The Bachelor of Arts in Business focuses on producing well-rounded graduates who possess knowledge from a variety of disciplines, a solid understanding of business principles, and critical thinking skills. Students will study a core curriculum of management, marketing, law, finance, accounting, and economics, while having the flexibility to apply previously earned course credits and select elective courses from within the School of Business that meet personal interests and goals. This business program is designed to provide flexibility and affordability, and is applicable for careers in any number of business, government, military, or other professions.

This program offers the opportunity to learn from experienced instructors who have considerable managerial experience in Fortune 500 companies, and to communicate with fellow business students by participating in online community forums. This degree has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Discuss economic factors associated with government, business, and consumer environments and apply theoretical techniques to analyze markets.
  • Apply concepts of contract, tort, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), and property law to business situations.

  • Articulate the external and internal environments of a business organization and formulate appropriate strategies in the context of competitive forces and environmental factors.

  • Collect information through the use of various data tools and apply critical thinking concepts to enhance business problem solving capabilities.

  • Practice quantitative skills necessary in business organizations through work in accounting, finance, and statistics.

  • Integrate market and marketing information into a strategic plan.

  • Explain and apply fundamental accounting and financial management operations to enhance business decision making processes.

  • Apply management, human resource, and personnel practices to organizational problem solving.

General Education Requirements30
Major Required27
Final Program Requirements3
Elective Requirements60
Total Semester Hours120

Degree Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (30 semester hours)

Arts and Humanities (6 semester hours) 1
Select 2 courses from the following:6
Art Appreciation
Film and Literature
Image Enhancement using Adobe Photoshop
World Literature through the Renaissance
World Literature since the Renaissance
English Literature: Beowulf to18th Century
English Literature: 18th Century to Present
American Literature before The Civil War
American Literature from The Civil War to Present
Arabic I
Arabic II
French I
French II
German I
German II
Introduction to Japanese
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Philosophy
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Introduction to Brazilian Portuguese
Introduction to World Religions
Russian I
Spanish I
Spanish II
Civics, Political and Social Sciences (6 semester hours) 1
Select 1 course from the following:3
Microeconomics for Business
Macroeconomics for Business
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Anthropology
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Human Sexuality
Social Media and Society
Intercultural Communication
Humane Education: A Global Interdisciplinary Perspective
Introduction to Geography
Practical Food Safety and Awareness
International Relations I
Contemporary World Culture Through Literature
Cultural Diversity in Contemporary American Literature
American Government I
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
American Popular Culture
Communication: Writing, Oral, and Multimedia (9 semester hours)
COMM120Information and Digital Literacy3
ENGL110Making Writing Relevant3
ENGL225Business Writing3
Select 1 course from the following:3
American History to 1877
American History since 1877
World Civilization before 1650
World Civilization since 1650
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
African-American History before 1877
African-American History since 1877
History of the American Indian
History of Science
Mathematics and Applied Reasoning (3 semester hours)
MATH110College Algebra3
Natural Sciences (3 semester hours)
Select 1 course from the following:3
Introduction to Biology
Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology
Introduction to Chemistry
Introduction to Meteorology
Introduction to Geology
Introduction to Environmental Science
Introduction to Physics
Introduction to Astronomy
Total Semester Hours30

Major Required (27 semester hours)

MGMT101Principles of Supervision3
BUSN100Basics of Business3
ACCT105Accounting for Non Accounting Majors3
BUSN235Personal Finance3
MKTG201Fundamentals of Marketing3
BUSN311Law and Ethics in the Business Environment3
FINC300Foundations of Financial Management3
BUSN410Critical Thinking Strategies for Business Decisions3
Total Semester Hours27

Final  Program Requirements (3 semester hours)

BUSN499Senior Seminar in Business Administration 13
Total Semester Hours3

Elective Requirements (60 semester hours)

Students must select 18 semester hours from the following prefixes: ACCT, ANLY, BUSN, DEFM, ECON,ENTR,  FINC, HOSP, HRMT, MGMT, MKTG, RLMT, RTMG, and TLMT. Select remaining semester hours from any courses that have not been used to fulfill other program requirements.