Associate of Arts in Business Administration

The Associate of Arts in Business Administration focuses on general business practices and theories while providing the general education requirements necessary to continue an education in a bachelor-level program. Career opportunities for graduates of this degree are varied in the fields of business, accounting, marketing, etc.

Degree Requirements

Core Curriculum (18 hours)

  • ENGL 1311 Composition I
  • ENGL 1312 Composition II
  • Fine Arts (MUSI 1320 Music Appreciation or MUSI 3350 American Popular Music or MUSI 3348 Studies in World Music or MUSI 2346 History of Jazz or transfer)
  • RELS 1325 Religious Quest
  • Social Science (ANTH 1311 Cultural Anthropology or ANTH 2324 Native Peoples of North America or SOCI 1311 Introduction to Sociology or PSYC 1301 Introduction to Psychology or ECON 2301 Macroeconomics or other transfer)
  • MATH 1304 College Algebra or MATH 1308 Finite Math or MATH 2303 Probability and Statistics

Major Curriculum (18 hours)

  • ACC 2311 Financial Accounting
  • ACC 2312 Managerial Accounting
  • ECN 2301 Macroeconomics
  • BLW 3317 Legal Aspects of Business
  • MGT 3340 Concepts and Functions of Management
  • MKT 3331 Introductory Marketing Concepts and Strategies

Electives (24 hours)

A total of 24 hours to meet the 60 total credit hours required.

Community Service (22 hours)

A total of 22 documented clock hours.

Please Note

Completion of a minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken at UIW. Completion of 24 of the final 30 hours for the degree must be taken at UIW. Active-duty military are only required to take 15 of the final 30 hours at UIW.

Major Course Descriptions

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of financial accounting as prescribed by U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) as applied to transactions and events that affect business organizations. Students will examine the procedures and systems to accumulate, analyze, measure, and record financial transactions. Students will use recorded financial information to prepare a balance sheet, income statement, statement of cash flows, and statement of shareholders’ equity to communicate the business entity’s results of operations and financial position to users of financial information who are external to the company. Students will study the nature of assets, liabilities, and owners’ equity while learning to use reported financial information for purposes of making decisions about the company. Students will be exposed to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

This course is an introduction to the fundamental concepts of managerial accounting appropriate for all organizations. Students will study information from the entity's accounting system relevant to decisions made by internal managers, as distinguished from information relevant to users who are external to the company. The emphasis is on the identification and assignment of product costs, operational budgeting and planning, cost control, and management decision making. Topics include product costing methodologies, cost behavior, operational and capital budgeting, and performance evaluation.

Prerequisite: ACC 2311

Macroeconomic theories provide simplified descriptions of the national economic system. Theories include the Circular Flow Model, Theory of Comparative Cost Advantage, Theory of Aggregate Demand and Aggregate Supply, and Supply-Side Economics. Graphing skills as a “language” used to communicate theories. Students develop skills in using theories to understand and critique Federal fiscal and monetary policy. Other topics include international trade, economic growth, business cycles, and fiscal policy and monetary policy.

The course provides the student with foundational information about the U.S. legal system and dispute resolution, and their impact on business. The major content areas will include general principles of law, the relationship of business and the U.S. Constitution, state and federal legal systems, the relationship between law and ethics, contracts, sales, torts, agency law, intellectual property, and business law in the global context.

Introduction to the theories, concepts and functions of management. Topics include planning, organizing, leading, staffing, controlling, business and managerial ethics and decision making. Management concepts will be applied by analysis of available data and by seeking contemporary opportunities, issues and problem situations.

Introductory course providing comprehensive coverage of marketing concepts and strategies A managerial approach is used that focuses on the practices, problems and decisions of the marketing manager. The course introduces students to the internal and external environment, market structures, and changes in the marketing environment that affect other business functions.