DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
The Associate of Arts in Business Administration provides exposure to general education and business fundamentals. The program prepares students for entry level positions in industry and government. The Associate of Arts in Business Administration is a degree option for students who desire only two years of college study. The program also prepares students for entry into baccalaureate degree programs.
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This program has been designed in consultation with industry business leaders and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).
Students who successfully complete the Associate of Arts in Business Administration accomplish the following objectives:
Graduates with business degrees are well prepared to pursue a variety of different careers because of their diversified skill set. Business degrees focus on a broad range of functions such as entrepreneurship, management, human resources, marketing, financial analysis, and basic accounting. Business principles can be applied across industries and can lead to careers in government, healthcare, commerce, information technology, and many others. Graduates with business degrees possess practical knowledge that enhances their ability to advance in business and leadership roles in private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
Select a program below to learn more about faculty recommended resources for exploring career paths, employment websites, professional affiliations, virtual communities, conferences and much more.
Useful Skills Within the Business Administration Field
Decision Making - Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
Mathematics - Using mathematics and/or statistics to solve problems.
Problem Solving - Ability to identify a problem, review related information, develop and evaluate options, and implement a solution.
Reasoning - Using logic to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Listening - Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
Managing Time - Allocating and budgeting your time for different tasks so that things get done when needed.
Reading Comprehension - The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
Communication - Concise writing skills and able to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
Persuasion - Persuading, encouraging and motivating others to accept your ideas.
To identify what education or training is typical for careers within the business field, use the O*Net hyperlinks below and click on “Job Zone.” In addition, seek out the advice of fellow students and alumni working in the industry, using our mentoring program on The Quad (for current students and alumni only) or by speaking with a career coach.
Administrative Services Managers
Loss Prevention Managers
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek B.B.A. and M.B.A. candidates. The list below provides an example of federal position titles and agencies that seek business majors. Clicking on the position title will take you to the corresponding position classification guide provided by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Each position is classified under a series of numbers. For example, the “Business and Industry Group”(PDF) is within the 1100 series. You can narrow down the exact series number based on your interest and search it on USAjobs.gov across hundreds of federal agencies. Click here to see a list of federal positions by major.
Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. There are government organized internship programs that provide students or recent graduates the opportunity of gaining real life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. Searching USAJobs.gov or looking at each agencies' career portal are the best ways to identify potential internship opportunities and their requirements.
The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation, and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up to date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in as a business administration major.
The American Academy of Project Management (AAPM)
The American Finance Association (AFA)
American Management Association (AMA)
American Marketing Association (AMA)
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM)
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP)
Association of Management Consulting Firms (AMCF)
Business Professionals of America (BPA)
Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO)
Financial Executives International (FEI)
Financial Management Association International (FMA)
Financial Managers Society (FMS)
Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA)
Institute of Management Consultants USA (IMC USA)
International Association of Project and Program Management (IAPPM)
National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
Organizational Development Network (ODN)
Project Management Institute (PMI)
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
American Finance Association
Jan. 3-5, 2016
San Francisco, Calif.
Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) Annual Conference
Oct. 18-21, 2015
Organization Development Network Annual Conference
Oct. 17-20, 2015
Society for Human Resource Management 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition
June 28 - July 1, 2015
Las Vegas, Nev.
AMU & APU Business Administration and Management Programs - LinkedIn
American Academy of Project Management (AAPM) - LinkedIn
American Management Association (AMA) - LinkedIn
American Society for the Advancement of Project Management (ASAPM) - LinkedIn
Financial Management Association International (FMA) - LinkedIn
Professional & Organizational Development Network in Higher Education (POD) - LinkedIn
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) - LinkedIn
Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).
Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)
This course is designed to acquaint the student with the terminology, organization, and function of the American business system. The course will give the student a broad background about the contemporary American and global business environments as well as considering different business organizations, management principles and strategies. Topics covered include marketing, finance, personnel, customer relations, production and operations, e-business, world trade ventures, internal information systems and decision-making processes.
This course teaches students how to communicate professionally in the business community. It emphasizes business language and style. Included in the course are exercises that instruct students how to write clear, well-structured, effective letters, bulletins, e-mails, instructions, memos, manuals, reports, and other business writing. (Prerequisite: ENGL101).
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
This course provides a basic overview of supervision in the workplace including the supervisor's role in management. The course explores goal setting, problem solving, staffing and the training and development of employees. Other topics covered include the Human Resource Professional's role in leading the workforce, effective communications and stimulating improved quality management within the organization. The course is designed as a practical guide for the supervisor or manager and provides key leadership concepts and skills to improve quality standards and achieve established goals within the organization, ultimately improving working relationships, and spurring the organization on to greater productivity and success. (Prerequisite: ENGL101)
Pre Reqs: Proficiency in Writing(ENGL101)
This course is a comprehensive survey of marketing activities and the function of marketing. The course will familiarize the student with the scope, terminology, and procedures of marketing. Course topics include the analysis of markets, competition, consumer behavior, and the assessment of product, price, distribution, and promotion strategies. Consumer motivation and the diffusion and adoption of new goods and services are studied. The student will complete a marketing plan of his own.
This course is an integrated-based approach to task-based, business problem-solving using various technology solutions such as productivity software products, the Internet, and free applications. Students will be challenged to use appropriate technology skill sets, while also learning additional skills working on real world business projects. Students will complete the course with an e-portfolio of their work, which can in turn be used in the job search process. (Prerequisite: ENGL225 and ITCC111 or ITCC112)
Pre Reqs: Business Writing(ENGL225),Basic Productivity Applications(ITCC111),Advanced Productivity Applications(ITCC112)
This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the word processing application in the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format documents; and use lists, themes, mail merge, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies This course uses the Discover Office 2013 Comprehensive Online courseware that does not require installations on individual computers. Students will participate in an engaging learning experience that aligns with Microsoft’s Exam. The course content maps to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2013 Certification.
This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the electronic spreadsheet application in the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Excel to create and format spreadsheets; they will also manipulate data and use formulas, charts, workbooks, styles, hyperlinks, themes, functions, conditional logic, graphics, comments, and security features. This course uses the Discover Office 2013 Comprehensive Online courseware that does not require installations on individual computers. Students will participate in an engaging learning experience that aligns with Microsoft’s Exam. The course content maps to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2013 Certification.
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to the tools and resources available in the online classroom and campus. Students will be introduced to online research, formatting, and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
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