Online Bachelor of Arts in Business

The Business major is focused on equipping the student for management roles in both profit and non-profit organizations. The integration of a Christian worldview ensures the education is morally and ethically grounded. There are several areas of major-related elective courses students may use to customize the major: Accounting, Agribusiness, Criminal Justice Administration, Digital Multi-Media Production, Emergency Management, Health Information Technology, Healthcare Management, Human Resources, Logistics Management, and Organizational Leadership.

Major Objectives

Upon completion of this major, students should be able to:
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    Demonstrate fundamental knowledge in the core business concepts of accounting, economics, finance, information technology, business law, and management.
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    Assess business decisions through the lens of a Christian worldview.
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    Evaluate data used by decision-makers in today’s global business environment.
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    Analyze business operations in order to provide recommendations for improvement.

GENERAL EDUCATION45 CREDITS

Required Communication Skills Courses:
Required Social and Behavioral Science Courses:
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    This course provides an introduction to the principles of economic analysis with emphasis on microeconomic theory as it applies to the decision-making of households, businesses, and industries in the current economic environment. It addresses the concepts of scarcity of resources, opportunity cost, supply & demand, specialization and trade, and the role of government. (Pre-requisite: MAT1000 Introduction to Math Systems or equivalent course.)
     
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    This course introduces economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of both domestic and international policies on key economic indicators and on overall macroeconomic performance. (Recommendation: Prior completion of a college-level economics course.)
     
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    Remaining General Education Requirements 36 Credits

GENERAL ELECTIVES30 CREDITS

Prerequisites to be completed before starting the major:
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    This course introduces the student to the double-entry system of bookkeeping and the basic accounting cycle. An examination of the fundamental concepts and procedures utilized by entities to communicate financial information according to generally accepted accounting principles. Individual effort is emphasized through a workbook and practice set.
    (Prerequisite: BUS2050)
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    This course provides an introduction to the principles of economic analysis with emphasis on microeconomic theory as it applies to the decision-making of households, businesses, and industries in the current economic environment. It addresses the concepts of scarcity of resources, opportunity cost, supply & demand, specialization and trade, and the role of government. (Pre-requisite: MAT1000 Introduction to Math Systems or equivalent course.)
     
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    This course will focus on math as it is used in the real world and begins with a review of the basic math functions. Students will then study the fundamentals of banking, pricing, payroll, interest, reading and analyzing financial statements, taxes, insurance, and investments, and learn to apply them to situations that occur in business and personal life.
     
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    This course introduces economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of both domestic and international policies on key economic indicators and on overall macroeconomic performance. (Recommendation: Prior completion of a college-level economics course.)
     
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    This course centers on investigating business feasibility. Areas of study will include recognizing business opportunities, developing the business concept, and testing an opportunity for feasibility. Startup and takeover situations will be studied. Business plans will be created.
     
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    This course provides an overview of foundational financial theory and its application to management decision-making and firm valuation.
     
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    This course introduces learners to accepted management principles from both a historic and contemporary perspective with application to both not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
     
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    This course is designed around the interacting marketing activities of analysis, planning, implementation, and control. The course focuses on competitive and customer analysis, marketing strategy development, and implementations for decision-making in both domestic and global organizations. The course incorporates current developments in marketing to acquaint students with the present-day challenges of marketing activities, including the social, legal, ethical, and technological environments of marketing. Finally, students apply these skills and understanding to a real marketing situation and make recommendations for future marketing strategy and tactics.
     

BUSINESS MAJOR45 CREDITS

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    The acquisition, analysis, and reporting of financial information is important to the individual manager and the organization. Special attention will be given to the planning and control responsibilities of practicing managers. Individuals should gain confidence in their ability to interpret and use financial information for more effective decision-making.
    (Prerequisite: ACC2020)
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    This course examines the theoretical and practical problems of ethical behavior and decision-making in the workplace and develops a biblically based framework to address moral and ethical issues.
     
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    Business law is a study of the fundamental principles and practices of law, and how it impacts business situations. This course emphasizes the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society. The concepts of Christian ethics and proper business conduct will be emphasized throughout the course.
     
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    Financial management provides a foundation of the main topics in finance. This course provides a theoretical foundation to evaluate organizational finance issues and apply theory in practice.
    (Prerequisite: FIN2010)
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    This course will examine computerized information systems and how data is captured, processed, and communicated. Students will learn about the fundamental concepts and technologies used in business information systems. A practical hands-on look at how (intermediate) Microsoft Excel and (beginning) Microsoft Access can be integrated within business information systems will be covered. This course provides an introduction to a broad view of data analytics through the use of fundamental techniques and tools in analyzing large amounts of data.
     
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    This course covers the roles managers can and do play (past, present, future) to create and modify organizations in their quest to fulfill the organizational mission. An analysis of the interaction of an organization with the goals, priorities and strategies of employees is studied as well.
     
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    This course will address the major themes related to operating a business in today's international marketplace. Topics will highlight how businesses interact with and are affected by political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal issues from a faith-based perspective.
     
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    Offers an overall view of managing an organization by challenging students to integrate learning from all course work in solving complex management problems.
    (Prerequisite: Completion of major courses and/or concentration courses.)
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    Remaining credit hours chosen by student and may include a concentration21 Credits

Total120 Credit Hours

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