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Business Courses: 36 credit hours

Additional requirement: 4 credit hours (Select any BUSN course not previously taken)

BUSN.100 Introduction to Business

This course covers the various forms of business ownership, major business functions, and roles played by businesses. Other topics include marketing, management, human resources, and finance.

BUSN.106 Business Law I

An introductory survey of the basics of contractual law, torts, and specific forms of contractual relationships. Also includes a review of the nature and kinds of commercial paper and the treatment of negotiated commercial paper including holders of due course. The law surrounding sales contracts and security devices will be covered.

BUSN.120 Management

This course covers the analysis of the various theories of organization and management from the standpoint of organizational and individual effectiveness. The management functions of planning, organizing, directing, and controlling are thoroughly covered and discussed. Prerequisite: BUSN.100

BUSN.131 Macroeconomics

This course covers the fundamental principles of economic concepts, and the way in which they are used to make sound business decisions. Topics include macroeconomic modeling, monetary and fiscal policy, private sector components of aggregate demand, and macroeconomic synthesis and challenges for the future. Prerequisite: BUSN.100

BUSN.132 Microeconomics

This course continues the study of economic concepts from the microeconomic viewpoint. Topics presented are basic tools of microeconomic market structure, factor markets, the role of the government in a market economy, and issues in microeconomics analysis. Prerequisite: BUSN.131

BUSN.140 Finance

This course presents a study of various methods of financing public and private organizations. An analysis of common service should be implied, business finance, savings, and consumer finance are included. Financial planning and management of liquid assets are emphasized. Prerequisites: ACCT.130, BUSN.100, and MATH.112

BUSN.160 Marketing

Emphasis is given to the basic and constant recognition of the subjective forces that lie beyond choice. Marketing is portrayed as an integral part of the whole business process, presented primarily from the management point of view. Prerequisite:BUSN.100

BUSN.250 Business and Professional Ethics

An examination of important ethical problems and issues as applied to various business and professional environments. Topics include job discrimination, corporate responsibility, environmental obligations, power, accountability, social responsibility, and professional codes of ethics. Prerequisites: BUSN.100 and ENGL.120

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Accounting Courses: 16 credit hours

ACCT.110 Financial Accounting I

An introductory course consisting of the fundamental principles of accounting as they relate to corporate ownership. Emphasis is given to developing the technical procedure of completing the accounting cycle, special purchase journals, preparing financial statements, financial analysis, and interpretation. Prerequisite: Exemption from or successful completion of MATH.095

ACCT.120 Financial Accounting II

This course builds upon accounting principles and concepts covered in Financial Accounting I. Topics include merchandising operations, internal controls, receivables, inventory, current liabilities, and fixed and intangible assets. Prerequisite: ACCT.110

ACCT.130 Financial Accounting III

A completion of the presentation of accounting concepts and an expanded presentation and analysis of accounting information. Topics include nature of corporations, capital stock and dividend transactions, income taxes, bonds payable, investment in bonds, statement of cash flows, and financial statement analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT.120

ACCT.160 Computerized Accounting

Students will establish, maintain, and learn how to use Quick Books to export data to other software packages on the computer. Emphasis will be placed on multiple and single-user mode, bill payments, check writing, invoicing, deposits, journalizing, inventory reports, new company setup, adjusting, payroll setup and processing, credit card changes, jobs and time tracking, and customizing company files. The student will obtain practical experience in handling Quick Books Pro accounting techniques that encompass both accounting and computer knowledge. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisites: ACCT.120 and CPTR.100

ACCT.230 Income Taxes for Individuals

The student is introduced to the fundamentals of federal income tax regulations. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of federal returns for individuals and proprietorships. Prerequisites: ACCT.100 or ACCT.110

ACCT.231 Income Taxes for Business

This course covers the tax implications of various investment and business situations and the preparation of partnership and corporate returns. Prerequisite: ACCT.230

ACCT.245 Managerial Accounting I

Students learn how to interpret accounting data to assist in the planning and controlling functions of management. Topics include job order and process cost systems, activity-based costing, cost-volume-profit relationships, and budgeting. Prerequisite: ACCT.130

ACCT.246 Managerial Accounting II

Topics include budgetary control and responsibility, accounting, performance evaluation, incremental analysis, capital budgeting, pricing, and financial analysis. Prerequisite: ACCT.245

ACCT.251 Internal Auditing

An introduction to internal accounting and auditing functions, standards and procedures applied in business practice. Topics include internal audit standards, internal controls, risk assessment, evidence, documentation, and communications. Also includes an introduction to the external audit function, the procedures used within generally accepted auditing standards, and a review of emerging issues within various industries. Prerequisite: ACCT.130

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Computer Courses: 10 credit hours

CPTR.125 Presentation Graphics

This course introduces students to the techniques needed for making professional-looking presentations. Students are required to prepare a presentation of their own. Prerequisite: CPTR.100

CPTR.130 Intermediate Spreadsheet

This course provides students with experience in using an electronic spreadsheet. Students will use a popular integrated software package in working out various business scenarios and problems. Students learn how to build a worksheet, use functions, create graphs, and generate printed reports. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: CPTR.100

CPTR.140 Intermediate Database

Students use a widely used software package to learn the principles of database construction as it relates to business situations. File creation, editing, sorting, report creation, and updating files are the main topics presented. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: CPTR.100

CPTR.230 Advanced Spreadsheet

A continuation of CPTR.130, students in this course use and apply advanced features of the spreadsheet software to solve business problems. Advanced topics such as macros, goal seek, solver, pivot tables, and scenario manager are discussed. Out-of-class laboratory time is required. Prerequisite: CPTR.130

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General Education Courses: 34 credit hours

ENGL.100 Composition

This course emphasizes the development and organization of expository prose through the writing of short and long compositions. Critical thinking, public speaking, and research skills are also introduced so that these skills may be applied throughout the curriculum. Students do peer editing of projects in collaborative groups. Prerequisite: Successful completion of or exemption from ENGL.095

COMM.110 Introduction to Communication

This course will introduce students to basic models and theories of the communication process. Students will learn about a variety of elements involved in communication. They will also explore how factors such as race, ethnicity, age, socio-economic status, and gender influence communication. Students will focus on developing an awareness of the effects of various types of communication on themselves and others. They will also develop practical skills for improving their ability to communicate in personal, social, and professional contexts. Specific topics will include perception, self-concept, verbal and nonverbal communication, effective listening and communicating in culturally diverse settings. This course is only available to students completing of their degree online. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

ENGL.120 Advanced Composition

Skills learned in the first composition course are reinforced and amplified through more complex writing projects. Students continue to develop independence in preparing and organizing written materials through peer editing. Specific attention is given to the process of finding and working with information from a variety of sources in order to write a 10-15 page research paper. Assignments completed outside of class are required to be submitted in typed final form. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

COMM.200 Business Communications

A capstone course that furthers each student's ability to communicate in business situations. Students enhance their writing styles by reviewing key concepts and by producing a variety of written communications including letters, memos, minutes, and short reports. Peer collaboration and oral presentations are required. Prerequisites: COMM.100, ENGL.120 and COLL.100

MATH.112 College Mathematics

Students develop their ability to use mathematical reasoning to solve real-life problems by engaging in the following topics: algebra, set theory and number theory, units of measurement and geometry, probability and statistics, ratios and proportions. The objective of this course is to prepare students for the sort of math necessary for success in their chosen area of study and to provide preparation for successfully completing a course in college algebra. Prerequisite: Placement examination or successful completion of MATH.095

CPTR.100 Introduction to Computer Information Systems

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the computer and its current role in business and society. Topics include components of a computer including hardware, software, and operating systems. Students get actual hands-on experience with commonly used software applications in database management, spreadsheets, and word processing and the Windows operating system. Out-of-class laboratory time is required.

COLL.100 Freshman Seminar

Students are introduced to concepts and practices that lead to individual academic and career success. It is required of all students in their first quarter unless they have a bachelor's degree, an associate degree, or have completed at least 30 semester credit hours or 45 quarter credit hours of college-level coursework with a 2.5 GPA or higher.

COLL.290 Professional Development

This course assists students in developing successful job search techniques to help them prepare for initial employment as well as career advancement or change. Professional self-image, ethics, human relations, employer expectations, and communication skills are addressed. Students prepare a resume and participate in a mock interview. Required for all students. Prerequisite: 70 completed hours

SOCS.200 Introduction to Psychology

An exploration of different methods, principles, and theories of psychology as applied to the study of human behavior, motivation, emotions, personality and adjustment, and psychological disorders. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

SOCS.210 Introduction to Sociology

A general introduction to the study of society and concepts involved in understanding human societies. Social institutions, social interaction, social conflict, social stratification, and diversity are among the topics covered. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

SOCS.220 Cultural Diversity

The social organization and customs of various cultures and groups will be explored. The richness and diversity of Chicago and surrounding areas are experienced through music, literature, video/film, and field trips to historical and cultural sites and neighborhoods. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.200 Ethics

Students analyze the moral and ethical principles of human conduct and character, including the nature of morality, the meaning of ethical terms, and standards for evaluating choices. These theories are applied to moral problems and decisions. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.210 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking

A study of the rules of valid judging and reasoning, both inductive and deductive, in a traditional language centered context rather than a symbolic context. Logical analysis of both formal and informal fallacies and of the consistency and logical consequences of a given set of statements is applied to concrete problems. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

HUMN.220 Introduction to Literature

A reading, writing, and discussion class that explores literature and essays as selected by the instructor and students from a departmentally approved list. Emphasis is placed on the analysis and interpretation of prose and poetry in order to enhance understanding and enjoyment. A research project is required. Prerequisite: ENGL.100 and COLL.100

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