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Program Requirements

The associate degree in business management requires completion of 60 credit hours (24 hours of core classes; 21 hours of business concentration; 15 hours of Colonnade courses (WKU’s general education program).

A minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average is required for graduation.


ACC 200C – Accounting – Financial

Introduction to the basic accounting theories, concepts and principles used in gathering and reporting financial data of a business organization. Course focuses on the information provided to external users through financial statements. Emphasis is placed on preparing the statements, examining the statements' components, and interpreting the information reported.

ACC 201C – Accounting – Managerial

Prerequisite(s): ACCT 200; accounting majors must have earned a "C" or better. Introduces accounting concepts, practices, and tools for managerial decision making. This course is designed to provide an understanding of how financial and non-financial data are used in decision making and control. Topics typically include activity-based costing, cost behavior, job-order costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, flexible budgeting, relevancy costing, departmental cost allocation, and profit planning 

BUS 100C – Introduction to Business

The management process, production, marketing, finance accounting, personnel and other functional activities are discussed.

BUS 102C – Introduction to Ethical Issues in Business

This course will introduce students to the role of ethics of business in a complex, dynamic, global environment. This course will assist students to recognize, apply and appreciate the role of ethics in business decisions. 

BUS 210C – Organization and Management

An introduction to organization and theory and organizational behavior. The course focuses on managing people and material resources to enhance organizational productivity and effectiveness. Attention is given to the managerial functions of planning, organizing, leading, and controlling.

BUS 212C – Principles of Marketing

Presents the problems of marketing and the ways today's marketers solve them. The course focuses on concepts and principles of theory and practice through the use of practical examples and cases. Studies include market planning, research, strategies, distribution, promotion, pricing, market segmentation, and consumer-oriented marketing. 

BUS 214C – Basic Business Communications

A study of communication processes in business with an emphasis on correct language and grammar. Included is functional correspondence which leads to effective communication, such as letters, reports, memos.

BUS 245C – Mgt Diversity in the Workplace

This course will introduce students to the concepts of managing/supervising employees from a supervisor's perspective in a work setting for a diverse background

BUS 248C – Supervisory Management

A practical approach to understanding and dealing with the problems faced by first-line supervisors.

BUS 250C – Business Entrepreneurship

A study of small business, emphasizing the development of a written business plan. Includes legal forms of organization, strategic planning, financing, marketing research, taxation, risk management, management principles, and Total Quality Management (TQM).

BUS 253C – Management Capstone

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit hours in the program or permission of program advisor. .Designed to assess students' learning from the courses in their major and other courses of the curriculum. Provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate that they have acquired the necessary skills for a successful integration in to the workplace.

BUS 257C – MGT Human Resources

A course designed to emphasize the practical aspects of the management of human resources. Includes employment law, compensation, recruitment, selection, training and developing, performance appraisal, labor-management relations, and employee rights.

BUS 270C – Labor Relations MGT

Prerequisite(s): BUS 248C or permission of instructor. This course is designed to address the legal and social context of the labor-management relationship; historical and contemporary developments in collective bargaining; work stoppages, impasse and dispute resolution; problems and anticipated developments in labor relations; union elections; union avoidance, as well as contract negotiations and preparation for bargaining.

CSCI 145C – Intro to Computing

Prerequisite(s): PCC curriculum in algebra. An introduction to the use of the computer that explores what a computer is, what it can do, and how it does it. The following topics are surveyed: hardware, software, telecommunications, programming languages, software development, a short history of computing, and the computer's impact on society. Projects in word processing, spreadsheets, file management, and BASIC are assigned. Not acceptable for credit in computer science major or minor. Course Fee

FIN 161 / FINC 161C – Personal Finance

Designed to serve the personal finance needs of students regardless of their major fields. Practical applications in personal and family financial planning, including credit, buying, borrowing, banking, insurance, investments, taxation, estate planning and home ownership. Course Fee | Colonnade E-SB | SB

General Education/Colonnade Program:

COMM 145: Fundamentals of Public Speaking and Communication (Also Colonnade Foundations) (On Demand option)

ENG 100: Intro to College Writing (Colonnade F-WC, College Composition) (On Demand option

MATH 116: College Algebra (Colonnade F-QR) (On Demand option)

Colonnade (Explorations) – Arts & Humanities, 1 course required
Distance Learning Options:

  • ART 100, Art Appreciation (On Demand option)
  • FLK 276, Intro Fold Studies
  • MUS 120, Music Appreciation
  • PHIL 101 Truth and Relativism
  • PHIL 102 The Good and the Beautiful (On Demand option)
  • THEA151 Theatre Appreciation 

Colonnade (Foundations) – World History, 1 course required
Distance Learning Options:

  • HIST 101, World History I
  • HIST 102, World History II



Information about accreditation can be found through the Office of the Provost.

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 Last Modified 4/30/18