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Major & Course Fee

Keeping pace with change is critical for success in the 21st century. CBBS graduates must be prepared with more than just access to the latest technology and course content. They need courses that fully develop their leadership, decision-making and critical-thinking skills. They also need an academic foundation to make effective and ethical decisions in their chosen profession.

We want our students to have a top-20 college experience and graduate to pursue outstanding careers. To accomplish this, we have designed the entire CBBS experience to increase our students’ success in highly competitive job markets. Similar to fellow top-tier universities, this goal is partially supported by a Major and Course Fee that funds infrastructure and program enhancements that benefit all CBBS majors, as well as non-majors in upper-level CBBS courses.

Enhancements include additional top-tier faculty to ensure more sections of upper-level CBBS courses and smaller average class sizes. The ability to offer more sections allows us to guarantee that our majors get all the required courses they need for a timely graduation while maintaining the high quality of these courses. Benefit programs offered through our Office of Student Enrichment provide leadership and professional development opportunities to give our students a competitive edge.

Fee Assessment

  • A Major Fee of $1,000 per semester — capped at $4,000 cumulative — is assessed for all full-time CBBS majors who are considered junior or senior status in terms of credit hours.
  • A Course Fee of $100 per credit hour — capped at $1,000 per semester (10 credit hours) — is assessed for all other students taking CBBS 3000- and 4000-level courses. This applies to majors who are freshmen or sophomores, non-CBBS majors and part-time majors.

Fee Benefits

  • Exclusive internship opportunities are available for CBBS juniors and seniors.
  • Corporate recruiters are brought to campus to interact with students.
  • Professional development events and activities afford students a competitive edge upon graduation.
  • Select students earn certification in our I LEAD! leadership training program.
  • Students can travel to present their research at national conferences.
  • Students can apply for financial aid to make their study abroad trips possible.
  • Students are able to participate in college and department-level national and international competitions, trade conferences, educational trips, research presentations and classes including the Business Management Strategy Challenge, Gateways to World Markets class (trip to NYC), Washington D.C. trips to meet with government officials, NYC organized crime tour, South Carolina Student Legislature, and LSAT preparation, just to name a few.
  • More sections of CBBS 3000- and 4000- level classes are available.
  • Average class sizes across the college are smaller, especially in upper-level CBBS courses.
  • Dedicated advisers guide progress of CBBS juniors and seniors and ensure students stay on track to graduate on time.

Fee-Funded Programs

The following breakdown serves as an example of how the funds are utilized for student programs within a given academic year. In 2012-13, $500,000 from the CBBS fee was distributed as follows:

  • $120,000 to the Office for Student Enrichment, which offers mentorship, leadership, internship, study abroad, and professional development opportunities for students
  • $30,000 to travel aid for 55 CBBS majors for their study abroad experiences
  • $350,000 to various student needs within individual departments — from sending students to national conferences to bringing CBBS-specific corporate recruiters to campus

Fee Funding Process

At the beginning of the fall semester, CBBS departments fill out a funds proposal form. The Fee Committee, which is composed of two CBBS faculty members and two CBBS students, determines how funds will be distributed based upon the proposals submitted by the departments. All four committee members must agree unanimously with the purpose of the project, the student benefit from the project, and the associated project cost. Once determined, the Fee Committee notifies the departments and provides the funding for the approved projects.

All benefit funding from the major and course fee is utilized within the same academic year; in other words, students benefit directly from the fee they pay.

Contact Us

If you have additional questions about the programs and opportunities provided by the fee, please contact:

Dr. Kinly Sturkie
Associate Dean, Academic Affairs
170 Sirrine Hall

If a student changes from a non-CBBS major to a CBBS major on or before the “Last day to drop a class or withdraw from the University without a final grade” in any semester, they will receive a bill for the CBBS major fee for that semester. Please see the University Academic Calendar for the specific date each semester.

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