Pursue your calling to be an equipped business leader with a Christian worldview.

Description:

 

The Associate of Arts in Business will help you become skilled in business and leadership. Students engage with experienced faculty and other students to develop practical business skills. The Associates program is for adults who want to equip themselves with a foundational business education from a real world perspective. Students learn from a Christian Worldview that prepares them to be morally and ethically grounded.

 

Career Opportunities:

 

This degree is applicable for entry level positions in many career fields in the business arena. It is especially designed for positions in organizations that focus on customer service, administration, supervision, and business leadership.

Core Classes

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Semester 1

GEN 121 - Personal and Bible Study Skills

This course empowers adult learners to make the transition back into education in the college environment. Learners will be introduced to communication, self-motivation, and critical thinking skills necessary for academic success.

Credits: 3

BUS 115 - Introduction to Computers

This course encourages adult learners to use technology as an effective communication avenue to research and present information for life and learning. Learners will gain experience with technology tools, including Microsoft® Word and PowerPoint that can be used throughout the student’s coursework to create documents and presentations and communicate those appropriately to academic and professional audiences.

Credits: 3

GEN 123 - College Writing and Research

This course emphasizes the tasks and skills involved in writing formal essays. The essay writing process is deconstructed into achievable milestones in order to increase writing proficiency. Grammar mechanics will be consistently practiced based on each student’s identified strengths and weaknesses. The course will conclude with an examination of types of writing found in the Bible.

Credits: 3

FIN 105 - Personal & Finance Management

(Previously LEA 271 Financial Stewardship) This course will provide a practical introduction to personal finance management and assist the student in being a good steward of God-given resources.  It addresses realistic ways to manage personal assets effectively.  Topics include the development of personal financial goals, planning  and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments;  insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax.

Credits: 3

Semester 2

HUM 133 - Philosophy and Worldview

This course addresses the fact that our culture is confronted with a vast assortment of differing philosophies and worldviews; each claiming to be true. Focus is provided to understand and evaluate these various belief systems in an increasingly pluralistic society. Main ideas of eight different worldviews will be explored while the student develops and expresses a personal worldview. Topics will center around the nature of God, reality, nature of man, death, truth, morality, and the meaning of life. The primary purpose of this course is to challenge students to examine the timeless truths of Christianity.

Credits: 3

SOC 123 - Empowerment Coaching

This course explores the biblical perspective, historical milestones, coaching principles, and conceptual models that define the theory and practice of Empowerment Coaching. Also, the process of learning and practicing best practices for coaching will take place during this course.

Credits: 3

BIB 143 - New Testament Survey

This course is a survey of the background and content of the New Testament with an emphasis on learning to ask questions that will give the student a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It is designed for students who desire to use the New Testament for the purposes intended by God both in their personal lives and in their teaching. The course is designed from a conservative, evangelical, and dispensational framework.

Credits: 3

HUM 131 - Introduction to Psychology

This course is a general survey of the discipline of psychology. Topics covered will include thinking critically, neuroscience, life span development, sensation and perception, learning, memory, thinking/language/intelligence, personality, psychological disorders, and social psychology. Attention will be given to the relationship between Psychology and Christianity with selected application for life and ministry.

Credits: 3

Semester 3

GEN 221 - Exploring God's World

This course is designed to provide a general overview of environmental science, with an emphasis on sound science, stewardship, and sustainability.  Topics include basic concepts of environmental science, relationships between living and nonliving things, human impact upon the environment, and care of earth’s resources to support future generations of living things. Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout this course, as these skills underlie one’s ability to carefully consider scientific concepts and their effects upon human interactions.  The study of environmental science is approached with an understanding of the grave responsibilities of human beings to practice wise stewardship of God’s creation.

Credits: 3

HUM 231 - World Civilizations

This course will provide students with skills in historical research and analysis, a chronological understanding and factual knowledge spanning from the dawn of civilization to 1700. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Africa, America, and Greco-Roman civilizations. In addition, Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures will be studied. The ultimate focus will be to provide students with a historical, factual, cultural, and geographical knowledge of ancient history and its relationship to the Bible. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments up to the early modern world civilizations within the interrelations of societies and cultures.

Credits: 3

HUM 233 - Cultural Diversity

This course is an exploration of cultural diversity and multiculturalism from a Christian faith perspective. This course provides a process to understand and practice cultural diversity competence.  It is designed to initiate and provide ongoing preparation for effective interaction with everyone in our culturally diverse world.  Growth in these skills equips individuals with the social graces needed to form bonds of mutual trust that will bridge the differences that ordinarily divide people.

Credits: 3

SPE 200 - Oral Communication

This course provides instruction and experience in preparing, delivering, and evaluating a self-introduction speech, an informative speech, and a persuasive speech.  Emphasis is on gaining skills and confidence in public speaking in academic, workplace, ministry, and community contexts.

Credits: 3

Semester 4

THE 256 - Christian Theology I

This course is a survey of foundational doctrines of systematic theology including Bibliology, Theology Proper (God), Christology (Christ) and Pneumatology (Holy Spirit). It will include an overview of the mid-Acts dispensational perspective of theology held by the institution. The course also encourages the practical integration of these doctrines in the life and service of the Christian.

Credits: 3

BUS 110 - Fundamentals of Business

This course provides an overview of the fundamental practices and issues involved in managing and operating a business in today’s marketplace. Areas of business explored in this course include various management theories, economic concepts, management and organization, human resources, sales and marketing, and operations. The course also examines the challenges of operating in both domestic and global markets, business ethics and business strategy.

Credits: 3

BUS 230 - Introduction to Finance

This course will provide opportunity to learn basic finance principles linking financial markets, institutions and investors. An overview of the flow of capital will be explored from the corporate perspective, including topics such as interest rates, stocks, bonds, risk and return, the time value of money, and the cost of capital.

Credits: 3

PSY 205 - Organizational & Industrial Psychology

This course will involve the study and application of the science and theory behind particular cognitions, attitudes, and techniques that are used to predict and manage human behavior within an organizational setting. The core methodologies covered include theories of motivation, cognitive psychology, leadership theories, ethics, performance management, team management, and organizational development.

Credits: 3

Semester 5

BUS 245 - Accounting I

This course is an introduction to the field of accounting and the role that accounting plays in business. Students will be introduced to journals, ledgers, postings, and adjusting/closing of the books. The course emphasis is on understanding the complete accounting cycle and preparing financial statements, bank reconciliations, and payroll.

Credits: 3

BUS 255 - Fundamentals of Business Law

This course provides an overview of the law as it pertains to business organizations. It will introduce the student to the legal system in its various forms and its impact on the legal environment of business. Topics include the Constitution and its historical foundation, ethics, business decision-making, alternative dispute resolution, torts, intellectual property, criminal law and cybercrimes, contracts, sales and lease, and employment law.

Credits: 3

BUS 260 - Global Issues in Business

This course familiarizes students with important considerations in conducting business in an increasingly global economy. It will help prepare students for positions in organizations engaged in global business.  Students will be exposed to some of the issues encountered in global business.  Key topics will include cultural issues, ethical issues, and political and economic issues.

Credits: 3

BUS 275 - Business Case Study

This course requires the student to utilize much of what he or she has already learned in previous courses and gives them the opportunity to apply that knowledge to the solution of an actual business issue in an organization of his or her choice.  The student will identify a significant business problem or issue in an organization that they know well.  The student will examine the issue using the knowledge they gained in previous courses and examine the related business literature to identify and make appropriate recommendations to address the problem or issue.  This course will culminate in a written case study exploring the identified problem, the relevant literature, and the proposed recommendations.

Credits: 3

Total Credits: 60

What Students Love

  • Experienced and highly rated faculty
  • A stimulating academic environment
  • Cohort groups with an average of 14 students provide maximum interaction and support from instructors
  • Cohorts meet 100% online in an efficient, accelerated program
  • Students from a variety of cultures and ministry backgrounds

 

Admission Requirements:

 

  • Admissions Application free to apply
  • Official Transcripts from all prior colleges where the student wishes to transfer college credits.

 

Length

  • 24 months

 

Credits

  • 60 Credits