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by SJVC on March 30, 2017 · 9:00 am
Editor’s Note: This post was updated on October 2, 2019.
Are 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 skills you can learn while studying Business Administration, and what careers those skills can lead to.
Coursework for SJVC’s Business Administration program typically consists of a mix of the following classes:
Students in a Business Administration program often will take general education courses and also learn the fundamentals of business, including:
This course introduces the fundamental principles and terminology of accounting. Subjects covered include Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and the steps of the accounting cycle. (3.0 credits)
This course focuses on using mathematics to solve business problems. Activities emphasize performing calculations associated with interest, retail, purchasing, credit and other general business applications. (3.0 credits)
This course focuses on effective writing techniques utilized 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 are emphasized, as well as style, appearance, tone, and reader appeal. Students will develop time management, organization, presentation and communication skills. (3.0 credits)
This course provides students an introduction into 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. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. (3.0 credits)
This course provides an overview of the administration of human resources in business, emphasizing legal and regulatory requirements and ethical obligations. Topics include recruitment and hiring, training and evaluation, compensation and benefits, and labor relations. (3.0 credits)
This course provides a foundational overview of marketing activities, practices, and processes. Additional topics include business ethics, market segmentation, product, distribution, pricing decisions, consumer products, advertising, and consumer behavior. (2.0 credits)
This course provides students with an introduction to customer service. Topics include customer perceptions, customer service strategy, verbal and non-verbal communication, and problem solving. (2.0 credits)
This course builds fundamental skills in Microsoft Excel® for use as a business tool. Students will create and manage worksheets, apply formulas and functions, and create data visualizations. (3.0 credits)
Students will utilize their skills and knowledge by working in a local business under direct supervision of the professional manager. Students are required to turn in completed hours and evaluations, and the grade earned in this course is Pass/Fail. Passing this course is a graduation requirement. (3.0 credits)
This course provides an introduction to office productivity software, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentations, and email. Topics include basic computer use, information literacy, and working with productivity applications in a professional setting. (3.0 credits)
Students will prepare for the job search process in this seminar. Through work with the Career Services Department, they will develop resumes, interview techniques, and networking skills needed for workplace success. The grade in this course is Pass/Fail and is based upon creation of a career portfolio, mock interviewing skills, and other professional development activities. Passing this course is a graduation requirement. (2.0 credits)
Graduates of a business administration program often qualify for careers as:
With a certificate in business administration, your salary will vary depending on the type of career you pursue. Data from the Bureau of Labour Statistics offers median annual wages for various careers in the business administration field, including:
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 program provides a framework of business knowledge and skills that can help you adapt to any company’s operation. You can graduate in as little as eight months with your Certificate of Completion, or in as few as 15 months with your Associate of Science Degree. Request information or call toll-free 866-544-7898 to learn more.
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