Associates of Science in Business Administration

The Associate Degree in Business Administration can be completed in as little as two years.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Business Administration Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for an Associate of Science in Business Administration

CourseCreditsDescription
ACC101 Financial Accounting3Introduces students to generally accepted accounting principles and accounting process with regards to corporations, partnerships, and sole-proprietorships. The basic concepts, principles, and techniques used to generate accounting data, financial statements and the interpretation and use of financial data to enhance the decision-making process are covered.
BUS203 Business Communications3Investigates the role of effective communication in the continuously changing organizational environment. Topics include communicating in the workplace, small groups and teams, listening and non-verbal communication, email messages, report writing, memoranda, letters, résumé preparation, job interviews, and formal presentations.
BUS211 Business Finance3Studies the field of finance, both private and public, with emphasis placed on current approaches as they pertain to a business. The mathematics of finance, capital budgets, loan and investment alternatives and working capital management are discussed.
BUS303 Business Law3Investigates the essential elements of business law and the legal environment. Topics include introduction to civil and criminal law, business ethics, the judicial system, torts, negligence, strict liability, contracts, Uniform Commercial Code, negotiable instruments, agency, business associations, intellectual property, employment law, consumer and environmental law, property, and legal case analysis.
BUS205 Principles of Management3Introduces basic management principles used in the organizational environment. The four management functions studied are planning, organizing, leading and controlling. Other topics include the evolution of management theory, ethics, social responsibility, diversity, organizational structure, human resource management, motivation, leadership, groups and teams, communication, organizational conflict and change, operations management, information systems and technology, innovation, product development, and entrepreneurship.
BUS309 Marketing3Examines the foundations of marketing principles with application of marketing concepts of the present and future. Emphasis is placed on problem solving, critical thinking skills, ethics, and competition while studying the topics of market analysis, target marketing, product pricing, strategic promotion, and distribution.
CIS305 Spreadsheet Applications3Discusses business oriented data management techniques using Microsoft Excel electronic spreadsheet. Topics include: planning a spreadsheet, entering labels, values, formulae, and functions; macros, databases, and graphics will also be covered.
ECO207 Macroeconomic Principles3Presents the basic principles of macroeconomics including supply and demand. The course examines the national economy and its main components. Various theories of inflation, unemployment and GDP growth are explored, as well as the tools of macroeconomic principles. The role of the federal budget, money supply, interest rates in economic stabilization policies, global economic factors and international trade are emphasized.
ENG103 College Composition I: Engaged Citizens*3The course examines what it means to be an engaged citizen in 21-centry America. By exploring foundation documents such as the Declaration of Independence and early Greek democracies, along with modern interpretations of participatory citizenship, this class asks students to question what makes a person an engaged citizen. Students will write frequently in the course, culminating in a research paper. Students will also give multiple in-class presentations and work collaboratively.
ENG104 College Composition II: Engaged Citizens3This course uses poetry, drama and short fiction to explore what it means to be an engaged 21st century citizen. Students will read a variety of texts from early Greek drama to modern multicultural short stories as they examine what it means to participate in citizenship. Students will write frequently, culminating in a research paper. Students will also present and work collaboratively on projects.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology or SOC101 Introduction to Sociology3This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both Psychology majors and others interested in the field of Psychology.
or SOC101 Introduction to Sociology
An integrated and systematic survey of modern sociological methodology and concepts, which include as subject matter: the nature of culture and human society, social processes, social structures, and social changes.
ACT111 First Year Experience – Part 11Through a variety of activities, students will be introduced to college resources and opportunities in the College community. Class activities will be directed toward helping students take responsibility for their own learning, career exploration and becoming engaged in college activities and activities of civic engagement. Course topics will include goal setting, academic advisement, study skills, note taking, time management and research. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Course cannot be repeated. Freshmen course.
ACT112 First Year Experience – Part 21
Through a variety of activities and learning opportunities, students will explore career options and major choices, as well as participate in research writing and in-class presentations. Topics include focused career inventories, interviews with local non- profits and guided research projects, leading to a research paper and presentation. All transfer students with at least 24 credits and in good standing, and students who are 22 years or older are exempt from taking the course. Freshman course.
Math Elective3The Associate of Science in Business Administration requires students to take three credits of mathematics.
History Elective3The Associate of Science in Business Administration requires students to take one of the following:
HIS101 World Civilization I
HIS102 World Civilization II
HIS103 US History I
HIS104 US History II
REL206 Faith Traditions3This course provides students with the foundational concepts and beliefs of the major faith traditions with an emphasis on how these beliefs can be accommodated in the workplace and classroom. Students will read primary belief texts, write papers on ways these beliefs are embodied and perform in-class presentations.
Business Electives9The Associate of Science in Business Administration requires students to take nine Business elective credits.
General Electives7The Associate of Science in Business Administration requires students to take seven general elective credits.
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