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Associate of Arts in Business Studies

Up-to-date preparation for today’s entry-level managerial position.

The Professional Studies business program provides students with a basic understanding of the business environment, management theory, marketing, and accounting practices. The Associate of Arts in Business Studies degree prepares them to seek entry-level managerial positions or to transfer to a four-year institution as business majors.

What Can You Do With A Business Degree?

A business degree is one of the most sought-after degrees, preparing students for career opportunities in both the public and private sectors. 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

Learn more about the A.A. in Business Studies Degree

  • Landmark College has a long and successful record of preparing neurodiverse students to gain a foundation for a career in business.

    From marketing and accounting to management and information technology, no other college in the country offers the depth of experience in teaching students who learn differently.

    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.

  • With an emphasis upon leadership and collaboration, our co-curricular opportunities build community and support campus life.

    • Check out the Idea Lab, our makerspace, to explore both high- and low-tech tools and techniques and engage in projects ranging from robotics to Legos to crafts.
    • Try out the Adobe Publishing Suite in the Mini Lab to generate polished videos and multimedia promotional materials.
    • Gain experience and build your resume by serving on the executive board of the TV Studio. 
    • Earn credit with our one-credit courses such as Digital Storytelling, Launch a Business, or Editorial Leadership.
    • Participate in our Annual Pitch Contest to gain start-up funds to test new business initiatives and enterprises.
  • Learning by Doing!

    The business program’s emphasis upon hands-on learning leads to many credit-bearing internship opportunities, both on-campus and off.

    Recent internships include: 

    • Grocery Marketing & Retail Management
    • Real Estate Assistant
    • Small Venue Management
    • Sports Broadcasting Production
    • Social Media Specialist
    • TV Production and Archive Assistant
    • Event Planning and Promotion
    • Brand Writing and Web Design

    The college has partnerships with the following organizations that offer neurodiverse friendly supportive workforce and internship programs:

    • Broad Futures
    • Dynamy
    • Disability IN
    • Neurodiversity Pathways
    • Hasbro
  • A rigorous program that will prepare you for the next stage of your career

    A 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
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Economics
    • Finance

    Path into B.A. COMEL: Communication & Entrepreneurial Leadership degree:

    • Focus on project management
    • Strength in entrepreneurship
    • Connection between economic and everyday life
    • Workplace leadership and management skills
    • Marketing as two-way business communication
  • Curriculum

    To earn the A.A. in Business Studies degree, students must complete 61 credits:

    • 27 major required courses
      • 15 major required credits
      • 12 major required credits that also count toward general education,
    • 19 additional credits to complete the general education requirements, 
    • 15 open electives

    Major Requirements: 27 credits

    • ACC1011 Principles of Accounting I: (Quantitative Reasoning Gen Ed Req.) 3 credits.
    • ACC2011 Principles of Accounting II: 3 credits
    • BUS1011 Introduction to Business: 3 credits
    • COM1011 Introduction to Communication: (Gen Ed Req.) 3 credits
    • COM2021 Interpersonal Communication (Gen Ed Req.): 3 credits
    • EDU2061 Education and Identity: 3 credits
    • MGT2011 Principles of Management: 3 credits
    • Economics Requirement: ECN2021 Microeconomics OR ECN2031 Macroeconomics (Social Science Gen Ed Req); 3 credits
    • Internship/Alternative Experience: 3 credits

    General Education Requirements: 19 credits

    • WRT1011 Composition and Rhetoric: 3 credits
    • WRT1012 Research and Analysis: 3 credits
    • EDU1011 Perspectives in Learning: 3 credits
    • Mathematics Distribution Elective (as indicated through placement exam): 3 credits
    • Humanities: 3 credits
    • Natural Science with Lab course: 4 credits

    Open Electives: 15 credits

    15 credits any level.

  • A.A. in Business Studies Goals and Outcomes:

    Develop an understanding of business fundamentals

    • Describe how the U.S. business system is organized
    • Distinguish the ways business influences change

    Develop leadership skills

    • Apply management principles to achieve organizational goals
    • Apply management concepts to achieve organizational objectives
    • Use interpersonal skills to interact as a team
    • Demonstrate decision making skills

    Understand basic marketing theory

    • Describe the marketing function in U.S. business
    • Demonstrate consumer and business decision making

    Learn about quantitative aspects of U.S. business

    • Understand Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
    • Relate financial principles to business and personal decision making
    • Apply micro- and macroeconomic principles to business and human behavior
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