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The School of Business at the College of Charleston remains a top competitor in the world of higher education. The School’s international business undergraduate program earned the No. 2 spot on the list, Best Colleges for International Business Degree Programs, preceding Georgetown University and the University of South Carolina.

The four-year colleges on the list were ranked based on a variety of factors including accessibility, graduation rate, size of program and student-to-faculty ratio. One of only a few international business degree programs in the Southeast, the nationally renowned program provides students with a multi-dimensional and applied-learning perspective. International business students at the College have one-of-a-kind resources available to them including the Global Resource Center and instruction from world-class faculty who helped the School rank No. 1 in the world for the most Certified Global Business Professionals.

“This recognition exemplifies the dynamic global learning programming we have here at the School of Business,” says Alan T Shao, dean of the School of Business. “It is also a culmination of our faculty’s dedication to preparing ready-to-work business leaders of tomorrow for a global market, and our students’ commitment to excellence.”

Students in the program must minor in a foreign language, regional or global area of study. Additionally, they must study abroad for some portion of their degree. Upon completing the program, graduates are able to successfully navigate a globally competitive business world.

The College of Charleston School of Business has more than 3,000 students enrolled in ready-to-work programs including nine undergraduate majors, 10 minors and six concentration areas, an Honors Program in Business, and master’s programs in business and accountancy. The School of Business is recognized among the top 30 colleges for studying business abroad by the Business Research Guide. It has several Centers of Excellence and initiatives that support specific industries, conduct research and help to strengthen ties with the global business community. The Centers and initiatives also advance the educational experience and understanding of business students in a variety of specialty areas, including real estate, entrepreneurship, global business, economics and tourism.

To learn more about our students’ achievements, undergraduate and graduate programs, faculty and Centers of Excellence, please visit


Renowned entrepreneur and South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce chairman, Stephen Gilchrist, stopped by the School of Business on Wednesday, Nov. 15 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Gilchrist, a Greenwood, South Carolina native, spoke with students about his journey to success as the founder and CEO of GSL Distributors and shared some advice with the aspiring young entrepreneurs. Here are his top tips:

  1. Find something you love and stick to it. Do something that excites you – something that makes it easy to wake up on a Monday morning.
  2. Always begin with the end in mind. It’s best to have a good idea of what your finished product will look like before you dive into a challenge.
  3. Forget about networking – make friends with everyone you meet. Friends will take you places networking can’t.
  4. Avoid setting “safe” goals. Challenge and push yourself beyond your wildest expectations.
  5. Pay attention in class. Last but not least – listen to your professors! The practical insight and experience your professors have to offer will save your life in the real world. Though sometimes, what you’re learning may only seem applicable in the classroom, that is often never the case.

Want to hear more from Gilchrist’s talk? Check out the video below!





The numbers are in, and the Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTMT) program in the College of Charleston School of Business has further established itself as a national and global leader in its field.

Recently, ShanghaiRanking named the College a top institution (51st in the world) for HTMT in the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities.

The program is also ranked in the nation’s top 25, situating the school in the company of Penn State, Purdue, and Virginia Tech.

Hailed as a program that takes a practical approach to real industry dilemmas, the School’s HTMT faculty provide students with the opportunity to explore the many facets of hospitality in Charleston — Travel + Leisure’s No. 1 City in the United States and Canada.

Notably, the program earned a high Citation Impact score, reigning in at 18th place globally, and 4th place nationally. The score, calculated based on the quantity and quality of the program’s research output, takes into account how often the research is utilized and cited by others in academia and beyond.

Additionally, the program made the Top Journals list, tying for 50th place in the world, and 15th place in the U.S. The Top Journals ranking signifies the volume and quality of journalistic papers produced in the program.

HTMT faculty publish research in a variety of industry publications such as the International Journal of Contemporary Hospitality Management and the Journal of Vacation Marketing.

Out of the U.S. schools that have hospitality and tourism departments, the College ranks No. 4 behind Cornell University, Virginia Tech and Washington State University.

To view the full list of the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities, click here.

With six academic departments and more than 25 major combinations, the School of Business is a force to be reckoned with, according to Princeton Review’s 2018 “Great Schools List.”

Every year, The Princeton Review curates a list of the most outstanding schools for 20 of the highest-enrolled undergraduate majors. Princeton researchers analyze several variables including academic rigor, demographics and life on campus to identify the best institutions offering these majors.

This year for their “Great Schools for 20 of the Most Popular Undergraduate Majors” list, the School of Business at the College of Charleston made the cut for accounting and business.

In addition to these majors, the College of Charleston School of Business offers seven other undergraduate majors, an honors program, 10 interdisciplinary minors, six areas of concentration, a Master of Science in Accountancy and a one-year MBA program.

The School boasts academic programs that prepare socially responsible, ready-to-work professionals and world-class faculty dedicated to teaching excellence — and the College at large shares this commitment.

According to The Princeton Review, the College is “the perfect mix of urban and small town,” and “is a place where everyone’s unique [talent] or interest can shine through and be fostered for growth.”

The Review ranks the College No. 18 in the nation on the list of schools in the “Best Career Services” category; No. 14 in “The Best College Cities” category and No. 17 for “Most Politically Active Students.”

The College was also listed as a top-notch school to attend for our biology and communication programs as well.

The list rankings prove that the oldest municipal college in America, and the Palmetto State as a whole, remains a relevant and competitive powerhouse in higher education.

On Friday, Nov. 17, the School of Business Carter Real Estate Center will recognize its first Real Estate Entrepreneur of the Year: founder, chairman and CEO of Greystar, Bob Faith.

Under Faith’s leadership, Greystar has nearly tripled in size. What started as a small operation with a few people on board, has grown into a major global real estate company.

Among the company’s many accolades are its statuses as the largest apartment manager in the nation and largest multifamily manager in the world.

Before launching Greystar, Faith co-founded Starwood Capital Group and founded Homegate Hospitality. He also served as the South Carolina Secretary of Commerce from 2002 to 2006.

Faith received his bachelor of science in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma and his masters in business administration from Harvard Business School.

The Greystar CEO will be joined by other local innovators at the event, including owner and president of Baker Motor Company, Tommy Baker. Baker will kick off the evening with a keynote speech addressing how entrepreneurship can effect positive change within the real estate community in Charleston and around the world.

Baker Motor Company, which was started more than 25 years ago, is Charleston’s largest automotive dealership with more than 20 locations on the peninsula.

The event begins at 4 p.m. and will be held in the Wells Fargo Auditorium of the Beatty Center at the School of Business. Click here to RSVP.


Alumni of the College of Charleston School of Business Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology (ICAT) will attend the largest technology conference in the world this November. With more than 60,000 professionals in attendance, Web Summit 2017 connects leaders in technology with up-and-comers in the industry, including the members of the Jyve team.

Music booking tool and app Jyve was created by a team of students enrolled in the ICAT program in 2015. Jyve chief executive officer and founder, Brandon Brooks ‘15, majored in music as well as business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. The Jyve app takes a revolutionary approach to the musical experience, seamlessly connecting artists, venues and fans. William Bragunier ‘16 and  Michael Buhler ‘19, serve as the chief marketing officer and chief financial officer, respectively. You can find their app in the app store on your iPhone or Android device.

“I’d say the most valuable advice I learned from ICAT program is how important it is to question everything. Also, the Jyve team learned how to conduct extensive market research, which has truly played a role in our success as a small tech startup”, Brooks tells us of his time as an ICAT student here at The College.

Web Summit started in 2010 as a way to connect the technology community with rest of the world. Now, it features over 1,000 speakers from more than 160 different countries, representing the intersection between the tech and business world. It’s also where big names such as Uber, the popular ride-sharing service, got its start back in 2011. Speakers include Sean Rad, creator of every twenty-something’s favorite app, Tinder; Caitlyn Jenner, olympian turned reality television star; and David Karp, founder of microblogging site, tumblr.

The Jyve creators will enjoy four days of star-studded experiences, exploring new and creative ways to make their mark on the tech world.

Brooks says he’s “looking forward to catching up with Jared Grusd, CEO of Huffington Post, who was one of the judges for the pitch competition” they competed in. He’s also excited to hear from Stewart Butterfield, founder and CEO of Slack, and one of his idols Ryan Leslie, artist, and founder and CEO of SuperPhone.

ICAT is housed in the School of Business’ Center for Entrepreneurship, and is a collaboration  with the Office of Economic Development. The program teaches students the benefits of incorporating technology into their entrepreneurial and startup endeavors, utilizing Scrum framework. Scrum is the world’s leading development methodology, and is used by some of the most successful businesses.


As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, Cougars and faculty at the School of Business have one thing on their minds other than turkey – Global Entrepreneurship Week.

The Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEW) initiative, while just nine years old, has truly made its mark on the business world. Its founders work with partners from more than 170 different countries, collaborating to create events that connect novice, veteran and aspiring entrepreneurs with one another.

The College of Charleston will join the initiative with a week packed full of lectures and networking events for students, faculty and the community. Featured guests include: former CEO of People Matter, Nate DaPore; impact entrepreneurship expert, Stuart Williams; and chairman of the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce, Stephen Gilchrist  among several other distinguished innovators.

For a full list of speakers and events, check out the lineup below.

The Story of Jyve: From Entrepreneurship Classroom to Tech Startup

Monday, Nov. 13, 2-3 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium

Join Brandon Brooks ’15, Will Bragunier ’16, Shannon Caulk ’17 and Michael Buhler ’18 as they talk about their journey as young entrepreneurs, highlighting how they came up with a platform that helps musicians gain visibility and venues discover new talent. RSVP here.

Regional Economic Development in Charleston

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Tate 207

Cougars are invited to join Frank Hefner, Ph.D, Peter Calcagno Ph.D, and Steven Dykes on Tuesday for a panel discussion focusing on regional economic development on the peninsula and the greater Charleston area. The event is cosponsored by the Center for Public Choice and Market Process. A light reception will follow. RSVP here.

Skin in the Game: A Discussion on Race and Entrepreneurship in America

Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2-3:15 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium

This year’s George G. Spaulding Series Distinguished Speaker is Stephen Gilchrist, chairman of the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce. Gilchrist will facilitate a discussion on race and entrepreneurship in America, highlighting the obstacles facing many minority small business owners. The Spaulding Distinguished Executive Speaker Series was established in 1995 by the late George G. Spaulding, former General Motors executive, Post & Courier columnist and the first Executive-in-Residence at the School of Business. RSVP here. Please note, an RSVP is required for this event.

Business of Water Special Guest Luncheon

Friday, Nov. 17, 12-1:30 p.m, in Tate 202

South Carolina Ports Authority permit manager, Mark Messersmith; impact investing expert and School of Business Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Stuart Williams; and chief of the Vessel Security Division at the United States Coast Guard, Marine Safety Center, LT. J.B. Zorn will come together for a lively discussion on water and its impact on local, national and international communities from an economic and social perspective. Invitation only.

The College of Charleston School of Business Center for Public Choice and Market Process is partnering with the College’s Russian Club for a joint discussion on communism led by the executive director of The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation (VCMF), Marion Smith.

Executive director of VCMF, Marion Smith

The Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation focuses its efforts on eradicating and combatting communism through educating the public about the history of its ideology.

Smith, a South Carolina native and chairman of The National Civic Art Society, is also president of the Common Sense Society (CSS). With a multinational presence in the United States and several European countries, the non-partisan organization strives to promote reasoned dialogue, rather than polarizing, politically charged debates.

You can find several of Smith’s articles in USA Today, The Hill, The Washington Post, The National Review, The Weekly Standard and many other publications.

Smith attributes more than political polarization to the skewed ideology of communism. One in five people are still living under communist regimes, and over the past 100 years, the social system has claimed more than one hundred million victims – one fifth of the world’s population.

During the lecture, Smith will focus on the threat communism poses to the very premise of democracy in the Western world and beyond. He believes the ideology is an attack on humanity, proven time after time to be counterproductive in all spheres of social, economic and cultural life.

To join in on the discussion, head over to Tate Center, Room 202, on October 19 at 5:30 p.m., in the School of Business.

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