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B.A. in Business Administration: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

To receive a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University, St. Paul, all undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements. The online bachelor’s degree in business administration also requires 39 credit hours of coursework covering business fundamentals, and culminating with a capstone experience.

The program core can be completed in five semesters, although your transfer credits and general education coursework will vary the time it takes you to finish.

Required Courses

Understanding human behavior begins with understanding yourself. Learn how your personality type or learning style affects the way you process information and make decisions. Use projects, small group discussions, and class activities to discern the best way to build teams and manage people, who have different styles of leadership, motivation, and problem-solving. This course dives into management functions, motivation styles, team building, and change management concepts.

Learn what it means to be an entrepreneur while exploring foundational concepts in management, marketing, economics, and finance/accounting. Create a full business plan for a small business in class, making daily decisions about the business in a dynamic environment.

This course examines the administrative and common law regulation of business. Constitutional Law, Title VII and product liability are covered. Students also examine contract law and the Uniform Commercial Code provisions on sales and secured transactions.

Explore the fundamental concepts of accounting and finance within an organizational context, including terminology, financial statements, ratio analysis, budgeting, time value of money, along with ethical and global considerations. Apply standard financial and accounting tools to make business assessments and financial decisions important for managers in any organization.

This course provides an introduction to the study of marketing in business and other organizations. Topics that will be addressed in this course include the marketing environment, marketing ethics, information gathering, product development, pricing strategies, distribution strategies, the promotional mix, decision making, nonprofit marketing, social marketing and international marketing. (Prerequisite: junior standing)

Learn the key aspects and best practices of data analysis by exploring the fundamentals of gathering and analyzing data. Create visualizations and dashboard reports utilizing large data sets associated with an industry of choice, such as, finance, health, sports, criminal justice, among others. Microsoft Excel and Tableau will be utilized throughout the course for data visualizations while a basic understanding of the R and Python languages will be explored. A basic understanding of statistical measures may be helpful for this course but not mandatory for successfully mastering these concepts.

Learn how excellent leaders use social intelligence to increase their effectiveness. Explore social intelligence theory and abilities and the interconnected role they play in diverse personal, cultural, political, and business contexts. Gain an understanding of how social intelligence competencies offer practical ways to enhance leadership capacity. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BUS 380)

Learn to analyze an organization’s raw data to help make organizational decisions. Gain skills with mathematical and statistical tools and concepts to extract actionable and novel knowledge from business data to achieve strategic goals. Explore uses of probability analysis and hypothesis testing, data mining, text mining, business intelligence architecture, data reporting systems, and data visualization tools. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BUS 380 and BUS 388)

This course explores the basics of financial management. Topics include the capital markets, the cash budget, pro forma statements, analysis of financial statements, and the time value of money. Students also complete a research project. It is highly recommended that students take MAT 110 or have a basic understanding of statistics before taking this course.(Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in ACC 201 or ACC 384)

Examine business strategy theories and practical principles to advance innovation and organizational growth. Learn to ethically apply core business and entrepreneurial skills through research, business plan analysis, and field work to solve real world challenges. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in MKM 386, BUS 415, and BUS 425, and ACC 201 or ACC 384)

Synthesize and apply program concepts to create and present a multifaceted research project which serves as the professional capstone project for the program. Students must hold senior standing and have successfully completed all other program course requirements before registering for this course. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in BUS 490)

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