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Business Administration

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Program Description

Success in increasingly complex domestic and global business environments requires effective leadership and support from those with business administration and discipline-specific knowledge and skills. This program provides knowledge and skills in business administration; strategic, marketing, human resource, financial management and sustainable business practices. Emphasis is placed on responsible citizenship at the individual and corporate levels, including ethical, legal, and socially responsible behaviors and business practices.

Business administration graduates have practical, marketable business administration, management, and leadership skills grounded in industry–accepted theories and practices. These skills help them enter and/or progress in a competitive job market while building a solid theoretical foundation for potential graduate studies.

Admission Requirements

  1. Have completed a minimum of 6 post-high school college credits
  2. Minimum GPA of 2.0

Core Major Requirements

Prerequisites:

COM 125: Speech

This course helps learners majoring in any discipline strengthen communication skills essential for success in academics and the workplace. Learners will focus on listening, evaluating, and delivering spoken discourse based on audience and purpose. Learners will evaluate why some people are more effective than others as public speakers, analyze speeches and audiences, study ethical considerations for speakers, research and organize findings on a topic, and present findings before an audience, and learn techniques for identifying and reducing speech anxiety. *COM125 is a pre-req for some classes in the program and not the program as a whole.

HUM201: Ethics

Ethics introduces learners to moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy that questions what is good and bad. The course surveys a number of important ethical theories — ethical relativism, objectivism, egoism, altruism, utilitarianism, duty - based moral theory, natural law, natural rights, and virtue ethics — as they examine reasons why certain actions are morally right or wrong. Learners will apply ethical theories in the evaluation and analysis of current controversial issues, question ethical matters from a variety of angles, and acquire new tools to assist them in making ethically sound, well - informed decisions throughout their lives.

ACCT285: Financial Accounting

This course provides a basic understanding of the financial reporting requirements of business organizations. Learners will translate business transactions into journal entries and post the journal entries to ledger accounts, examine and develop the components of basic financial statements (income statement, balance sheet, statement of equity, and statement of cash flows), and complete the accounting cycle. Learners will use horizontal, vertical, and financial ratio analysis to analyze the financial performance of a company.

MASC110: Statistics and Probability

This course acquaints learners with the tools and major components of statistics. Learners will apply technology to analyze data. The course also includes the foundational terminology and practices used in contemporary statistics, such as data collection, metrics, score interpretation, and experimental design. Additionally, this course will promote the skills that learners need to be able to take information from the world around them and use it to make sound decisions based on solid evidence.

MASC115: College Algebra

This course provides learners with the algebra, reasoning, and problem‐solving skills needed for everyday life. The course focuses on simplifying expressions and solving equations in real‐world situations using variables for unknowns. Learners will solve problems using algebraic principles and tools and then incorporate these mathematical concepts into realistic business, consumer, science, and statistical contexts.

SSC110: Principles of Microeconomics

Principles of Economics II Micro EXP provides learners with an introduction to fundamental economic concepts and to how these concepts play out in the real world. Learners will apply essential models of economics to concepts such as economic interdependence and market equilibrium and think about how these models contribute to optimal resource allocation. Learners will address classic microeconomic issues such as profit maximization and determining the optimal output. Learners will also discover how decisions are made within companies in different market structures and how the industry within which a company operates affects its competitive efficiency.

SSC111: Principles of Macroeconomics

This course introduces learners to fundamental economic concepts and encourages them to consider how those concepts apply to the real world and to their own lives. Learners will explore the models of economics, how they portray economic interdependence and market equilibrium, and how they contribute to optimal resource allocation. Learners will examine classic macroeconomic issues, such as the effects of government intervention on businesses and individuals. They will evaluate macroeconomic conditions, think about how monetary and fiscal policies affect the corporate world and the overall economy, distinguish between short‐ and long‐run macroeconomic forces and learn how monetary systems influence economic variables.

Major Courses:

BSAD310: Financial Accounting Systems

Accounting information provides essential knowledge for effective strategic, operational, and financial decision making. Learners study the recording, reporting, and interpretation of business transactions from a systems perspective. Applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and ethical practices, learners use accounting systems and subsidiary ledgers to collect, classify, summarize, and report business transactions; analyze and prepare financial statements for a variety of real business situations. Learners consider the requirements of external users of accounting information and their dependence on reliable and relevant information for making decisions, as well as legal and regulatory constraints for best practice. Prerequisites: MASC115 - College Algebra and ACCT285 - Financial Accounting. Prior study of corporate finance highly recommended.

BSAD320: Managerial Economics

Economic analysis provides essential knowledge for business decision making and the development of business strategies. Given global and regional economic constraints, learners analyze business problems and evaluation solutions by applying micro and macro level economics models and methods.

Prerequisites: SSC 110 - Principles of Microeconomic, SSC 111 - Principles of Macroeconomics, and MASC115 - Statistics and Probability

BSAD340: Legal Environment of Business

Legal and regulatory compliance is a critical consideration for all business activities in the United States. Learners examine the relationships among individuals, partnerships, and corporations, as they apply to law. Contracts, consumer law, and the legalities of employer-employee relationships are examined. Legal considerations relevant to global initiatives are explored.

Prerequisite: HUM 201 - Ethics. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

BSAD394: Marketing

Marketing strategies, methods, and practice are experiencing rapid transformation due to the emergence of disruptive technologies and changes in consumer demand. Marketing theories, strategies, ethics, and legal requirements are examined. Learners will also study current and emerging trends in pricing, promotion, distribution, planning, and the product delivery cycle.. The impact of these factors on the marketing of different products and services are assessed. Prerequisite: HUM 201 - Ethics. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

BSAD410: Global Business

The ability to analyze the competitive structures and strategies of global businesses and to formulate effective strategies is an essential competency for businesses in the global marketplace. Competitive strategies, ethical and legal considerations, and management practices for a global business enterprise are examined. Learners evaluate the economic impact of foreign exchange, balance of payments, and the global monetary system on global strategies and operations. Prerequisite: BSAD320 Managerial Economics. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

BSAD420: Information Systems Analysis & Design

Information systems are the backbone of most business processes and central to the success of many business strategies. Learners examine critical success factors for information systems. These factors include ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements; strategic and operational decision making; employment of effective methods for systems selection, development, and implementation; and the inclusion of key stakeholders throughout the process. Learners select, design, plan development and implementation, and document the system development cycle for a selected information system solution.

Prerequisite: HUM 201 - Ethics.

BSAD430: Financial Management

Managing financial resources effectively in a complex and disruptive economic environment presents significant challenges for businesses in both the private and public sectors. Learners examine finance concepts and principles; ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements; and financial management best practices. Learners engage in financial analysis and project the impact of potential financial strategies for making decisions.

Prerequisite: BSAD310 - Financial Accounting Systems. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

HRD345: Managing Human Resources

A key factor of success for an organization is how well its employees are engaged in its initiatives and routine operations while maintaining human resource legal and regulatory requirements and generally accepted practice. Learners explore staffing and employment functions; training and development, and performance evaluations; the strategic importance of compensation and benefits and labor relations; and ethical, legal, and regulatory requirements and best practices. Management considerations within a multicultural environment are also addressed.

Prerequisite: COM 125 - Speech. Prior study of business law is recommended.

BSAD415: Negotiation & Conflict Resolution

Effective interpersonal skills are essential for professionals as they communicate, collaborate, and negotiate with other individuals and groups within and outside an organization. Successful learners develop the professional interpersonal, facilitation, negotiation, conflict management, and dispute resolution skills necessary for success in today’s complex business environments. This complexity includes elements such as the social, cultural, and economic diversity of the workforce in domestic and global environments. Learners apply these skills in a series of scenarios including those related to personnel, team, contractual, procedural, change, and other stakeholder concerns.

Prerequisite: COM 125 - Speech

BSAD440: Strategic Management

Employing successful strategies is essential for private and public sector organizations to be competitive, perform effectively, achieve corporate goals and objectives, and meet the expectations of stakeholders. Learners study strategic management theories and principles and examine best practices for developing and executing sucessful strategies in complex, disruptive domestic and global markets. Models and methods for leading and motivating employees to effectively execute those strategies are examined.

Prerequisites: All major courses with the exception of the Capstone. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

BSAD497: Business Administration Capstone

Learners engage in two projects that assess their achievements and preparation for pursuit of professional aspirations in the field of business administration. Through application and assessment, learners examine the knowledge and skills gained throughout the program, achievement of the program outcomes, their roles as individual responsible citizens and in encouraging corporate responsible citizenship, and their preparation for business leadership.

Prerequisites: All major courses. Prior study of professional communication recommended.

Foundation Requirements

CORE101: Developing Academic and Professional Strengths

How does higher education help create the type of person that businesses want to hire? Learners will explore the answer to this question, and in doing so, help lay the foundation for academic and professional success. Each learner will develop a core set of skills needed to be both an effective college student and a successful professional in the 21st‐century workplace. Learners will develop and practice practical strategies with which to become more efficient and effective learners, while also developing higher‐order learning skills to reflect on critical issues relevant to both academic and professional environments such as personal responsibility and ethics.

CORE110: Information Literacy

This course is designed to provide learners with the skills that are fundamental to becoming an information‐literate professional who can locate, evaluate, organize and communicate information. The abundance and rapid flow of data requires skill development in the understanding of information resources, accessing information sources, determining the credibility of Internet information, logically organizing sources and finally presenting the information professionally.

ENGL101: Composition 1

This course helps learners develop writing skills that are transferrable to any academic or workplace writing task. The course guides learners through the process of planning, drafting, revising, editing, and proofreading academic and workplace writing. Learners will develop skills necessary to craft coherent sentences and paragraphs, to edit editing their writing for proper spelling, grammar, and punctuation. They will learn about narrative structure and techniques as well as the elements of successful argumentation and persuasive discourse. This course also guides learners through every stage of the research process. Learners will develop a research plan, conduct research, organize and draft a research paper, and then revise, edit, and proofread that research paper.

ENGL102: Composition 2

This course builds on the thinking and writing skills introduced in Composition 1. Learners will write critical, argumentative essays based on their interpretations of nonfictional texts, including literary, film, and cultural texts, and in doing so, will recognize the role of rhetoric in the writing situation as they craft persuasive discourse. In doing so, they will learn methods of questioning, analyzing, and evaluating their own beliefs as well as the perceptions and perspectives of others. These methods of critical thinking are intended to improve the quality and organization of learners’ writing for any purpose, including academic and workplace purposes. In addition to writing essays, learners will develop more advanced research strategies, as well greater proficiency in APA style.

Prerequisite: ENGL101

COM 125: Speech

This course helps learners majoring in any discipline strengthen communication skills essential for success in academics and the workplace. Learners will focus on listening, evaluating, and delivering spoken discourse based on audience and purpose. Learners will evaluate why some people are more effective than others as public speakers, analyze speeches and audiences, study ethical considerations for speakers, research and organize findings on a topic, and present findings before an audience, and learn techniques for identifying and reducing speech anxiety. *COM125 is a pre-req for some classes in the program and not the program as a whole.

HUM 201: Ethics

Ethics introduces learners to moral philosophy, the branch of philosophy that questions what is good and bad. The course surveys a number of important ethical theories—ethical relativism, objectivism, egoism, altruism, utilitarianism, duty‐based moral theory, natural law, natural rights, and virtue ethics—as they examine reasons why certain actions are morally right or wrong. Learners will apply ethical theories in the evaluation and analysis of current controversial issues, question ethical matters from a variety of angles, and acquire new tools to assist them in making ethically sound, well‐informed decisions throughout their lives.

COM 301: Professional Communication

This course prepares learners to communicate effectively in business settings by helping them develop their written and oral communication skills. The course focuses on traditional and Web‐based forms of communication used in business today, including e‐mail, letters, memos, reports, proposals, and presentations. The course teaches learners to plan, write, and revise communications for a variety of audiences and in different mediums. It also teaches learners to communicate with greater clarity, economy of language, and vigor, as well as how to communicate professionally with employees, customers, and hiring managers. Learners will participate in interactive online activities and complete real‐world assessments that help them produce, evaluate, and improve their own written, oral, and multimedia communication skills.

Prerequisite: ENGL102. A final grade of C or higher for this course is required for learners to enroll in the capstone course.

*MASC110 Statistics & Probability, or MASC115 College Algebra, or more advanced college credit bearing mathematics course requiring college algebra or higher as a prerequisite

Disciplinary Perspective Requirements

  • Humanities (6 credits)
  • Natural Sciences/Mathematics (4 credits)
  • Social Sciences (6 credits)

Graduation Requirements

  1. Complete all foundation and major courses with an overall GPA of 2.0
  2. Complete a minimum of 124 credit hours, with at least 60 hours at a bachelor’s degree-granting institution
  3. Complete at least 30 credit hours with a C average or above from Southwestern College

All degree requirements are subject to change. Please see Southwestern College Professional Studies Catalog for the most current degree requirements.