May 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022) 
2021-2022 Academic Catalog (Revised Spring 2022)

Business Studies, A.A.

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The Associate of Arts in Business Studies (AA-Bus) degree prepares students to seek entry-level managerial positions or to continue on into the B.A. Communication and Entrepreneurial Leadership program or transfer into a B.A. Business program at another institution. Through our unique hands-on approach to business studies, which includes a required internship, students develop a basic knowledge of business needed for an entry-level administrative support or managerial position.

Graduates in this program should be able to demonstrate abilities in four categories:

Business Fundamentals

  • Describe how the U.S. business system is organized
  • Distinguish the ways business influences change

Leadership Skills

  • Apply management principles to achieve organizational goals
  • Apply management concepts to achieve organizational objectives
  • Use interpersonal skills to interact as a team
  • Demonstrate decision making skills

Basic Marketing Theory

  • Describe the marketing function in U.S. business
  • Demonstrate consumer and business decision making

Quantitative Reasoning

  • Explain Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Relate financial principles to business and personal decision making
  • Apply micro- and macroeconomic principles to business and human behavior

Program Requirements:

To earn the A.A. in Business Studies degree, students must complete 61 credits:

  • 27 major required courses
    • 15 major required credits
    • 12 major required credits that also count toward general education,
  • 19 additional credits to complete the general education requirements, 
  • 15 open electives

Major Requirements: 21 credits

12 credits also fulfill general education requirements

General Education Requirements: 19 credits

General Education Requirements: 19 credits

Open Electives: 15 credits

15 credits any level


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