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The Bachelor of Arts in Business equips students for management roles in profit and non-profit organizations. The integration of a Christian worldview ensures the education is morally and ethically grounded. The concentrations provide major-related elective courses students may use to customize the major.

Objectives

Objectives Graduates should be able to:
  • Demonstrate fundamental knowledge in the core business concepts of accounting, economics, finance, information technology, business law, and management.
  • Assess business decisions through the lens of a Christian worldview.
  • Evaluate data used by decision-makers in today’s global business environment.
  • Analyze business operations to provide recommendations for improvement.
This degree program is available in the following formats:

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MAJOR48 HOURS

  • The double-entry system of bookkeeping and the basic accounting cycle, including communicating financial information according to generally accepted accounting principles.
    Prerequisite: College-level mathematics courses, higher than MAT1000
  • The acquisition, analysis, and reporting of financial information for the individual manager and the organization with special attention to the planning and control responsibilities of practicing managers. Students should gain confidence in their ability to interpret and use financial information for more effective decision-making.
    Prerequisite: ACC2020
  • 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: College-level mathematics course
  • 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
  • Recognizing startup or takeover business opportunities, investigating businesses opportunities for feasibility, developing business concepts, and creating business plans.
  • Theoretical and practical problems of ethical behavior and decision-making in the workplace, and development of a biblically based framework for moral and ethical issues.
  • Principles and practices of law, and their impact on business situations, emphasizing the dynamic interaction between the individual, organization, and society, in the context of Christian ethics and proper business conduct.
  • Operating a business in today’s international marketplace from a faith-based perspective, including how businesses interact with and are affected by political, economic, social, technological, environmental, and legal issues.
  • Foundational financial theory and its application to management decision-making and firm valuation.
    Prerequisite: MAT2050
  • The major topics in finance and a theoretical foundation to evaluate organizational finance issues and apply theory in practice.
    Prerequisite: FIN2010
  • Fundamental concepts and technologies for business information systems, including data capture, processing, and communication, introduction to the integration of Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access in business information systems, and basic data analytics.
  • Accepted management principles from historic and contemporary perspectives with application to not-for-profit and for-profit organizations.
  • The roles of managers in creating and modifying organizations to fulfill the organizational mission, including analysis of interaction in an organization, and the goals, priorities, and strategies of employees.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Choose one of the Following:
  • A review of basic math functions with emphasis on real-world application, including fundamentals of banking, pricing, payroll, interest, reading and analyzing financial statements, taxes, insurance, and investments, and application of these concepts to situations in business and personal life.
  • Mathematics Elective (Circleville students)*3

*Students may count this course as a Mathematics elective in the General Education Core. MAT2050 is not available to Circleville Campus students.

Concentrations:

The concentration in Accounting provides students a broad-based view of relevant accounting concepts.

Objective

Graduates should be able to apply the basic responsibilities of accountants in assisting organizations in financial and economic based decisions.

  • Continuation of ACC3020, addressing financial statement preparation and presentation to external users.
    Prerequisite: ACC3020
  • Evidential procedures involved in supporting the various types of audits, in compliance with Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS).
    Prerequisite: ACC3020
  • Methods of managerial accounting, including the development of analytical skills, cost accounting as a tool for business strategy and implementation, and the values and behaviors that make managerial accountants effective in the workplace.
    Prerequisite: ACC3020
  • Implementation and management of automated accounting systems, with an emphasis on internal controls and information accuracy.
    Prerequisite: ACC4010; Recommended: IST3040

The concentration in Criminal Justice Administration prepares students to achieve a fulfilling administrative career in the justice system with a focus on management roles. This concentration will ensure students apply theories and interact with principles of criminal justice while developing managerial and administrative skills found in supervisory roles in law enforcement, the court system, and corrections.

Objective

Graduates should be able to:
  • Correlate business operations to needs in the criminal justice system environment.
  • Apply management and conflict resolution principles within the scope of criminal justice.
  • Apply justice principles to real-life situations.
  • Examine interdependence between justice system areas.
  • Demonstrate computer literacy required for engaging in challenges faced by criminal justice in the digital age.
  • Fundamental justice system concepts, and roles within justice systems including law enforcement officers, court officers, corrections officers, victims, and defendants, in the context of a Christian worldview. Opportunities to plan strategic steps for the student’s program and career.
  • The historical, philosophical, and operational framework of the corrections system, including the goals of punishment, alternatives to the conventional penal approach and biblical perspectives on the government’s role in punishment and power.
    Prerequisite: CJU1010
  • Cybercrime and computer-related crime issues including trends in cyber law, inter-jurisdictional implications in the context of criminal justice, and use of technology and systems by agencies.
    Prerequisite: CJU1010
  • The functions, operations, and decision-making processes of the judicial process in the United States, including an analysis of the role of courts and the function and responsibilities of the key personnel within them.
    Prerequisite: CJU1010

The concentration in Digital Multi-Media will ensure students gain practical hands-on experience with the equipment and software programs necessary for graphic, website, video, and audio production.

Objective

Graduates should be able to develop digital multi-media projects for use in a variety of professional settings.

  • Creating and editing graphic images for digital media, including vector and raster art, using industry standard programs like Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Planning, shooting, and editing videos to promote awareness through media such as Facebook, YouTube, and TV commercials. Basic scriptwriting, how to use a digital video camera, associated terminology, shooting techniques, and post-production in an industry-standard video editing program such as Adobe Premiere.
  • Creating a basic web page or site using HTML and WordPress, with a focus on learning foundational HTML language and its implementation in WordPress.
  • Recording, editing, and modification of digital audio for radio commercials, video, and music tracks, including use of microphones, recording devices, and audio editing software, and terminology associated with the audio industry.

The concentration in Emergency Management develops leadership abilities in management to be utilized in all types of disaster situations, emphasizing Christ-like service to those in need.

Objective

Graduates should be able to apply key elements of emergency management strategies, theories, and concepts to simulated and practical situations.

  • This course is a prerequisite for all other courses in the program. Introduction to the field of emergency and disaster management, including background for dealing with disasters, victimization, and economic losses from disasters in organized ways, and how organizations serve communities and individuals from a service perspective.
  • Public awareness of potential hazards communities face, the preparedness needed to handle these hazards and strategic options in mitigating adverse consequences. Procedures and principles for emergency operations, including planning, warning systems, evacuation, search and rescue, mass casualty incidents, sheltering, handling donations, disaster declarations, and incident debriefings.
  • Post-disaster procedures and policies governing the protection of natural environments, improving disaster resistance, supporting diverse communities and population, improving economic conditions, and preserving community resources. Community resilience and sustainability through emergency management programs. Phases of emergency management in a community’s comprehensive and strategic planning.
  • Development of knowledge and personal disciplines for managing one’s emotional, physical, and spiritual needs in maintaining a prolonged presence in settings of high stress.

The concentration in Health Information Technology will develop professionals in the disciplines of classification systems, information protection, health informatics, and analytics. Students will develop a strong background in revenue, compliance, and management that is used in multiple healthcare organizations.

Objective

Graduates should be able to evaluate, implement, and manage applications for clinical classifications systems in healthcare settings.

  • Health information technologies and their impact on medicine and the health system, with attention to the regulatory requirements of these technologies.
  • Ethical and legal questions encountered by healthcare providers, including licensure, certification, privacy law, informed consent, professional liability, court cases, medical malpractice, workplace legalities, contracts, and health information initiatives at national, state, and local levels.
  • ICD coding systems for reimbursement of medical visits, procedures, and tests.
  • The history of the electronic health record and its importance to medical professionals, utilization of an electronic health records system, and methods for protecting virtually accessible patient information.

The concentration in Healthcare Management develops managerial skills required to work in today’s regulated, complex healthcare field. Graduates will have a solid foundation to meet the challenges of increasing quality while decreasing cost in healthcare delivery. The concentration prepares graduates for supervisory or middle management positions in hospitals, managed care organizations, community health centers, physician group practices, pharmaceutical companies, and other types of facilities.

Objective

Graduates should be able to apply management principles to healthcare organizations.

  • Informatics in clinical practice, administration, research, and education, including basic informatics concepts, current issues, information management systems, legislative regulation, HIPPA, electronic health records, and other applications.
  • Overview of the healthcare industry including healthcare organizations and structures, public policy makers, and healthcare operations with emphasis on rapid changes in healthcare delivery systems as a response to increased healthcare costs, aging of the population, advanced medical science and technology, changing disease patterns, consumer demands, and distribution and use of the healthcare workforce.
  • Legal and regulatory standards governing healthcare organizations, including legal requirements, responsibilities, and constraints related to health provider/patient relationships, medical records, malpractice insurance, and licensure of health professionals.
  • Financial principles for profit and non-profit healthcare settings, including insurance payment systems, funding sources, return on investment, and profitability, and an overview of financial statements and financial responsibility reporting, budgeting, inventory control, asset management, payer systems, accounts receivable, charity care, and managing controllables.

Graduates should be able to thoroughly describe the human resources needs of organizations, contribute to building effective human resources policies and programs, and offer recommendations for improvement.

Objective

Upon completion of this concentration, students should be able to contribute to building effective human resources policies and programs.

  • An introduction to human resources functions and how they support the strategic objectives and goals of an organization.
  • Monetary and non-monetary benefit theories and practices, including employee evaluation, individual and group pay, and insurance and retirement plans.
  • The major human resource management functions in an organization, including the components of the human resource management process and the associated activities to perform these functions. The course highlights the human resource management responsibilities of all managers and emphasizes leadership responsibilities and competencies, job analysis, the supporting role of human resource management to strategic planning, and the major government legislation affecting human resource management.
  • An exploration of the role of employee development in contemporary organizations and the methods, development, and assessment of training programs. Recommendation: HR3040

Logistics Management is concerned with the movement, storage, and processing of materials and information across the whole of the supply chain, from acquisition of raw materials and components, through manufacturing, to delivery of finished products to end users. The concentration in Logistics Management prepares graduates for careers in purchasing and supplier management, manufacturing logistics, transportation management, inventory, distribution, and warehouse management, information management, and customer service management.

Objective

Graduates should be able to apply management principles to logistics and supply chain organizations.

  • The role of logistics in business, including customer service, planning, and managing supply chains, and arranging product transportation and distribution, with practical application in creating logistic strategies.
  • The strategic role of freight transportation systems in supply chain networks, with emphasis on the components of transportation systems, including inter-modal and intra-model competition, their technological features, operational processes and cost conditions, the buyer-seller channels for acquiring transportation services, and the strategic and tactical alternatives for transport procurement.
    Prerequisite: LGM3000
  • Warehouse and inventory management in logistics systems with analysis of customer service, forecasting inventory, investment, layout design, and operation.
    Prerequisite: LGM3000
  • Analysis of supply markets, supplier selection, building and maintaining key supplier relationships for long-term success, strategic planning, and use of information technology, with emphasis on the strategic framework, managerial issues, and best practices related to the planning and execution of source processes.
    Prerequisite: LGM3000

The concentration in Organizational Leadership prepares individuals for positions of leadership. Courses provide a foundation to meet the challenges of leading organizations in a changing environment.

Objective

Graduates should be able to apply leadership theory and techniques to facilitate change within an organization.

  • Strategies from the business for-profit, the non-profit sector, and the moral and spiritual arena with application to personal and career goals.
  • Models of effective organizational leadership and the impact of administrative structure, power and politics, conflict resolution, and motivation within the context of the organizational culture.
  • Classic theoretical constructs of leadership, systems of organizational culture, and models and processes involved in successful organizational change, with application in the learner's own organizational setting.
  • Current issues and trends in global leadership, and the leadership challenges that arise in a global setting, with emphasis on developing knowledge, attitudes, skills, and aspirations regarding the theory and practice of leadership in global organizations and societies.