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Business Administration Bachelor's Degree Program

Charter Oak State College Business Administration

Become a manager with decision-making, leadership, teamwork and motivational skills.

Students completing a major in Business Administration will have an understanding of the global and business environment and the construct of an organization and how each interacts with government policies. They will also understand allocation of resources and the application of information technology. Students will acquire decision-making, leadership, teamwork and motivational skills to become managers with an awareness of differences related to culture, communications style and gender.

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Our Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree program requires a minimum of 45 credits, including 8 core courses (24 credits), 3 concentration courses (9 credits), and the Capstone course (3 credits). See the full requirements for our Business Administration major in our Official Catalog.

The course will help students perform financial analyses; derive information for personal or organizational decisions; and understand business, governmental, and other organizational entities. The concepts of assets, liabilities and equity will be studied in detail. Students will be exposed to ethical and global aspects as it affects the financial accounting practice. Topics include: financial statements, accounting cycles, reporting financial results, financial assets, stockholder equity, and retained earnings and cash flow.

This course provides a practical understanding of the use of accounting by management in planning and controlling operations in all functions of an enterprise, and in choosing among alternative courses of action. Students will use accounting and other quantitative and qualitative concepts to prepare reports for decision-making purposes. Topics covered include revenue analysis; business progress evaluation; preparation of operating budgets; and evaluation of capital investment proposals. Students will be exposed to the ethical and global aspects of managerial accounting as they affect performance and investment evaluations.

Prerequisite: ACC 101

This course deals with those aspects of law which affect businesses. It covers fundamental elements of the legal system, and uses professional negligence as the vehicle for demonstrating the system of judicial precedent; the essentials of establishing and performing simple contracts and the remedies available in the event of a breach; the essential characteristics of the various forms of business relationships and the nature of property, instruments and devises.

This course is focused on the disciplines within the four functions of management: planning, organizing, leading and controlling. There will be four team assignments in this course.

This course will provide an understanding of how information technologies gather, store, process and communicate information. The course combines a conceptual understanding of the technology necessary for success in the information age, along with an understanding of the hardware and software required for an organization to successfully utilize technology. Attention will also be given to the legal, social and ethical uses of technology.

This course examines the basic principles of marketing and the tools marketers use to motivate consumers to buy products and services. Additional topics include marketing in a global economy, marketing research, internet marketing and marketing information systems.

This course focuses on basic finance. Major emphasis is placed on financial statements and ratio analysis; working capital management; capital budgeting; stocks and bonds evaluation; and financial planning and forecasting.

Recommended Prerequisites: ACC 101 or a Principles of Accounting course

This course is focused on information about people and their behavior within the context of a working environment: motivation, learning, communication, feedback, influence, and stress-coping techniques.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, MGT 101

This is a senior capstone course for business administration majors. The student can have no more than 6 credits remaining in their major to complete in their degree program prior to enrolling in this course. The goal of the course is to apply and synthesize all previous course learning to manage organizations strategically. Strategic management of organizations is a complex endeavor encompassing the central question: Why do some companies succeed while others fail? The course will require students to examine this question by integrating knowledge from prior business courses, while simultaneously learning and applying new organizational management concepts, principles, frameworks and methodologies. Students in this course apply multi-disciplinary techniques to diagnose and recommend actions appropriate to specific company situation, using the case method of teaching.

Prerequisites: ENG 101, ENG 102, ACC 101, ACC 102, BUS 120, FIN 210, ITE 101, MGT 101, MKT 220, & MGT 315

Students enrolled in the Business Administration major will earn 9 of their credits in one of these five concentrations:

  • Small Business
  • Project Management
  • Human Resources
  • Organizational Management
  • General Business - this concentration will be developed with your Academic Advisor

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a major in Business Administration will be able to:

  1. Explain the global environment, including:
    • The functioning of market systems, including their role in effective allocation and their reaction to information.
    • The interactions of government policies and spending, monetary and fiscal policy, financial markets and institutions and the interaction of economics.
    • The institutions and the interaction of economies.
    • The basis and impact of government regulations and policy, including environmental policy, on markets.
  2. Analyze the impact of social, cultural and political differences in world markets.
  3. Demonstrate the relationships among the functional areas of an organization, including the ability to:
    • Explain in the nature and construct of an organization.
    • Assess the information technology needs of an organization.
    • Explain the process of resource allocation within an organization.
    • Identify and satisfy the needs of the consumer.
    • Create strategic processes necessary for a successful organization.
    • Explain plan development and performance measurement.
  4. Utilize decision-making skills.
  5. Demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills, which include:
    • Working with individuals and in groups; organizing and motivating groups to complete the tasks necessary to serve the stakeholders of the organization.
    • Assessing and adjusting for differences related to culture.
  6. Explain how you would apply ethical principles in both strategy formulation and day-to-day operations.

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Additional Earnings

Bachelor’s degree holders make $1 million more on average over their lifetime compared to their peers who have only a high school degree.*


Employees with a bachelor’s degree now make up 57 percent of total wages earned. **

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99 percent of jobs created since the recession (December 2007 - June 2009) went to individuals with at least some postsecondary education.**

* Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz Do the Benefits of College Still Outweigh the Costs?
** Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce America’s Divided Recovery: College Haves and Have-Nots, 2016

*** Broken a:238430 www: CTA Undergrad - Request Info and Contact Info - BS4 ***

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