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 interested Retail Management may also earn a Certificate of Completion Retail.

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 minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or better. All courses must be passed 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 Basics2
MTH20Basic Mathematics4
WR90Paragraph Fundamentals 13
or WR90R Academic Literacy

Program Guide

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
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) 3
 Credits15
Winter
AC2764
Small Business Accounting
or Principles of Accounting II
4
BA120 Leadership Development 2 3
BA223 Principles of Marketing 3
CIS125S Spreadsheet Applications 3
MTH82 Business Mathematics 3 4
 Credits17
Spring
BA156 Essentials of Economics 4 3
BA206 Management Fundamentals 3
BA213 Principles of Accounting III 4
BA233 E-Marketing 3
BA239 Advertising 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BA230 Business Law 4
BA238 Sales 3
BA250 Small Business Management 3
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 5 3
Specific Elective 6 3
 Credits16
Winter
BA203 Intro. to International Business 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems 4
BA222 Finance 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 7 3
Specific Elective 6 3
 Credits16
Spring
BA224 Human Resource Management 3
BA277 Business Ethics 3
BA280 CWE: Business Admin 3
BA292 Entrepeneurship Capstone 3
Specific Elective 6 3
 Credits15
 Total Credits95
1

 WR90R Academic Literacy is a 4 credit course

2

BA285 Human Relations in Organizations; PSY100 Introduction to PsychologyPSY201 General PsychologyPSY201H General Psychology w/HonorsPSY203 General Psychology; PSY203H General Psychology w/HonorsBA110 Group Dynamics for Teams may be substituted for BA120 Leadership Development.

3

MTH60 Algebra I, MTH65 Algebra IIMTH95 Intermediate Algebra or higher may be substituted for MTH82 Business Mathematics.

4

Four credits of ECON201 Microeconomics or ECON202 Macroeconomics may be substituted for BA156 Essentials of Economics.

5

SP100 Basic Speech Communications, SP111 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, SP219 Small Group Discussion, or SP220 Gender and Communication may be substituted for SP218 Interpersonal Communication.

6

Specific Electives:  Any AC, BA, CIS, CS, PSY, or SOC courses not required for degree; CRT2015 Sanitation and Safety for Managers; ECON201 MicroeconomicsECON202 Macroeconomics; OA116 Office Procedures; MTH65 Algebra IIMTH95 Intermediate AlgebraMTH111 College AlgebraMTH111H College Algebra w/HonorsMTH241 Calculus for Bus and Soc Science IMTH243 Intro to Probability and Statistics.

7

HE250 Personal Health or three credits of PE 185 sport/activity courses may be substituted for PE231 Wellness for Life.

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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 record keeping systems and interpret results.
  • Develop and evaluate marketing strategies for a small business.
  • Explore entrepreneurial potential and develop a business plan.