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2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Business Administration, Open Business Concentration, A.S.

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The Associate degree program in Business Administration provides a foundation in business that will prepare students for direct entry into the workforce or to pursue a baccalaureate degree. The Business Administration curriculum helps students comprehend the underlying business principles and develop the ability to analyze and solve problems faced by managers whether in corporations, small businesses, government agencies or nonprofit organizations.

The program provides an introduction to business and its global connections. It addresses business law and ethics, corporate social responsibility, social enterprise, business planning and development, effective leadership, as well as the fundamentals of accounting, budgeting, and marketing principles. Students also explore the basics of business communication, economic theories and effective forecasting.

Each student builds a business plan relevant to his or her career aspirations that integrates skills and knowledge learned in the various courses. An optional 150-hour internship may be undertaken at the end of the student’s program where classroom experiences will be applied in a real business environment. Wherever possible, the specific business chosen for the internship will reflect the student’s desired career goal.

Open Business Concentration

Students may select any accounting or business electives that fit their respective career goals in business.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates of the Associate of Science in Business will be able to:

  1. Students will prepare a business plan, including sections around; executive summary, budget/projections, marketing, and management team. Students will be able to explain the importance of all aspects of the business plan.
  2. Students will be able to communicate concisely, articulately, and professionally in writing and verbally about various aspects of business, including the importance of a business plan and it’s sections, financial information, management and leadership, as well as marketing. Students will be able to display through communication understanding of these aspects within business.
  3. Students will be able to evaluate external factors affecting business; local, regional, national, and global. Students will be able identify external factors influencing the business environment.
  4. Students will be able to identify critical data to aide in business decision making. Students will be able to acquire and summarize business data for decision making.
  5. Students will be able to differentiate between what is meant by leadership versus management. Students will be able to apply leadership and management principles in a business environment. Students will be able to realize the importance considering all stakeholders in business decisions.
  6. Students will be able to determine and explain the importance of corporate social responsibility and ethics in the business environment.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all graduation requirements as stated in the catalog. In addition, students must maintain a GPA of 2.3 in the major.


General Education Requirements - 21-22 Credits

  • Credit(s): 3
  • ENG 1XX - English Elective Credit(s): 3
  • MATH 1XX - Mathematics (MATH) Credit(s): 3
  • Science (BIO, CHEM, SCI) Credit(s): 3-4
  • Social Science (PSY or SOC) Credit(s): 3
  • Humanities (HIS, PHIL, SPAN, HUM) Credit(s): 3
  • General Education Elective Credit(s): 3 **


**Elective credits may be from any General Education course, unless directed by the Program. General Education courses contain the following prefixes: ENG, MATH, STAT, CAP, COM, BIO, CHEM, SCI, HIS, HUM, PHIL, SPAN, PSY, and SOC.

Non Major Core Requirements - 3 Credits

Business Major Core Requirements - 24 Credits

Sophomore Year

Electives - 3 Credits

  • BUS 1XX - Elective Credit(s): 3
  • ACC 1XX - Accounting Elective Credit(s): 3

Directed elective courses may be taken in Business (BUS), Accounting (ACC), Economics (ECN), Management and Leadership (OS), or Manufacuring (BMM) at the appropriate levels.

Total Credits in the Program 60-61

Business Administration Open Concentration - 12 Credits

Students may select any Accounting, Business, or Management & Leadership elective that fits that respective career goal in business. These courses may come from ACC, BUS, ECN, OS, or BMM at the appropriate level.

Freshman Year

  • 1XX Elective Credit(s): 6

Sophomore Year

  • 2XX Elective Credit(s): 6

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