Curriculum - Associate’s Degree in
Business Administration


Individual courses are the building blocks of each degree program. Course requirements are structured to ensure that student study encompasses a broad range of topics and approaches, with an appropriate balance maintained among the three curricular components that comprise a liberal arts education:

General Education
Students pursuing an Associate of Science degree must complete the following 9 courses to fulfill the
General Education requirements. To see the full list of general education courses required, please visit the catalog or the General Education Requirement, course catalog.

Major Courses Required

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits
UNIV 1001
Online Education Strategies

This course will serve as preparation for students to make a successful journey into the online learning environment with University of the People. It will introduce students to the University of the People’s resources available to them, to the academic methods, and to the policies and expectations for student performance. Further, it will provide an overview of strategies for student success including time and stress management, effective study skills, and personal ownership of the learning process.

None 3
MATH 1201
College Algebra (proctored course)

This course provides a solid grounding in algebra, trigonometry, and analytic geometry in preparation for further mathematical studies. The course includes an extensive study of linear, quadratic, and rational functions. It also contains an introduction to exponential and logarithmic functions and circles. Finally, the topic of systems of linear equations is covered.

None 3
MATH 1280
Introduction to Statistics (proctored course)

This course presents students with basic concepts in statistics and probability and encourages statistical thinking. Topics covered include descriptive statistics, probability, discrete and continuous random variables, the sampling distribution and the Central Limit Theorem. The R statistical programming environment is used for computation, graphical presentation, and simulations.

None 3
ENGL 1102
English Composition 2 (proctored course)

This course is designed to foster skills in critical reading and thinking, and in the production and evaluation of purposeful academic writing. Students are introduced to literary genres, rhetorical patterns in writing, and the use and citation of research sources. They gain practice in clear, effective writing, with an emphasis on the academic research paper and its components. By the end of the course students will produce a paper of collegiate quality.

None 3
BUS 1101
Principles of Business Management

This course is an introduction to the field of business management. Topics include developing mission, vision and values, organizational culture, leadership, decision-making, organizational behavior, motivation, and human resource management. This course will present a survey of the basic methods by which managers have operated businesses, large and small. Foremost are the basic concepts of planning, leading, organizing, and controlling. Embedded within these key concepts are numerous skills that, when mastered, will allow you to embark on a career in business management.

None 3
BUS 1102
Basic Accounting

The Basic Accounting course introduces students to financial reporting and financial management concepts and practices. The primary focus of this course is the preparation and use/analysis of general purpose financial statements in support of the capital market decision-making process. In addition, certain financial accounts concepts related to current assets will be covered.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 1103

This course introduces the economic analysis of the interactions between households, businesses and government with regard to allocation of goods, services and resources. In this course, we will learn about basic elements of consumer and firm behavior, different market structures and their effects on welfare, and the direct and indirect role of the government in determining economic outcomes. Topics include theory of consumer behavior, production, and cost determination.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 1104

This course provides a solid overview of the field of macroeconomics with the intent to develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods used to manage macroeconomic policy and the impact of these policies on the global economy. This course will help you to understand how a nation’s economy works and how macroeconomic policy impacts a nation’s economy. It will help you to judge what policies you, as an informed member of society and participant in the economy, will or will not support.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 1105
Business Communications

The purpose of this course is to build an understanding of effective uses of English in a business environment and to develop strong core business communication skills. This course will introduce and enhance the varying modes of English communication in the business environment and will also focus on when to use these varying modes, depending on the situation. This course will also give students the tools to function in a cross-cultural, global business environment and will develop an understanding of the best techniques for successful communication in varying business contexts.

None 3
BUS 2201
Principles of Marketing (proctored course)

This course provides an introduction to the field of marketing where students develop a general understanding and appreciation of the factors and methods involved in marketing a variety of goods and services. Topics include consumer needs, segmentation, target marketing, positioning, pricing, distributing, and promoting goods and services. Emphasis is placed on the integration of marketing principles into an organized approach for decision-making.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 2202
E-Commerce (proctored course)

This course serves as an introduction to internet based business models (i.e., e-commerce) in organizations. The study of this field will assist students in recognizing opportunities and overcoming challenges in online business transactions. Topics include e-commerce management, use of information systems and integration with human resources, knowledge management strategies, e-marketing and relationships between the internet, government, and society.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 2203
Principles of Finance 1

This course provides a broad understanding of basic principles in the area of finance. The course introduces techniques for effective financial decision-making and helping managers to maximize shareholders’ wealth. The course covers topics related to the operation of financial markets and banking systems and the problems of financing and investment decisions and provides a theoretical background for critical and productive thinking.

BUS 1102 3
BUS 2204
Personal Finance

This course provides a practical overview of personal finance management with the intent to provide students with the knowledge and skills to manage their personal finances effectively in order to ultimately attain financial security. Emphasis will be placed on the development of personal financial management skills. Areas of study will include financial planning, budgets, basic finance and financial statements, credit management, savings, personal risk management, insurance, retirement planning, and investments.

BUS 1101 3
BUS 2207
Multinational Management

This course provides an examination and analysis of multinational management functions and processes including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling across cultures and borders in globally diverse environments and organizations. Topics include cross-cultural strategic planning, leadership, and human resource management.

BUS 2201 3

General Education Requirements

Course Code Course Name Prerequisites Credits

Philosophy, History, Law/politics, Classics, Literature, Linguistics/languages (not including ESL), Religion, Anthropology

None 3
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Psychology, Sociology, Communication studies, Education (depending on the course), Geography, Political Science, Anthropology, Economics, Demography, Behavioral Neuroscience/ cognitive science

None 3
Natural Science and Technology

Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Computer science, Earth Science, Engineering, Anatomy/physiology, Anthropology (physical or biological), Geography (Physical or Biological)

None 3
Civilization Studies, Culture and Belief

World Civilization, History of Civilization, Regional Civilization (US, Asian, African, European civilization courses), Culture, Beliefs

None 3
Values and Ethical Reasoning

Ethics (General or philosophical) not including professional ethical courses like Law, Medical, Engineering ethics

None 3

Any college level course

None 3


Regarding the General Education Requirements, each of the sections can be fulfilled by any course that is closely related to the discipline. While the 3 credits required for the Elective section can be fulfilled by summing courses from any discipline.



Students pursuing an associate of Science degree may choose additional elective courses beyond those specified in the General Education requirements, and/or select introductory courses in other majors and/or take additional courses in a student’s major that may not be required for the degree.