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Business Administration

Gain a solid foundation in key business areas with the Business Administration program at Arapahoe Community College.

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Through ACC’s focused Associate of Applied Science degrees in Business Administration, you gain the business, management, entrepreneurship, and marketing skills you need to be successful in business. Courses offer opportunities to experience leadership, negotiation, networking, and a variety of other skills that are highly valued in the workplace. With a business-focused certificate or degree, you will be prepared to join the workforce or continue your education at a 4-year university. 

Connie Strain
Department Chair
Business Administration
connie.strain [at] arapahoe.edu

What You'll Learn

The business program offers the skills you need to be successful in your education and your career. Whichever concentration area you choose to study, once you graduate, you will be able to:

  • Write properly structured and organized business documents.
  • Examine a business problem and design a course of action
  • Use correct business terms

Depending on your focus, you may also learn how to:

  • Develop a business opportunity (Entrepreneurship)
  • Examine the use of financial statements for planning and monitoring financial decisions. (Finance)
  • Explain the universal management functions of directing, planning, organizing, and controlling (Management)
  • Develop the appropriate marketing mix to capitalize on a marketing opportunity (Marketing)
  • Contrast cultural differences between domestic and international business (International Business)

CIP 240101 (BSTR)

The purpose of a statewide articulation agreement is to identify the courses a student at a Colorado public community college must complete as part of an AA/AS degree to be guaranteed to be able to complete the designated baccalaureate degree program at any public four-year college and university (hereafter referred to as receiving institutions) that offers that program within the minimum number of credits designated by the Colorado Commission on Higher Education.

For more information about this transfer degree please refer to the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Program Requirements

General Education Courses (37 credit hours)
Written Communication (6 credit hours)
Arts and Humanities (6 credit hours)
  • GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Arts & Humanities courses (GT-AH1, GT-AH2, GT-AH3, GT-AH4)
History (3 credit hours)
  • GT - One Guaranteed Transfer History Course (GT-HI1)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours)
Natural and Physical Sciences (8 credit hours)

GT - Two Guaranteed Transfer Natural and Physical Sciences courses (GT-SC1, GT-SC2)

Additional Required Courses (23 credit hours)
Note(s):

Any additional courses taken in the discipline covered by this agreement might not count toward the requirements of the major at the receiving institution.

Total: 60 credit hours

Transferability of courses to colleges or universities outside of Colorado is determined by the receiving institution.

CIP 520201 (BAEC)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership. Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Concentration (9 credit hours)

The Entrepreneurship Concentration is designed to prepare those interested in a career in owning or managing a business, as well as to enhance the skills of those already involved in entrepreneurship. The courses are designed to stimulate the entrepreneurial spirit by giving the student the knowledge and ability needed to profitably respond to the environment of the small businessperson.

Students must choose 9 credit hours from any course with an ENP prefix, or other with Department Chair Approval

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (BAFI)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership.

Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Concentration (9 credit hours)

The Finance Concentration prepares students for entry-level positions in a broad range of business occupations. It continues the students' exposure to major areas in the business world, as well as giving the student flexibility in designing a program to fit his or her specific needs.

Student must choose 9 credit hours from the following: MAN 225 - Managerial Finance, BUS 116 - Personal Finance, ENP 207 - Entrepreneurship Financial Topics, INV 115 - Investments/Stocks and Bonds, BUS 288 - Practicum, or other with Department Chair approval

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (BSBS)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership.

Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Concentration (9 credit hours)

The General Business Concentration prepares students for entry-level positions in a broad range of business occupations. It continues the students' exposure to major areas in the business world, as well as giving the student flexibility in designing a program to fit his or her specific needs.

Student must choose 9 credit hours from the following: Any course(s) with the prefixes: ACC, BTE, BUS, CIS, FIN, MAN, MAR, or other with Department Chair approval

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (BAIF)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership.

Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Concentration (9 credit hours)

The International Business and Foreign Language Concentration is designed to prepare students for careers in international business. The courses introduce students to a selected foreign language, to contemporary international business concepts and to cultural diversity in business.

Student must choose BUS 203 - Introduction to International Business from the major course list, BUS 241 - Cultural Diversity in Business, BUS 285 - Independent Study and any 5-credit foreign language course or other with Department Chair approval

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (MAN)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership.

Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Concentration (9 credit hours)

The Management Concentration prepares students for entry-level positions in business, government and nonprofit organizations. For those who are already managers, the Concentration is designed to improve and broaden their skills by keeping abreast of the most current technological and theoretical aspects of Management.

Students must choose 9 credit hours from any course with a MAN prefix, or other with Department Chair approval.

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (MANM)

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Administration is designed to provide students with the skills needed in diverse public and private organizations. The program provides the business, management and marketing skills necessary for success in entry-level positions requiring foundations of greater responsibility, authority and leadership. Students who complete the program will be viewed by potential employers as having a broad-based education necessary for today's team-oriented and globally-competitive environment.

The Business Administration program prepares students for careers in business, as well as providing students with instructional resources for the purpose of ongoing enhancement of skills. This program may transfer to other Colleges or universities and apply toward a bachelor's degree. Contact the ACC Advising Office or a Faculty Advisor in Business Administration for details.

Program Requirements

Marketing Concentration (9 credit hours)

The Marketing Concentration prepares students for entry-level positions which deal with directing the activities of the organization toward the satisfaction of consumer wants and needs. This involves an understanding of consumer behavior; promotional, sales and pricing strategies; product management; and physical distribution, all of which prepare the student for a wide variety of opportunities.

Student must choose 9 credit hours from any course with a MAR prefix, or other with Department Chair approval.

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 521803 (RMNG)

This program is designed to provide students with the necessary skills to advance into management positions in the retail industry or to improve their current retail managerial skills. The program provides students with the business background needed to interact with vendors, handle marketing and strategic planning as well as manage staff.

Program Requirements

Total: 60 credit hours

CIP 520201 (BUSB)

The Business Administration certificate offer opportunities for students to add a wide range of business related courses to their expertise in order to advance in their jobs, to enhance skills needed in the workforce sectors, and to excel in endeavors involving self-employment and entrepreneurship.

Program Requirements

Major Courses (12 credit hours)

Choose one of the following Concentration areas:

General Business Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the following prefixes: BUS, ENP, MAN, MAR or other with Department Chair approval

Management Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credits hours from the MAN prefix or other with Department Chair approval

Marketing Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the MAR prefix or other with Department Chair approval

Entrepreneur Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the ENP prefix or other with Department Chair approval

Human Resources Management Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the following: MAN 128, MAN 200, MAN 201 and MAN 226 or other with Department Chair approval.

Finance Concentration (12 credit hours)

Choose 12 credit hours from the following: MAN 225, BUS 116, ENP 207, INV 115, BUS 288, or other with Department Chair approval.

Total: 24 Credit Hours

CIP 520201 (PJMC)

This certificate is designed to enable individuals to initiate, plan, execute and control project events and to bring project events to a timely conclusion. The certificate concentrates on teaching task specialists to work cross-functionally and in ad hoc project teams. Courses may be able to be applied to the A.A.S. degree in Business Administration

Program Requirements

Job Potential

Getting your degree and/or certificate in Business Administration provides you with many career paths. Depending on your area of focus and your goals, the ACC Business Administration program prepares you for a wide range of business careers, including:

Business Administration Focus Areas

ACC offers a wide range of concentrations in the Business Administration program. Whether you want to begin your career or transfer to a 4-year college or university to get your bachelor’s degree or beyond, the Business Administration program will get you there! Visit with your advisor or the Career & Transfer Center to help you decide the path that is best for you.

Business Transfer Major AA

The Business Transfer Major AA, prepares you to transfer to any 4-year college or university in Colorado to pursue a bachelor’s degree in business. Visit the Colorado Department of Higher Education website to learn more about Colorado’s guaranteed transfer and guided degree pathways.

Business Administration AAS

(Concentrations in General Business, Finance, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and International Business & Foreign Language)

Getting your Business Administration Degree provides you with the foundational skills you need to begin an exciting career, start your own business, advance in your current job or continue your education at select 4-year institutions.

Business Administration Certificate

The Business Administration Certificate offers you the opportunity to add a wide range of business related courses to advance in your job, to enhance skills needed in the workforce, and to excel in self-employment.