SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – An Upstate college is about to start offering the first four-year degrees in the school’s century-long history.
Federal regulators have signed off on Spartanburg Methodist College’s first bachelors degrees.
The school said they got their final approval from the Department of Education this month, but said the have been working towards it for nearly 30 years.
“Over 80 percent of our students were graduating from 4-year institutions, so we felt it was an opportunity to continue to serve our mission and to continue to serve Spartanburg and South Carolina by continuing to educate students for all four years,” Courtney Shelton, vice president of Professional Development and Design for Spartanburg Methodist College, said.
SMC said it expects up to 50 students will comprise the first-ever junior class this fall.
The new degrees will be in business, English, history and religion.
The college worked with local businesses to develop a curriculum tailored to landing jobs after graduation.