Business Management/Entrepreneurship, Associate of Applied Science
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.
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.
Students must complete a minimum of 93 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 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).
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.
Students are required to take the following courses prior to the program courses, depending on students' college placement information. See advisor for details:
|CIS90||Computer Basics (or demonstrate proficiency)||2|
|WR90R||Academic Literacy (or placement in higher writing course)||4|
|MTH20||Basic Mathematics (or placement in higher math course)||4|
|BA101||Introduction to Business||4|
|BA150||Introduction to Entrepreneurship||3|
|CIS120||Concepts of Computing||4|
|WR115||Fundamentals of Report Writing (or higher) 1||4|
|BA211||Principles of Accounting I||4|
|MTH82||Business Mathematics 3||4|
|BA223||Principles of Marketing||4|
|BA156||Essentials of Economics 4||3|
|BA213||Principles of Accounting III||4|
|BA250||Small Business Management Entrepreneurship||3|
|SP218||Interpersonal Communication 5||3|
|Specific Elective 6||3|
|BA203||Intro. to International Business||3|
|BA205||Solving Communication Problems With Technology||4|
|BA120||Leadership Development 2||3|
|PE231||Wellness for Life 7||3|
|BA224||Human Resource Management||3|
|BA280||CWE: Business Admin 8||3|
|Specific Elective 6||3|
Call 541-888-7405 to schedule with Internship Coordinator one month prior to term.
All Honors courses may substitute for their equivalent requirements.