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Business Associate Degree program curriculum

Our business associate degree program curriculum is both balanced and customizable. You will combine core education courses with specialized business classes and your choice of two electives. The result? A flexible, career-relevant education that fits your goals, your schedule, and your budget.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

C15 - Principles of Management  

This is an introduction to the principles and practices of management, with emphasis on the management functions of planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling. Topics also include effective leadership and motivational techniques, communication, social responsibility and ethics, managing change and conflict, and control.
Credit Hours: 3

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   C05 - Business Communication  

This course presents the basics of written communication in business. It also explores differences in approach and format for various business documents, and covers techniques for planning, researching, organizing and writing reports.
Credit Hours: 3

C06 - Business Ethics  

This course explores current ethical issues in the business world, including social and professional responsibilities, organizational relationships, employee rights and obligations, workplace discrimination, organizational culture and ethics in a global economy.
Credit Hours: 3

A01 - Introduction to Accounting  

This course reviews the fundamentals of double-entry bookkeeping and the debit/credit method of recording transactions. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Emphasis is placed on service concerns operating as sole proprietorships.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite for BU330

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in General Business program is designed to provide students with a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in general business. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Principles of Management, Business Ethics, and Principles of Marketing focus on preparing students for careers within the business field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Associate Degree in General Business program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply sound management principles to the functions of planning, organizing, leading, controlling, and decision making within a business.
  2. Identify and analyze the pertinent concepts and theories of law, ethical issues that arise, and the principles of legal reasoning.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of an accounting information system, the steps of the accounting cycle, and the application of GAAP.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of major theoretical perspectives and concepts, and their application to a variety of employee issues and responsibilities in contemporary business life.
  5. Demonstrate a foundation of computer and information systems knowledge, technical skills, and a basic understanding of computer applications.
  6. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speechcriticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad implications of technological innovationon social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Apply fundamental processes, theories, and methods to business communication in the workplace and the overall writing initiative.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Give your career an edge

As an Ashworth College student, you will have exclusive access to our full range of Career Tools. That includes resume workshops, personalized career guidance, and one-on-one interview coaching. You will also be able to explore The Ashworth EDGE, which helps students develop their personal brands and leverage the latest technological tools to enhance their job search.

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