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
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
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 4
BA233 E-Marketing 3
BA239 Advertising 3
Second Year
BA230 Business Law 4
BA238 Sales 3
BA250 Small Business Management 3
SP218 Interpersonal Communication 5 3
Specific Elective 6 3
BA203 Intro. to International Business 3
BA205 Solving Communication Problems 4
BA222 Finance 3
PE231 Wellness for Life 7 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

 WR90R Academic Literacy is a 4 credit course


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.