- Understand the role of and develop a strategy for an organization.
The curriculum within the International Business Department at NGU is designed to prepare you to engage in business in the domestic or overseas job market, as well as to provide the skills to move between the two.
The program aims to help you acquire the business skills essential for success in business. You will gain the knowledge of business operations, accounting, economics, and especially the particulars of dealing with international trade and finance.
Also, you will learn a second language to aid in your career and to create opportunities for overseas employment. The program adds in the training and class work to learn the cultural, political, and legal nuances of foreign countries.
The international business program concludes with the potential for you to engage in an overseas internship to enhance your business skills and improve your language skills.
Internship - Students will gain field experience with a professional, on-site internship.
Oral presentation - Students will engage in several oral presentations in the context of a business format proposal, where they will be in business-appropriate dress and explain and then follow up with a question and answer session from faculty and peers.
Individual business analysis - Students will analyze and evaluate existing businesses, both small, medium, and large; outline the strengths and weaknesses of the businesses; advance proposals of how the businesses could improve; and then evaluate the potential pitfalls of their own proposals.
Team project and presentation - Students will engage together to assign job positions by the group internally to learn to succeed as a unit with their own decisions.
The International Business Department faculty members hold doctorates with dissertations on the field of international integration. All of the core classes are taught by faculty who hold doctorates in their respective fields. All members of the College of Business and Sport Professions integrate faith in the Lord into the curriculum, as well. Students are encouraged to demonstrate their faith in the international marketplace.
- Explain the importance and the role of culture in business decision-making.
- Test your entrepreneurial leadership in strategic decision-making in cross-cultural markets.
- Demonstrate knowledge of business concepts applicable to the international business community.
- Use knowledge and skills indicative of one who is prepared to enter the international business workforce.
The marketing program of study at NGU has been designed for breadth and depth. Our program strategically prepares graduates so that they may apply their education to many areas of marketing within any area of business or industry, thus increasing opportunities for employment.
In addition to beginning classes that provide a solid foundation in marketing then leading to common classes taught at all accredited business schools, our program offers valuable extras. Some of the extras we focus on include courses not commonly offered in undergraduate programs of marketing. Examples of these courses include Branding, Marketing for Tourism and Hospitality, Entrepreneurship, Marketing Communications, and Event Promotion and Planning, just to name a few.
Furthermore, most senior-level courses include real-world projects. Our students gain valuable application experience by completing projects for real companies in advertising, research, nonprofit, and strategy courses. Practical application of the marketing program culminates with required directed internships.
Student Marketing Association (SMA) - As a student-led organization, SMA equips members with learning and connections that will assist them in their professional careers. Members are exposed to the variety of marketing career opportunities through speakers, workshops, and field trips. Students can grow their professional network, pursue leadership positions, enhance their resume, and also explore career opportunities as a result of membership.
Directed Internship in Marketing course - Practical application of the marketing program culminates with a directed internship for academic credit in the final semester of the senior year for all marketing majors. Students benefit from a supervised business work setting in marketing, where they gain additional education and practical experience. Internships vary between three, six, nine, or 12 credit hours. This represents either 120, 240, 360, or 480 physical hours of actual work at the internship site in one semester. The internship can lead to a permanent position or at the very least real job experience and references for the student's first position after graduation.
E-commerce project - Marketing students receive hands-on website development training and experience at NGU. In building a basic webpage, you'll have the opportunity to gain valuable technical skills while illustrating creativity in building content as it relates to future business aspirations, hobbies, or personal interests.
Marketing Department faculty members at NGU are diverse in their backgrounds and education. All have had substantial experience in business and industry before seeking a career in academia. As servant leaders, our faculty members love the Lord and want to utilize their unique backgrounds to mentor as well as educate young adults. Fifty percent of the full-time faculty in the marketing department hold a doctorate. The remainder hold at least a master's degree, which brings substantial education and real-world marketing experience to the classroom. Some of the areas of extensive expertise include information systems and technology, nonprofits, international relations, and management.
- Demonstrate knowledge and awareness of marketing concepts applicable to the business world.
- Analyze and design strategic marketing plans by applying advanced principles of problem-solving.
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of cross-functional aspects of business.
- Exercise ethics in all areas of business.
- Communicate effectively with strong writing, speaking, discussion, team, and interpersonal skills needed to succeed in today's competitive global markets.
The curriculum within the Sport Management Department at NGU varies based on the emphasis chosen by the individual students in the program. The sport management degree offers three unique emphases: business emphasis, coaching certification, and ministry emphasis.
The business emphasis curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and sport economics and then progresses, allowing you to explore sport business operations in greater depth by studying the principles and elements of management, finance/budgeting, communication, legal, programming, and leadership.
As you continue through the program, you will experience heightened professional development while gaining valuable event management and game-day operation experience on campus and working with a number of off-campus sporting organizations. At the end of your academic career, you will venture off to a professional sport organization for a semester-long internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced sport professional.
The coaching certification curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and athletic injury management and then progresses, allowing you to delve more heavily into the sport sciences, including strength and conditioning, biomechanics, sport nutrition, and coaching strategies.
As you continue through the program, you will begin to develop your own coaching philosophies and your coaching eye, while gaining valuable coaching experience through in-house camps, clinics, and team coaching, as well as off-site coaching opportunities. At the end of your academic career, you will venture off to a semester-long coaching internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced athletic coach.
The ministry emphasis curriculum begins with foundational courses on sport psychology and sociology and sport economics and then allows you to study a combination of evangelism and discipleship, while partnering with sport operations and recreation programming.
As you continue through the program, you will deepen in your commitment of the Lord's calling in your life through sport ministry experiences both on campus, within the community, and in real-world settings. At the end of your academic career, you will be prepared to do kingdom work using sports as a tool and platform to serve the King through a semester-long internship, which then leads to graduating as a qualified and experienced sport minister.
Sport events - While studying sport management, you will work multiple events for the athletic department and other non-NGU sport-related events across the Upstate. Upon reaching the final semester of your degree program, you will have worked a minimum of seven semesters, managing at least 28 different sporting events while receiving valuable event management and behind-the-scenes experiences. In the world of sport, experience is almost as important as knowledge, which makes the Volunteer Practicum a great resume enhancement.
Business planning - You will also develop your own sport business by writing a business plan in the facility course and develop your own PR plan in the Sport Communications course. You will also develop your own sporting event to be produced on campus and marketed to the campus community. You will publically debate sport ethics matters in the Sport Ethics course.
Internship - Upon satisfactory completion of all coursework, you will qualify for a 12-credit internship. The final semester of the program requires you to work in an internship program at a sport business of your choice. You will work a minimum of 16 weeks for 40 hours per week, culminating in a 640-hour internship experience. Once you have successfully completed the internship, the degree requirements are satisfied for graduation, and you will immediately become available for employment. Some of our interns have even been hired prior to completing their internship.
Sport Management Department faculty members are highly credentialed and qualified, steeped in diverse industry experience and research backgrounds. The entire group shares a combined 159 years of marketplace experience in the sport profession in the areas of collegiate athletics, YMCA and private sport facility management, aquatics and fitness programming and management, coaching and athletic training, legal and business consulting, and research.
Furthermore, the faculty remain committed to the sport profession, staying abreast of current and relevant industry issues and standards, which allows them improved student advising, enhanced industry-relevant projects, more realistic case examples in class, stronger industry connections, and improved networking both locally and nationally. The faculty's diverse marketplace experiences, research interests, and expertise add depth to the program, increase the number of industry contacts for internships and jobs, and create opportunities for the student to work on individual projects with a faculty member in his or her area of expertise.
Finally, the Sport Management Department faculty members remain committed to their faith and demonstrate a strong sense of community service and investment into the spiritual lives of their students. All 10 actively serve in their local churches, as well as support a variety of other ministries. From our perspective, the diversity within the faculty represents NGUís dedication and commitment to the sport management program.
- Demonstrate knowledge of business concepts applicable to the sport profession.
- Communicate effectively when presenting to an audience within the sport profession.
- Write a researched response, applying principles of problem-solving to challenges applicable to the sport profession.
- Use knowledge and skills indicative of one who is prepared to enter the workforce within the sport profession.
- Develop and grow in their Christian worldview while studying sport management.