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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Charlton College of Business

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The Earle P Charlton College of Business serves three distinct and important stakeholders: undergraduate and graduate majors, students from other academic units in the university and the broader professional and business community.

The Charlton College offers five undergraduate programs in business, all leading to the Bachelor of Science degree. These programs are designed to prepare the graduate for careers in administration, research and teaching; or for graduate study. The College also offers the Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

The College also offers a minor in Business Administration that helps non-business majors acquire an understanding of business essentials. Business majors may add a Certificate in International Business.

Students in the Charlton College of Business engage in projects and case studies that involve all business areas: accounting, finance, human resource management, management information systems, operations management and marketing. Each student’s studies combine real breadth through courses in arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences; and foundation knowledge through studies in accounting, behavioral science, economics, mathematics, statistics and oral and written communication with the advanced specialization of a major field. Students also gain an understanding of ethical and global issues; political, social, legal, environmental and technological issues; and the impact of diversity on organizations.

The Charlton College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business).

College Mission Statement

The Earle P Charlton College of Business provides a strong basic business education that challenges students and meets the needs of the southeastern Massachusetts business community and beyond. Grounded in excellent general education programs, the college provides quality undergraduate programs in Accounting, Management Information Systems, Finance, Management, and Marketing. The MBA program provides continuing leadership education for the region and beyond. The college encourages students to be lifelong learners through faculty commitment to scholarly endeavor and active involvement in the business profession and community.

The purpose of our business programs is to instill in our students a knowledge of the best business practices; ethical questions; and the influence of environmental, legal, regulatory, political, social, global, and technological factors on the success of organizational activities.

Earle P Charlton

At its February 1997 meeting, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted to name the College of Business at UMass Dartmouth the Earle P Charlton College of Business. The name honors Earle P Charlton, a co-founder of the F W Woolworth Company, who began his retail empire in 1890 in Fall River, Massachusetts and acknowledges a substantial gift to the College by the Charlton Charitable Trust. The gift has enabled UMass Dartmouth to construct for the Charlton College a separate building, which opened in Fall 2005.

In the words of his grandson, Earle P Charlton II, “This is the American Dream. My grandfather started with nothing and built an empire of 53 stores across New England to the Pacific Coast and in Canada. He was an inspiration to me, my hero. He wanted to make a difference in the world.”

The gift acknowledges a strong belief in the value of public education in our society and in the importance of private support for it. His grandfather “never had the opportunity to go to college,” explains Earle P Charlton II, yet “I know he would be extremely proud to give to these students … the opportunity to get the education he missed.”


The Charlton College of Business is accredited by AACSB International (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). The College is also a member of this organization.

Graduate Program

An MBA program is offered by the Earle P Charlton College of Business. See the Graduate Catalogue for graduate general and program requirements.

General Requirements for Undergraduate Programs 

Transfer of Community and Junior College Credit

Generally, lower-level business course credits (first and second year courses) can be transferred from junior and community colleges, assuming the course work is comparable to that offered at UMass Dartmouth. All transfer credits to apply toward the degree are given at the discretion of the College.

The following courses from Bristol Community College will be accepted as equivalent to the following UMass Dartmouth courses:

Bristol Community College: UMass Dartmouth:
MAN 11 Principles of Management    MGT 311 Organizational Behavior
ACC 11, 12     Accounting I, II ACT 211, 212    Accounting I , II
BUS 51 Business Law MGT 312 Legal Framework Business
BUS 53 Corporation Finance FIN 312 Financial Management
MAR 11 Principles of Marketing MKT 211 Principles of Marketing
MTH 51, 52 Statistics MGT 212 Business Statistics

Comparable courses from other community colleges will also be accepted as equivalent to these UMass Dartmouth courses.

Transfer students from community colleges must comply with the university requirement to complete at least 60 credits at UMass Dartmouth; furthermore, a student needs to complete at least 30 credits of upper-level business courses at UMass Dartmouth. Business elective courses taken at the 100 or 200 level cannot be transferred for upper-division business elective credit, nor can they be transferred as non-business electives.

Change of Major to Business

Students will be admitted to the college if they meet one of the following two criteria:

They must have a GPA of 2.5 or higher after earning a minimum of 24 credit  hours or they must be in overall good academic standing in their current major and have a GPA of 2.7 or higher in the following core business courses:

and one of the following:

Non-Business majors are prohibited by AACSB from taking more than 21 credit hours of business courses. In addition, Non-Business majors may not take 300/400 level courses within any of the business majors without permission of the office of the Dean of the Charlton College of Business. Non-Business majors with more than 21 credit hours will be dis-enrolled from all business courses.

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