Business Technology

General Business, Public Service Administration Emphasis - Associate in Applied Science

This program prepares students for career advancement in Public Service Administration.  Under a statewide agreement, HGTC will award credit for courses successfully completed through the SC Fire Academy (SCFA) or National Fire Academy (NFA). These courses must be listed on an official transcript provided by SCFA/NFA to the HGTC Admissions Office. Credit will be awarded only for courses that meet American Council on Education recommendations and that reflect a transcript grade and a final examination. Credit is awarded on the basis of one half (.5) credit for every 15 contact hours, up to a maximum of 18 credit hours. The transfer agreement is with the University of Memphis. 

For employees in Municipal Government this program will prepare you for prospective management positions in a variety of areas.     With extensive training in business, management, organization, and accounting you will leave the program well-rounded and ready for the next phase of your career. 

In addition to the traditional classroom delivery of instruction, the HGTC Business department is a college leader offering many courses online that can be taken via the Internet.  

For more information, contact:

Candace Howell (843) 349-7132

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Career Outlook

Public Service Administration graduates are highly-sought after employees, with skills that qualify them to promote within their current departments.  Employment opportunities can be found in the following fields:

  • Fire Service Field – This program will aide in the following promotional process:
    • From Firefighter to Lieutenant
    • Lieutenant to Captain
    • Captain to Battalion Chief and beyond
  • Government agencies & Municipal Government Departments
    • Finance Office
    • Office of Public Information
    • Auditors Office
    • Assessor’s Office
    • Airports Division
    • Budget Office
    • Communications Office

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ACC 101 * Accounting Principles I 3
ACC 111/112 Accounting Concepts I, II  
BUS 101 Introduction to Business 3
ENG 155 Communications I 3
ENG 101 * English Composition  
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications  
Second Semester - Spring    
ECO 210 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 211 Microeconomics  
MAT 101 * Beginning Algebra 3
MAT 110/120 * College Algebra/Probability & Statistices  
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MKT 101 Marketing 3
MKT 135 Customer Service  
Third Semester - Summer    
ACC 102  Accounting Principles II 3
BUS 121 Business Law I 3
PSC 201 American Government (or SCFA course) 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
BUS 220 Business Ethics 3
MGT 201 Human Resource Management 3
PSY 103 * Human Relations 3
SPC 205 * Public Speaking 3
Fifth Semester - Spring    
BAF 260 Financial Management 3
BUS 240 Business Statistics 3
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision 3
IDS 201 Leadership Development 3
  Humanities 3
  Fire Academy Credits 15-18



*For transfer to senior institutions, students should select the following transfer courses: ENG 101 and SPC 205 for ENG 155; MAT 110 or 120 for MAT 101; PSY 201 for PSY 103.