Programs of Study

Why study business at Lander?

As globalization rapidly impacts business and economic institutions, graduates face a challenging environment; however, there are excellent opportunities available to the individual prepared to work cooperatively.

The mission of Lander’s College of Business is to prepare students to take their places in the business world and in organizations that require business skills. With a comprehensive curriculum, supplemented by numerous opportunities outside the classroom, our graduates have the experience and expertise to be leaders and entrepreneurs in today’s complex – and continually evolving – business environment.

Did you know …

  • Faculty are actively involved in the advisement process.
  • Lander Professional Business Society offers leadership opportunities, social events and an exciting array of educational programs for our business students.
  • The department sponsors annual honors and scholarship luncheons to recognize outstanding business students.
  • Lander’s College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The AACSB’s mission is to advance quality management education worldwide through accreditation and thought leadership. AACSB accreditation is the mark of quality distinction most widely sought after by business schools – less than 5 percent worldwide have earned the achievement.

The business curriculum

Business majors meet lower-level business requirements in their freshman and sophomore years. Your studies will be balanced with a broad range of courses in the liberal arts. The junior and senior years will focus on business studies in one of four emphasis areas offered by the department:

Accounting Emphasis

Students selecting the emphasis in accounting are required to take six specified courses and at least two selective courses. The selective courses may be chosen based on the student’s interest areas in accounting.

Students who graduate with an accounting emphasis should meet the qualifications to sit for the CPA exam in South Carolina; however, to be licensed as a CPA in South Carolina, 150 semester hours of education are required. The 150-hour requirement must include 36 hours of accounting with 24 of these hours at the 300 level or above. Business courses totaling 36 hours are also required as part of the 150 hours. Lander University students may meet the 150-hour requirement by completing the baccalaureate degree requirements at Lander (approximately 126 semester hours) plus additional credit hours sufficient to meet the 150-hour requirements. For more details, students should see their academic advisors. Also, please note that CPA licensing requirements vary from state to state, and students planning to practice outside of South Carolina should check with the Boards of Accountancy in the appropriate states

The 150 hour requirement does not apply to accounting students who pursue careers that do not require the CPA license.

Financial Services Emphasis

The objective of the Financial Services and Markets emphasis is to build a broad based program for undergraduate students that include studies in Community Banking; Insurance and Risk Management; Investments and Wealth Management; and Real Estate Management and Development. The curriculum is being designed to give the student a solid foundation in the industry segment and built with insights of subject matter professors, respected practicing professionals and representative industry groups. Leveraging off of anticipated growth in employment opportunities in the financial services businesses the program graduates are anticipated to become industry professionals and leaders for the 21st century in the industry segment. 

Health Care Management Emphasis

The purpose of the health care management emphasis is to integrate the fundamentals of business administration with a comprehensive knowledge of the U.S. health care delivery system. The emphasis is designed to enable students to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to be successfully employed by various healthcare service organizations.

Management/Marketing Emphasis

The management/marketing emphasis focuses on the ways in which organizational objectives are developed, implemented, and changed and on those processes that add value for stakeholders. Management courses emphasize decision-making skills and the selection, motivation, and development of human resources. Marketing courses focus on the ways an organization can meet customer needs through product development and distribution and through promotional and pricing strategies.

Each emphasis is designed to provide a strong foundation in preparation for your first job. Woven into the fabric of all our business courses are topics relating to business ethics, innovation and international aspects of business.

Health Care Management Certificate

This certificate program is designed primarily for health care professionals who are interested in management positions in health care organizations and have not had formal education in health care management. Click here for more information.

Learn More

For more information, checkout the University Catalog, or follow one of the links below:


  • BS in Business Administration, Accounting Emphasis
  • BS in Business Administration, Financial Services Emphasis
  • BS in Business Administration, Health Care Management Emphasis
  • BS in Business Administration, Management/Marketing Emphasis
  • Minors available in business administration, health care management, and international business
  • Certificate available in Health Care Management

For full degree requirements, program goals and more, visit the department's section of the university catalog.