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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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AAS Associate of Applied Science Degree 

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.

A certificate or diploma is a credential showing completion of a select group of courses that focus on job skills preparation in a 9– or 10–month format. These programs may be used toward completion of an AAS degree.

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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