Courses in the General Business Online Degree Completion Program

The program is structured to be flexible and convenient. It consists of courses in accounting, finance, information systems, management and marketing - the core business components. Each course is offered two times a year, in two of the following terms: fall, spring and summer. These courses run in eight-week blocks, so a full-time student can take four courses each term, but focus at any given time on just two in a block (two eight week blocks make up a term).

The program also accommodates students who want to take courses on a part-time basis. Although each course is expected to be completed by the end of the 8-week block in which it is offered, the degree program is entirely self-paced to afford a student the option of slowing down by taking a lighter course load or speeding up by taking a heavier class load. The program requires a minimum of 18 courses or 49 units or up to 20 courses and 55 units depending on writing proficiency. Writing proficiency is established by taking the WPA - no waivers available. (See FAQ for more info or contact us.)

Breakdown of Classes

Business Courses 

Theories, practices, and concepts to provide planning and control information to decision makers; tax considerations that impact managerial planning and decision making.
Theoretical concepts and dimensions of ethics in business decisions. Ethics of decision alternatives using different approaches and philosophies, with application of an integrative ethical decision model to cases from various business sub disciplines.
Introduction to the program of study leading to the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Integration of various business disciplines to accomplish strategic goals. Presentation of the concept of global awareness, one of the fundamental pillars of global competency necessary in today's business world.
Objectives of financial management. Financing the business enterprise. Internal financial management. Introduction to the cost of capital, valuation, dividend policy, leverage, international finance, and the techniques of present value and its applications. Sources of capital.
Human behavior at individual, interpersonal, and group levels including effect of organization structure on behavior. Emphasis on managerial roles, historical evolution of management, ethics, and behavior in multicultural contexts.
Managerial concepts and quantitative methods associated with the design, execution, and management of operations and supply chain systems.
Function of marketing in organizations and society. Strategic marketing planning in domestic and global settings to include marketing concepts, consumer behavior, market research, product planning, pricing, distribution, promotion, and influence of the external environment on marketing decisions.
Prepare students for careers after college and transition from college to career. Personal preparation and analysis of identification of best career options for each student.
Integration of business administration principles and concepts for strategy design, implementation, and control in domestic and global markets. Establishment of top management policy emphasized through case studies, experiential exercises, and simulations.
Measures of risk and return. Methods of security analysis, valuation, and capital asset pricing model. Portfolio theory and management; stocks, bonds, options, and futures; hedging; mutual funds and partnerships; and investment taxation.
Acquisition, development, maintenance, and termination of human resources in accordance to goals of the organization.
Leadership, communicating vision, initiating changes and innovation, and developing leadership competencies through self-assessment.

Origins and strategies of abstract and theoretical approaches to bargaining and negotiation in business situations faced by managers and leaders.

Methodology for applying database management systems in design of information systems. Analysis of database applications from perspectives of system users and systems analysts.
Consumer behavior concepts and theories for developing, implementing, and assessing marketing strategy. Psychological, social, and environmental factors in understanding of needs, wants, preferences, and decision making related to consumption behaviors. 

General Education Courses

Food and nutrient classifications, functions, requirements, and recommendations. Relationship of nutrition to health, fitness, performance, and disease. Menus and recipes, food packaging labels, nutrition literature.
Ethical issues of contemporary life. Individualism vs. collectivism; democracy vs. dictatorship; ethical problems arising in law, medicine, business, government and interpersonal relationships.
Concepts, definitions, and measures of essential cultural components of tourism. Integrated view of interrelated socio-cultural tourism issues with an understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures.

Writing Courses

Academic prose, emphasizing purposes, structures, and styles of academic writing, with particular emphasis on elements of argument. Designed to improve students' ability to plan, draft, revise, and edit essays, as well as to improve their ability to read and analyze complex academic texts.
Composing effective texts and presentations for a wide range of business purposes, audiences, settings, and genres. Enhancing critical reading and writing skills by exploring how content contributes to meaning and effectiveness in business documents.

Suggested Schedules

Fall Entry

Year 1

Block Fall Spring Summer
1
  • BA 300 Ethical Decision Making in Business (1 unit)
  • BA 310 Foundations of Business in a Global Environment (1 unit)
  • BA 350 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 units)
  • BA 360 Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 units)
  • RWS 280 Academic Reading and Writing (3 units)
  • BA 323 Fundamentals of Finance               (3 units)
2
  • BA 370 Marketing (3 units)
  • ACCTG 325 Intermediate Managerial and Tax Accounting (3 units)
  • MGT 352 Human Resource Management (3 units)
  • FIN 327 Investments (3 units)


Year 2

Block Fall Spring Summer
1
  • RWS 390W Writing in a Business Setting (3 units)
  • MIS 380 Data Management Systems       (3 units)
  • MGT 434 Business Negotiation (3 units)
  • PHIL 329 Social Ethics (3 units)
  • RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism (3 units)
2
  • MKTG 371 Consumer and Buyer Behavior (4 units)
  • BA 402 Exploration of Business Career Development (1 unit)
  • BA 405 International Business Strategy and Integration (3 units)
  • MGT 475 Leadership in Organizations (3 units)
  •  NUTR 313 Contempory Nutrition
     (3 units)

 

Spring Entry

Year 1

Block Fall Spring Summer
1  
  • BA 300 Ethical Decision Making in Business        (1 unit)
  • BA 310 Foundations of Business in a Global Environment (1 unit)
  • BA 350 Management and Organizational Behavior (3 units)
  • BA 360 Introduction to Operations and Supply Chain Management (3 units)
  • RWS 280 Academic Reading and Writing (3 units)
2  
  • BA 323 Fundamentals of Finance (3 units)
  • BA 370 Marketing (3 units)
  • ACCTG 325 Intermediate Managerial and Tax Accounting (3 units)

Year 2

Block Fall Spring Summer
1
  • RTM 404 Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Tourism (3 units)
  • MIS 380 Data Management Systems (3 units)
  • RWS 390W Writing in a Business Setting (3 units)
  • MGT 434 Business Negotiation (3 units)
  • PHIL 329 Social Ethics (3 units)
2
  • MGT 352 Human Resource Management (3 units)
  • FIN 327 Investments (3 units)
  • MKTG 371 Consumer and Buyer Behavior (4 units)
  • BA 402 Exploration of Business Career Development (1 unit)
  • MGT 475 Leadership in Organizations     (3 units)

Year 3

Block Fall Spring Summer
1
  • BA 405 International Business Strategy and Integration (3 units)
   
2
  • NUTR 313 Contemporary Nutrition
    (3 units)