Adult Degree Completion: Business Track Degree Program

The Business Professional Studies track is a degree completion program designed for adult learners with some college and business work experience who desire to advance their careers.  Employment opportunities exist for leaders who understand business accounting, computer applications, insurance regulations, as well as management and marketing application.  

Business Professional track graduates will possess the skills in business or non-profit organizations to serve as: 

  • Office Managers
  • Customer Service Representatives
  • Retail Merchandisers
  • Store Managers
  • Sale Executives

Business Professional Studies graduates will gain competency in employer desired instruction related to

  • Critical and creative thinking
  • Oral and written communications
  • Leadership
  • Social intelligence
  • Professional job skills

Earning a degree in the Professional Business Track will provide a competitive advantage in securing a full-time position at a higher salary. 

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Adult Degree Completion Curriculum

Total Hours: 120

Core Competency: 18 hours
Professional Track: 18 - 20 hours
General Education: 36 hours
University Wellness Requirement: 3 hours
Free Electives: 43 – 45 hours

University ACCT and Exit Requirement: included in Core Competency
University Writing Intensive Requirement: included in Core Competency
Student Success Seminar: waived for students with > 30 hours.

Core Competency Courses (18 hours)

(All students take the core courses)

Business Professional Track Courses(18 hours)

Course Descriptions

CRE 101W Introduction to Applied Creativity

(3) A. Prerequisite or Co-requisite ENG 102. An introductory course establishing a foundation in creative thinking through instruction in basic theories and practices. Concentration on basic language and fundamental and powerful concepts in creativity studies.

EES 250 Basic Social Intelligence Skills

(3) I. II. A focus on human relationships and researched based social skills. Students learn to operationalize theories into social intelligence skills and practice initiating, observing, listening, evaluating, and responding in ways that promote positive interactions and relationships. Gen. Ed. Element 1C [OC].

EES 300 Advanced Social Intelligence Skills

(3) I, II. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Prerequisite or Co-requisite: EES 250 or departmental approval. This is an advanced course that builds on the core skills presented in Basic Social Intelligence Skills. It provides additional knowledge and skills for successfully engaging in more complex social and professional interactions and relationships.

EES 310 Applied Critical Thinking

(3) A. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. This course will address the application of critical thinking skills within various fields of study. Students will learn critical thinking skills and how to integrate them into a successful career.

GSD 399 Professional Skill Development

(3) Prerequisites: Junior standing. Will help students recognize and build skills needed for desired career fields. Topics include: job search, resumes, cover letters, interview skills, and making connections between academic experiences and professional goals.

EES 450 Leaders Without Titles

(3) I. II. This course focuses on the personal dimensions that are needed to form the foundation of one’s competencies and abilities to lead self and others.

ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting

(3) I, II. Prerequisite: MAT 105 or higher. A user’s approach to understanding financial accounting and reporting, emphasizing how creditors, investors, and others use accounting information in decision making and why financial accounting information is important to these users.

ACC 202 Introduction to Managerial Accounting

(3) I, II. Prerequisite: ACC 201 with a grade of “C” or better. A study of the objectives, preparation and uses of managerial accounting information primarily from a user perspective. Emphasis on measurement, allocation, and reporting of costs to identify and solve business problems.

CIS 212 Introduction to Computer Information Systems

(3) I, II. Introduction to computer hardware and software systems, the Internet, HTML, and microcomputer applications including spreadsheets, word processing, database, presentation graphics, electronic mail, and Web browsing. Credit will not be awarded for both CIS 212 and CSC 104

RMI 370 Principles of Risk and Insurance

(3) I, II. Formerly INS 370. Theory and practice of insurance and its economic and social significance; basic life, health, and property liability insurance for organizations and families; review of the major lines of insurance. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for INS 370.

MGT 300 Principles of Management

(3) I, II. Prerequisites: ACC 201, 202, and ECO 230 with a grade of “C” or better in each course; junior standing (a minimum of 60 hours) with an overall minimum 2.0 GPA. Management principles with emphasis on organization theory and behavior, human resources and diversity, communications, production/operations management and quality issues, business ethics, development of management thought, management in the global arena, and management careers.

MKT 301 Principles of Marketing

(NB) (3) A. Prerequisite: junior standing (at least 60 hours) with an overall GPA of 2.0. Not for students majoring or minoring in business. Overview of strategic processes involved in marketing goods and services to global markets; study of behavioral, organizational, and consumer variables in decision processes; use of the marketing mix and marketing information to affect buyer decisions. Credit will not be awarded for both MKT 300 and 301.

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