This two-year degree exposes students to all aspects of operating a small business with a focus on entrepreneurship. The program also prepares students for positions such as management trainee, first-line supervisor, buyers and purchasing agents, sales managers, and higher levels of management for either profit or nonprofit organizations. Focus is placed on entrepreneurship for those interested in starting/operating a business or applying this managerial approach in a medium to large organization.

Employment in this field is expected to remain steady. Prospects are very good for those who want to own and manage a business, especially if they have determination, talent and a unique service or product.

Many students will decide to begin this program by first earning a Career Pathway Certificate of Completion in Supervision or Marketing. A Certificate of Completion can typically be completed in one year. Click here to view the entire Pathway.

Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution with the goal of completing a bachelor's degree in business should consider completing the ASOT-BUS degree and consult with business program faculty.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 95 credit hours with a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Twenty-four (24) credits must be completed at Southwestern before the AAS Business Management/Entrepreneurship degree is awarded.

Complete the graduation application process one term prior to the term of completion (e.g., spring term graduates must apply during winter term).

Pre-Program Courses

Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:

CIS90Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)2
WR90RAcademic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)4
MTH20Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)4

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
BA101 Introduction to Business 4
BA150 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
BA284 Job Readiness 1
CIS120 Concepts of Computing 4
WR115 Introduction to Expository Writing (or higher) 1 3
Small Business Accounting
or Principles of Accounting II
BA120 Leadership Development 2 3
BA223 Principles of Marketing 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 3 4
BA156 Essentials of Economics 4 3
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III Managerial Accounting 4
BA233 E-Marketing 3
BA239 Advertising 3
Second Year
BA230 Business Law 4
BA238 Sales 3
BA250 Small Business Management Entrepreneurship 3
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 5 3
Specific Elective 6 3
BA203 Intro. to International Business Business 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems With Technology 4
BA222 Finance 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 6 3
Specific Elective 6 3
BA224 Human Resource Management 3
BA277 Business Ethics 3
BA280 CWE: Business Admin 3
BA292 Entrepeneurship Capstone 3
Specific Elective 6 3
 Total Credits95

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate ethical and legal procedures for a small business.
  • Recognize and evaluate opportunities in the global marketplace.
  • Demonstrate professional decorum while employing appropriate and effective business communication skills in virtual and interpersonal environments.
  • Develop critical-thinking and decision-making skills as an individual, a team member, and a leader of an organization.
  • Develop and evaluate financial recordkeeping systems and interpret results.
  • Develop and evaluate marketing strategies for a small business.
  • Explore entrepreneurial potential and develop a business plan.