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Business Administration

Looking for a career in business?  Earn your associate of applied science degree in business administration at SWCC!  Southwestern's business administration curriculum has a general education core with specific course work in business, accounting, economics, management, and law. 

SWCC business administration graduates display a knowledge of business concepts required for today's ever-changing business environment with a background in critical thinking skills and team building.

NOTE: If you plan to transfer to a four-year college or university for a bachelor's degree,  the Associate of Arts degree with a business major is recommended.

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The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree is a specialized degree that can be used for immediate entry into the workplace.  Emphasis is placed on competence of applying basic principles, theories, and occupational skills.  These are two-year programs.

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A certificate is awarded following successful completion of a select group of career courses in a four- to six-month format.

Business Leadership Certificate

The leadership certificate is designed for working professionals who are preparing themselves for leadership positions in government, business or not-for-profit organizations. It balances practical leadership skills with a strong business foundation. 

Potential Careers

  • Banking
  • Financial management
  • Insurance
  • Marketing
  • Purchasing
  • Tourism
  • Government
  • Accounting
  • Business owner

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  • ACC 131 Principles of Accounting I
  • BUS 102 Introduction to Business
  • CSC 110 Introduction to Computers
  • ACC 132 Principles of Accounting II
  • BCA 152 Comprehensive Spreadsheets
  • BUS 185 Business Law I
  • MGT 101 Principles of Management
  • ECN 120 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • SPC 101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
  • WBL 110 Employability Skills
  • BUS 186 Business Law II
  • MKT 110 Principles of Marketing
  • ECN 130 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BUS 238 Business Problem Solving

Click on the course number in the list above to view the course description. This may not be a complete list of courses that may be included for the Business Administration program. To see all courses in a semester-by-semester plan, view the Business Administration program course outline.

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Degree requirement advising sheet

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Describe our business system, economic system, our legal aspects and the social responsibility of business.
  • Identify the characteristics of the sole proprietorship, the partnership, the corporation, and the cooperative forms of business ownership and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each form.
  • Participate in class activities that will develop oral and written communication skills, group work skills, and problem solving skills.
  • Understand the use of accepted accounting procedures for all levels of business activity and in all sizes of businesses from the small sole proprietorship to the large highly organized corporations.
  • Discuss how businesses account for their finances and report financial information to the public.
  • Explain the key aspects of managing a business, including information, supervisory, and inventory management along with the use of computer.

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