What Do You Learn in Business Administration?

by Susie on March 30, 2017 · 9:00 am

San Joaquin Valley College Student learning the fundamental skills in a business administration programAre you considering a career in business? If your answer is “yes,” then you may find yourself researching Business Administration programs. But what exactly is Business Administration, and what will you learn in this program?

We’ve put together an overview of what you can expect to learn in a Business Administration program. Read on to discover the general and specialized skills you can learn while studying Business Administration, and what careers those skills can lead to.

What general business topics and skills will I learn?

Students in a Business Administration program often will take general education courses and also learn the fundamentals of business, including:

Business communication

Learn effective writing techniques used in business to produce various communications and documents, including business letters, minutes and reports; dictation and note-taking; proper grammar, mechanics, number usage, vocabulary and proofreading; and writing style, appearance, tone and reader appeal. Focus on developing time management, organization, presentation and communication skills.

Business law and ethics

Students get an introduction to the laws affecting businesses and their operations. Topics include concepts of business law, ethics related to law, business and society, contract, sales, torts and intellectual property.

Management principles

Get an introduction to the theory and application of management concepts. Topics include leadership, planning and organization, social responsibility, delegation, leadership styles, decision making, time and stress management, and employee relations.

Accounting fundamentals

Learn the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), the purpose and nature of accounting systems, the accounting cycle, and their relation to function. Subjects covered include the basic accounting equation, the double entry accounting system, financial statements, general ledger, general journal, the accounting worksheet, adjusting entries, closing entries, post-closing and trial balance.

Business math applications

Focus is on arithmetic processes, decimals, fractions, percentages, weights and measure. Students will perform calculations associated with interest, retail, purchasing, merchandising and other general business applications.

Computer literacy and applications

Learn computer concepts and productivity software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentations and email. Topics include basic computer operations, information literacy, security and privacy issues, and the use of various software applications in a professional setting.

What specialized skills can I learn in Business Administration?

Students in a Business Administration program can often select a concentration to focus their business studies on once they’ve completed their general education and core business courses. Concentrations can include:

  • Business Management
  • Business Accounting
  • Retail Management

Business Management

This concentration is ideal for students who want to manage employees, oversee the operations of a business, or have their own business one day. Working as a General/Operations Manager (11-1021.00) is one possible career outcome for Business Management graduates.

Students who select a Business Management concentration will learn small business and human resource management, marketing, customer service and sales management, spreadsheet management, economics, financial management, and strategic management and leadership.

One thing that is essential to Business Management students is a firm understanding of Microsoft Excel, so colleges offering this program likely will prepare you to take the Certiport – Microsoft® Office Specialist Excel® Certification exam.

Business Accounting

Accounting students will learn all about – you guessed it – accounting! Courses include payroll accounting management, accounting software systems, merchandising accounting, tax accounting, managerial accounting and spreadsheet management. Students often prepare to take the National Association of Certified Public Bookkeepers – Bookkeeper Certification exam.

Possible careers for accounting program graduates include Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks (43-3031.00).

Retail Management

Students studying Retail Management will learn about human resource management, marketing, retail management, retail supply chain management, customer services and sales management, spreadsheet management, economics and financial management.

Retail Management concentrations may also prepare students to take the following:

  • National Retail Federation – Retail Management Certification exam
  •  National Retail Federation – Customer Service and Sales Certification exam

One possible career for graduates of a Retail Management concentration is First-Line Supervisors of Retail Sales Workers (41.1011.00).

How to Enroll in a Business Administration Program

If it sounds like Business Administration is the right program for you, or if you would like to learn more about the career opportunities that are available after you graduate from a Business Administration program, contact San Joaquin Valley College. SJVC’s Business Administration Certificate program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can help you adapt to any company’s operation. Students choose from the following concentrations: Business Accounting, Business Management and Retail Management. You can graduate in as little as eight months with your Certificate. Request information or call toll-free 866-544-7898 to learn more.



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