Associate in Arts (A.A.) Degree Business Administration


Program Description


The Business Administration program is specifically designed to prepare students to transfer to those business schools that are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). In keeping with the AACSB's educational philosophy, this program requires a strong foundation in higher level mathematics and quantitative reasoning that underlies business administration.

(Note: It is recommended that students desiring a more inclusive foundation in the business disciplines with less emphasis on higher level mathematics select the Business program, which is also a transfer program.)

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will be able to:

  • Prepare, analyze, interpret and discuss an entity's basic financial statements verbally and in writing.
  • Discuss the legal, economic and social impact of business decisions.
  • Quantitatively evaluate the impact of business decisions, activities and events.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and discuss the role business has historically taken in different societal and economic systems.

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are required to take the College's placement test at their time of admission. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as part of their degree program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree in Business Administration, a student must complete a minimum of 61 credit hours as prescribed, earning a "C" or better grade in all courses and earning at least a 2.0 GPA. Most receiving institutions require a higher grade point average. To learn more about requirements of specific four-year schools, students should contact an advisor within the Business Administration program, the Career and Transfer Center here at Community College of Philadelphia or the four-year college to which they intend to transfer.

Business Administration Course Sequence

First Semester

  • MNGT 121 - Introduction to Business
  • ACCT 101 - Financial Accounting
    • MATH 162 - Precalculus II 1, 2
    • or MATH 171 - Calculus I 1, 2
  • ENGL 101 - English Composition I
  • ECON 181 - Principles of Economics (Macroeconomics)

Second Semester

  • ENGL 102 - The Research Paper
  • Math 171 - Calculus I 1, 2 or
  • Math 172 - Calculus II 1, 2
  • ACCT 102 - Managerial Accounting
  • ECON 182 - Principles of Economics (Microeconomics)
  • CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology

Third Semester

  • ECON 112 - Statistics I
  • MNGT 141 - Principles of Management
  • Laboratory Science1
  • Social Science1

Fourth Semester

  • MNGT 262 - Business Law
  • MKTG 131 - Principles of Marketing
  • Business Elective1 Select one:
    • ECON 114 - Statistics II
    • FIN 151 - Risk Management and Insurance
  • MNGT 142-Management Information Systems
  • History Elective1
  • Humanities1

1 Select based on transfer institution's requirements.

2 Must complete one of the following 2-course sequences in Math: MATH 162 & MATH 171 or MATH 171 & MATH 172, required by intended transfer institution.

General Education Requirements

All General Education requirements are met through required courses (as indicated above) except for the Writing Intensive requirement, the Interpretive Studies requirement and the American/Global Diversity requirement. Therefore, in order to graduate, students in this program must choose one course that is designated Writing Intensive, one course that is designated Interpretive Studies and one course that is designated American/Global Diversity. The same course may be used to fulfill more than one of these requirements.

Last updated January 2018

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