Business Studies

Program Description

A wide variety of programs are offered for both transfer and career-focused students. Employment certificates of performance, certificates of achievement and associate degree programs are available to students interested in entry-level employment or in upgrading business skills.

Program Emphasis

The Business Studies department offers five program areas. These include the Business Studies Transfer area and four areas with entry level vocational coursework: Small Business Accounting, Small Business Management, Retail Management, and Real Estate. There are many certificates in each area that students may take to prepare them for certain job skills. However only one associate degree can be awarded. A student must choose an associate degree in Transfer or Small Business Accounting or Small Business Management, Retail Management, or Real Estate. See each area for course requirements for specific vocations.


Career opportunities available upon successful completion of each of the Business Studies awards are described in each area section. Most careers listed may require education beyond the associate degree level.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the program will be able to:

  • Analyze, organize, and compose various types of written and oral business communications.
  • Develop clear, concise, and persuasive letters, memorandum, and reports.
  • Understand the legal system and apply laws that govern business in America-including judicial and administrative systems, ethics, contracts, torts, bankruptcy, agency, business organizations, security regulations, regulation of property, and protection of intellectual property interest-to evaluate legal solutions to various business situations.
  • Analyze and solve business problems using computers and software packages including data processing systems, decision support systems, and systems analysis.
  • Study macro-economic situations and analyze how changes in income levels, employment and output, economic stability and growth, fiscal and monetary policy affect decision-making in business organizations.
  • Articulate, analyze, and evaluate their own beliefs/ positions in the context of meaningful philosophical inquiry and use these beliefs to successfully manage a business organization.
  • Develop entry-level job skill sets in one or more areas-tax preparation, bookkeeping, owning and operating a small business, managing in a retail environment, or real estate sales person.
  • Develop critical thinking skills required for transfer in business administration, accounting, economics, finance, or real estate.