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.

Horry Georgetown Technical College is nationally accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), 7007 College Blvd., Suite 420, Overland Park, Kansas 66211, (913) 339-9356,, for the offering of the Associate Degrees in Accounting, General Business and Administrative Office Technology. Students interested in reviewing the accreditation documents may view them in the Academic Deans' Office.

For more information about HGTC's accreditations, click here.

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

Transfer Opportunities
Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit or or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.


Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
ACC 101 Accounting Principles I 3
BUS 101 Introduction to Business 3
ENG 155 Communications I* 3
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers
CPT 170 Microcomputer Applications  
  TOTAL 12
Second Semester - Spring    
ACC 102 Accounting Principles II 3
ECO 210 Macroeconomics 3
ECO 211 Microeconomics  
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra* 3
MGT 101 Principles of Management 3
MKT 101 Marketing
MKT 135 Customer Service  
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
BUS 121 Business Law I 3
BUS 270 SCWE in Business 3
PSC 201 American Government (or SCFA course) 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
MGT 201 Human Resource Management 3
PSY 103 Human Relations* 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking* 3
  Humanities 3
  TOTAL 12
Fifth Semester - Spring    
BAF 260 Financial Management 3
MGT 150 Fundamentals of Supervision 3
MGT 240 Management Decision Making 3
IDS 201 Leadership Development 3
  TOTAL 12
Electives    6
Choose from ACC 150, ACC 240, BAF 260, BUS 220, BUS 240, CPT 270, MGT 120, MKT 120, MKT 135, MKT 250 or Fire Academy Credits  



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