Business Core Curriculum
The Department of Business Administration provides a common curriculum in the freshman year for most Associate Degree programs, exposing students to a variety of introductory business courses before they choose a degree and a major. Before a student can be completely scheduled, the College requires math and English placement tests. Depending on the results, students will be assigned one of the following English and math courses:
Of these three English courses, only ENG-101 - English Composition 1 is accepted toward graduation. Of the six math courses, only MAT-122 - Applied Mathematics 1 , MAT-127 - Calculus for Bus, Life and Social Sciences 1 , and MAT-115 - Statistics , are accepted toward graduation.
While students might be placed in other math or English courses, and hence be required to complete them, these courses are considered developmental, and will not count toward graduation. Students who have been out of school for a number of years, or are weak in math and/or English, should review these skills before taking the placement tests. In this way, students will have the best chance of placing into an acceptable level of English and math. Students must place into DRG-092 (reading) or higher and MAT-081 or MAT-087 (math) or higher, or be exempt, to be permitted to enroll in any business course. Enrollment in DWT-099 does not change this requirement.
Business Administration Core Program Goals
- Have the skills needed to develop ideas and make decisions based on proper research, analysis, and critical thinking.
- Understand the environment in which businesses operate including the major economic factors, legal requirements, ethical, and social forces.
- Understand the key actions taken to effectively and efficiently utilize company resources to achieve goals.
- Understand the actions taken to acquire and retain customers; produce goods and services; and measure/track financial performance.
- Understand and complete the requirements needed to transfer to an AACSB or Massachusetts public university or college.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
- Conduct research from a variety of sources.
- Demonstrate computer literacy.