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Online B.A. in Digital Marketing: Curriculum

Curriculum Details

120 Total Credits Required

The online digital marketing degree is designed to give you real-world technical skills through interactive, project-based coursework. Taught by professionals with experience driving business growth through digital marketing campaigns, our 43-credit program will prepare you to master tools in the field that will give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Courses explore consumer behavior and the application of data analysis to ensure you graduate ready to improve the way businesses reach new audiences in digital spaces. Our curriculum uses project-concentrated coursework and a final capstone, so you’ll graduate with a comprehensive portfolio tailored to highlight the digital marketing skills you’ve gained throughout the program. Additionally, the program features a unique partnership with the Lower Cost Models for Independent Colleges Consortium (LCMC), which gives students enrolled in the program the opportunity to learn outside-the-box marketing strategies from industry-proven leaders across the country.

Students must choose either ACC 201 Principles of Financial Accounting or ACC 384 Applied Accounting and Finance.

Required Courses

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.

Through Microsoft Excel, students will be led through an exploration of a powerful spreadsheet program. After a review of the basic commands and functionality, students will be challenged to manipulate specific data for informative reporting that is visually, accurately and dynamically representative of the learning objective. To accomplish this task advanced formulas, search strategies, and data analysis tools will be incorporated into learning projects including mastery of Pivot Tables and Pivot Charts. Further studies will include strategies for managing large data sets, linking and importing external data, mitigating security issues, and working toward automation. Upon completion of the course, students will have sufficient preparation if they wish to take the Microsoft Excel Expert Exam for the Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate.

Students are introduced to the principles of financial accounting. Topics explored include the accounting cycle, transaction analysis, journal entries, adjustments, financial statement preparation and analysis, and closing entries. Students learn the basics of common financial statement accounts, including current assets, fixed assets, current liabilities, long-term debt, equity, revenue, and expense are covered. (Students must earn a minimum grade of C in order to progress to ACC 202 and ACC 311

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.

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.

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)

Viral and Organic growth have become the gold standard by which content marketing efforts are judged. This type of growth is highly valuable, because it tends to be relatively cost-efficient, and drives brand heat. Companies which generate content that spreads through the internet with minimal effort and cost are among the most successful at growing their brand awareness and consumer base. This course is intended to teach students what drives users to share content, how to build shareable content, and how to run contests and build content marketing plans that lead to viral or organic growth.

The average consumer spends nearly 2.5 hours per day on social media sites so it is no surprise that having a presence on social media has become a vital component of marketing strategy. Social media marketing allows marketers to connect with customers in unique and powerful ways and so a strong understanding of how social media is used as part of a comprehensive marketing strategy has become a necessity for anyone wishing to enter the field. This course explores how to effectively use social media to move consumers to action in myriad contexts. By the end of this course, students will be comfortable with the principles of social media marketing strategy, and will be able to integrate social campaigns into an effective marketing plan.

Email marketing is one of the primary avenues by which modern businesses drive customer acquisition. This course will teach students how to craft successful email marketing campaigns when targeting business or individual customers. Students will also learn how to use email campaigns for customer engagement and activation. Students will learn how to write emails that drive customers to take desired actions, and how to structure email campaigns for maximum effect. This course will ask students to build their own marketing campaigns to advertise an imaginary product, and to evaluate and improve existing email campaigns.

When a potential customer is looking for a product, how do they find the right one? Often times, they’ll ask Google or other search engines. Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and Search Engine Marketing (SEM) help companies become more visible to customers by ensuring that they are among the first companies someone sees when doing initial research. This course is intended to introduce students to the concepts of Social Media Marketing and Optimization, and teach them how to use these tools to drive top-of-funnel growth, also known as lead generation.

Marketing professionals today have access to incredible amounts of data. The ability to use this data is what differentiates successful marketing efforts from failed ones. In this course, students will learn how to analyze digital customer behavior data using a range of tools, and use that data to test marketing hypotheses and improve customer acquisition.

Examine management interaction and leadership in the world’s largest industry by identifying and addressing growth strategies. Develop key management concepts and techniques to support workplace efficiency and productivity to ethically drive the industry through winning customer experiences. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in MKM 386)

This course is the culmination of the Digital Marketing major, bringing marketing principles, analytics, email and social media campaigns, as well as optimization skills together, to create an effective digital marketing strategy plan. This is the capstone course for the Digital Marketing major and is open only to seniors.

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