Associate of Arts in Business Studies

A rigorous program that will prepare you for a four-year business degree.

Student talking in classroomA business degree from Landmark College will give students the fundamental skills and knowledge to compete successfully in today's business world — whether you're planning to immediately enter the workforce or continue your business studies. The program allows students to develop the skills required for all disciplines of business by completing a professional core, while at the same time providing students with the flexibility to explore various aspects of business including:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Economics
  • Finance

What Can You Do With A Business Degree?

Through our unique hands-on approach to business studies, students develop a basic knowledge of business needed for an entry-level administrative support or managerial position. Our associate degree also provides the groundwork to pursue continued studies at a four-year institution as a business major.

A business degree is one of the most sought-after degrees, preparing students for career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. From marketing and accounting to management and information technology, no other college in the country offers the depth of experience in teaching students with learning differences. Landmark College has a long and successful record of preparing students with learning differences to gain access to four-year degree programs and creating a foundation for a career in business.

Our goal is to prepare you to be an independent thinker with the skills necessary to analyze information to make sound decisions based on data and projections. Our degree will ensure that you develop the skills to:

  • Assess business opportunities
  • Communicate decisions effectively
  • Monitor the impact of business decisions
  • Become a successful business leader

The Curriculum

All business majors must complete the General Education Core, which provides a balanced exposure to the liberal arts, including English, arts and humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences. 

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Academic Concentrations

Students pursing an Associate Degree may elect to pursue an optional Academic Concentration at Landmark College in one of the following fields:

For all Academic Concentrations, at least 15 or more total credits are required. Grades of at least C are required in all courses. Only 6 transferred credits, if applicable to requirements, may be applied toward an Academic Concentration.

Academic Concentration in Business Studies - Course Requirements

1. BU1011 Introduction to Business

2. BU1111 Principles of Accounting I

3. Two 2000-level Business Department courses, excluding BU2991

4. One of the following:

  • EC2111 Essentials of Economics
  • EC2112 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • EC2113 Introduction to Macroeconomics

Academic Concentration in Communication - Course Requirements

1. At least one of the following, but no more than two: 

  • CO1011 Introduction to Communication (preferred)
  • CO1021 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication 
  • CO1061 Introduction to Mass Media 
  • CO1071 Introduction to Public Speaking

2.  Three of the following (or four if only one 1000-level Communications course is taken):

  • CO2022 Relationships and Relational Communication
  • CO2031 Leadership and Small Group Communication
  • CO2051 Intercultural Communication
  • CO2062 Oral Traditions and Media
  • CO2063 Internet, Culture and Communication
  • CO2064 Media Ethics
  • CO2065 Broadcast Journalism
  • CO2066 Journalism in the Digital Age
  • CO2067 Radio Production and Programming
  • CO2071 Professional Presentations
  • CO2082 Collaborative Negotiations
  • CO2084 Dialogue and Debate

Academic Concentration in Computer Science - Course Requirements

1. CS1221 Web Design and Development

2. CS1401 Introduction to Programming

3. Three of the following, of which only one Mathematics course is allowed:

  • CS2321 Introduction to 3-Dimensional Modeling
  • CS2401 Programming I
  • CS2501 Data Structures and Algorithms
  • CS Independent Study
  • MA2721 Calculus I
  • MA2751 Linear Algebra
  • MA2802 Calculus II

Academic Concentration in Creative Writing - Course Requirements

1. EN1061 Creative Writing

2. Two of the following:

  • EN2211 Creative Writing: Short Stories
  • EN2222 Creative Writing: Poetry
  • EN2233 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

3. Two of the following:

  • EN2051 Film Adaptations of Literature
  • EN2052 Beat Literature
  • EN2101 Science Fiction
  • EN2103 Short Fiction
  • EN2104 Shakespeare's Plays
  • EN2108 Contemporary American Poetry
  • EN2132 Environmental Literature
  • EN Special Topics

Academic Concentration in Education - Course Requirements

1. ED1011 Introduction to Education

2. ED2081 Pedagogy and Practice in Special Education

3. SS1011 Introduction to Psychology

4. SS2021 Child Development OR SS2031 Adolescent and Adult Development

5. SS2071 Educational Psychology

Academic Concentration in Entrepreneurship & Innovation - Course Requirements

1. BU1111 Principles of Accounting I

2. BU2011 Effective Business Communication

3. BU2021 Entrepreneurship and Innovation

4. BU2511 Introduction to Marketing

5. One of the following:

  • EC2111 Essentials of Economics
  • EC2112 Introduction to Microeconomics
  • EC2113 Introduction to Macroeconomics

Academic Concentration in Media Studies - Course Requirements

1. CO1011 Introduction to Communication OR CO1061 Introduction to Mass Media

2. One of the following:

  • AT1011 Two-Dimensional Design
  • AT1071 Designing for the Web
  • AT1321 Digital Photography I
  • AT1411 Video I

3. Three of the following:

  • AT2061 Creative Photoshop
  • AT2311 Black and White Photography II OR AT2411 Video II
  • AT2451 Film, Culture and Identity
  • CO2062 Oral Tradition and Media
  • CO2063 The Internet, Culture and Communication
  • CO2064 Media Ethics
  • CO2066 Journalism in the Digital Age
  • CO2067 Radio Production and Programming

Academic Concentration in Natural Science - Course Requirements

1. NS1011 Introduction to Biology: Cells and Organisms

2. NS1021 Introduction to Biology: Organisms and Environment

3. A minimum of 11 credits, of which at least 7 are at the 2000 level, of the following:

  • NS1111 Introduction to Chemistry
  • NS1211 Introduction to Physical Science
  • NS1311 Introduction to Geology
  • NS2001 Perspectives in Evolution
  • NS2011 Introduction to Anatomy and Physiology of the Human Body
  • NS2012* Nutrition and Health
  • NS2041 Field Biology of Northern New England, with lab
  • NS2042* Field Biology of Northern New England
  • NS2051 Aquatic Egology and Pollution
  • NS2061/SS2091* Biological Psychology
  • NS2221 Environmental Science
  • NS2231* Contemporary Issues in Science
  • NS2232* Introduction to Forensic Science
  • MA2701* Calculus I

Courses with an * are 3-credit courses and do not have a lab.

Academic Concentration in Psychology - Course Requirements

1. SS1011 Introduction to Psychology

2. MA1421 Statistics

3. SS2021 Child Development OR SS2031 Adolescent and Adult Development

4. Two of the following:

  • SS2051 Abnormal Psychology
  • SS2061 Positive Psychology
  • SS2071 Educational Psychology
  • SS2081 Cognitive Psychology
  • SS2091/NS2061 Biological Psychology
  • SS2711 Human Sexuality

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Roxanne Hamilton, M.Ed.
Chair, Business Department

Dr. Adrienne Major
Academic Dean