Follow Christ, Lead the Way

The Associate of Arts in Business equips students with basic skills in essential business areas. The integration of a Christian worldview ensures that the education is morally and ethically grounded.


  • Explain how the four functions of management can be addressed through the Christian worldview.
  • Discuss market segmentation and targeting using the 7 P’s (product, price, place, promotion, packaging, positioning, and people) of marketing.
  • Illustrate data used by decision-makers in today’s business environments.
  • Develop the entrepreneurial decision-making process from research to business plan creation.
This degree program is available in the following format:

100% Online courses in a 5-week as-you-go flexible format for busy adults featuring forum discussions and weekly assignment deadlines. Serves both undergraduate and graduate students.

Explore the full enrichment of the traditional collegiate experience and make new friends on our lively campus in Circleville Ohio. Serves 17-24 year-old undergraduate students.

MAJOR27 Hours

  • The double-entry system of bookkeeping and the basic accounting cycle, including communicating financial information according to generally accepted accounting principles.
    Prerequisite: MAT1250 or higher
  • 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, including scarcity of resources, opportunity cost, supply & demand, specialization and trade, and the role of government. Pre-requisite: MAT1250 or higher
  • Introduction to economic analysis at the aggregate level, including the impact of both domestic and international policies on key economic indicators and on overall macroeconomic performance. Recommended: College-level economics course
  • This course centers on investigating the feasibility of a business idea or concept. 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 and business plans will be created.
  • Foundational financial theory and its application to management decision-making and firm valuation.
    Prerequisite: MAT2050 or higher
    • Mathematics Elective (Circleville Campus)3
    • Accepted management principles from historic and contemporary perspectives with application to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
    • The interacting marketing activities of analysis, planning, implementation, and control with a focus on competitive and customer analysis, marketing strategy development, and implementations for decision-making in domestic and global organizations. The course incorporates current developments in marketing, including the social, legal, ethical, and technological environments of marketing. Students apply these skills and concepts in a real marketing situation to make recommendations for marketing strategy and tactics.
    • Electives in ACC, BUS, FIN, LDR, or MKT 3

    *Online students may count MAT2050 as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core. MAT2050 does not fulfill General Education Mathematics requirements for Circleville Campus students.

    Graduation Requirements:

    In addition to the courses listed on this page, graduates must meet the requirements listed here, including:

    • A General Education Core
      • Associate degrees – 36 credit hours
      • Bachelor’s degrees – 45 credit hours
    • Minimum credit hours
      • Associate degrees – 60 credit hours
      • Bachelor’s degrees – 120 credit hours
    • Notes:

      1. Some majors require more credit hours than the listed minimums.
      2. Students choose elective courses to complete credit hour requirements.
      3. Electives may apply toward a minor, certificate, associate degree, or second major.
      4. Sometimes a course required in a student’s major can also fulfill a requirement in the GenEd core. (See notes on the individual major pages.)

    Find complete information in the OCU Academic Catalog.

    Contact the University Registrar's Office if you have graduation questions: 1 (740) 477-7780 or