Harper College


Program Overview

This 61 credit-hour program is designed to assist students in a wide variety of business occupations. The curriculum is structured to meet the needs of individuals interested in gaining or improving business knowledge and management skills. The program develops abilities that will help organize, coordinate and evaluate the functions of a unit, department or branch of an organization in either an industrial or administrative management capacity. This degree also provides the fundamental management skills needed by the successful owner-manager of a business.

This degree is shown in a standardized sequential semester option. However, it available as fast track modality, apprenticeships and online options as well. Please contact an advisor to get the most current scheduling. This degree plan is one of six options that students may pursue to earn the Business Management Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree. While there are multiple specializations, this particular degree can be awarded only once.

Program Requirements


Number Course Title Credits Category
ENG 101 3 AAS General Education

Description: Emphasizes the writing of expository prose. Introduction to the critical reading of nonfiction prose. IAI C1 900

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of P or other placement options: english-placement-grid.php ESL students need one of the following options: ESL 073 and ESL 074 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 086 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 and ESL 099 with grades of B or better; ESL 073 with required writing placement test score; or ESL 074 with required reading placement test score.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Humanities1 3 AAS General Education
MGT 111 2 or

Description: Introduces the nature of business and the environment in which it operates. Forms of business ownership, introduction to operative and facilitating facets of business operation, management, marketing, accounting, statistics, business law, finance, investments, insurance and labor-management relations.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 154 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates positives and negatives of entrepreneurship and the process of concept to new venture. Analyzes typical venture errors and focuses on strategic management. Evaluates business ownership and franchising, pricing strategies, financing, location selection and human capital management. Discovers personal leadership traits. Assesses the personal entrepreneurial mindset.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 150 3 3 AAS General Education

Description: Introduces arithmetic as a tool of business. Topics include fractions, decimals and percentages, computations of interest, bank discounts, depreciation, commissions, compound interest, payrolls and taxes and graph and chart design.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

PSY 101 + 3 AAS General Education

Description: Investigates human and animal behavior with emphasis on the scientific nature of contemporary and classic psychological investigation. Emphasizes psychological theories, principles, and research applications. Introduces the divisions of the American Psychological Association. References biological processes, sensation, perception, learning, memory, thinking, emotional life, mental disorders, intelligence, aptitude, personality, development, daily life and everyday problems. IAI S6 900

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 101 4 4 Program Requirement

Description: Presents accounting as an information system that produces summary financial statements primarily for users external to a business. Emphasizes the reporting of the effect of transactions and other economic events on the financial condition and operating results of a business. Topics include: basic accounting concepts, financial statements, accrual and cash basis, the accounting cycle, monetary assets, inventories, fixed assets, current and long-term liabilities, and owner’s equity. The course assumes a corporate form of organization. NOTE: High school algebra is recommended. IAI BUS 903

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

CIS 100 or

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computers in society and digital literacy. Includes computer hardware and operating systems, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, networking, Internet usage, communication and collaboration, computer safety and ethics. This course is not intended for computer information system majors.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

CIS 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides students with an introduction to computer and information systems used in business environments. Includes computer hardware, operating systems, information systems, programming concepts, computer security and ethics, and trains students in the use of business software including word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database management software, networking and internet access methods. IAI BUS 902

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 165 + 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides concepts, principles and practices of the international business environment. Includes the nature of international business; international organizations and monetary systems; comparative management techniques, and environmental business factors. Focuses on international organizational functioning to help the student gain a diversity of views.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 265 3 Program Requirement

Description: Examines the various aspects of the field of Human Resource Management (HRM) and the manner in which HRM professionals play a critical role in the success of an organization. Discusses and evaluates a wide range of contemporary HRM topics including human resource planning, employee recruitment and retention, employee benefits, talent development, performance management, laws and regulations, technology, changing workforce demographics, and the value of diversity.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 280 3 Program Requirement

Description: Emphasizes a managerial and interpersonal relations process approach to problem solving, communication and group dynamics. Specific treatment is given to managing change, appraisal and reward, solving communication problems, status needs of the work force, understanding individuals, group dynamics and reducing conflict.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 102 5 or

Description: Presents accounting as a system of producing information for internal management use in a business. Emphasis is on the identification, accumulation and interpretation of information for planning, controlling and evaluating the performance of the separate components of a business. Topics include: theory and application of product costing, operational control, cost allocation, performance evaluation for manufacturing and service organizations, standard costing, job order and process costing, budgeting, JIT inventory control, decentralized operations, differential analysis, capital investment analysis and financial statement analysis. IAI BUS 904

Prerequisite: ACC 101 with a grade of C or better.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

PSY 245 3 Program Requirement

Description: Investigates organizational behavior. Explores theories, principles, applications and empirically derived findings of Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Emphasizes classic and contemporary leadership and motivation theories. Discusses structure and management practices; individual and work group behavior; employee culture and employer culture; and organizational conflict and resolution. Addresses international perspectives.

Prerequisite: PSY 101 or consent of instructor.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ECO 200 6 or

Description: Covers descriptive rather than a quantitative approach to the study of economics. Major topics cover economic history, the elements of macroeconomics, microeconomics and a comparative look at other economic systems. Specifically designed for students in career-vocational curricula. IAI S3 900

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ECO 211 or

Description: Covers economic problems faced by the individual and the firm. Examination of market structures, price and output determination. The microeconomic approach. IAI S3 902

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ECO 212 3 AAS General Education

Description: Covers economic problems faced by our society. Examination of resource allocation, national income and economic development, from a macroeconomic approach. IAI S3 901

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ENG 130 7 or

Description: Teaches formal and psychological aspects of business correspondence. Introduction to various kinds of business letters, memoranda and reports. Improvement of grammar, spelling and word usage.

Prerequisite: ENG 096 with a grade of C or better, or other placement options. english-placement-grid.php

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

SPE 101 3 Program Requirement

Description: Theory and practice of oral communications. Development of poise, confidence and skill in speech organization and delivery. Emphasis on frequent speaking, development of standards of criticism and selection and organization of material. IAI C2 900

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 205 8 or

Description: Investigates leadership styles and the influences of leadership styles within organizations from start-ups to global corporations. Explores the empirical science and evidence of leadership styles, motivation, communication, conflict resolution, negotiations, creativity and innovation. Examines leadership styles as they relate to culture, diversity and globalization. Evaluates the performance of successful leaders.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

Management or Business Administration elective 3 Program Requirement
MGT 270 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents the theory and major functions of management and describes the role of the manager. Major concepts in organization are developed along with an understanding of the decision-making process and consideration of the human factor in management.

Prerequisite: MGT 111 or MGT 154

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024


Number Course Title Credits Category
ACC 211 3 Program Requirement

Description: Presents the history of the source of law, civil and criminal wrongs, law of contracts, agency, employment, property, and related topics. Problems and case materials are used. (NOTE: Transfer students should check with the school they will be transferring to regarding the transferability of this course.)

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

ACC 216 3 Program Requirement

Description: Examines past and present employment laws in the United States and their impact on employers and employees. Creates an understanding of the rights, duties, and obligation of both employment groups under the law.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 218 3 Program Requirement

Description: Introduces fundamental principles of finance and fiscal management. Students will review financial theories and examine cash-flow projections, asset valuation, capital expenditure and investment opportunities, financial planning, and decision-making processes, and the structure of business markets.

Prerequisite: ACC 101 and either MGT 111 or MGT 154.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MGT 291 9 3 Program Requirement

Description: Provides a logical and strategic integration of management principles with representative supervisory problems found in business firms. Analyzes decision-making through the use of case studies, simulation, and directed reading. Creates strategic plans for solving management problems.

Prerequisite: MGT 111, MGT 270 and 3 credit hours in MGT or MKT course work, or consent of program coordinator.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

MKT 245 3 Program Requirement

Description: Focuses on marketing activities that will cover product planning, pricing strategies and promotional efforts including advertising, selling and sales promotions and distribution channel effectiveness.

Class Schedule:  Summer 2024 | Fall 2024

1 - PHI 150 (Business Ethics) is recommended.

2 - MGT 111 is recommended.

3 - The mathematics requirement for this degree can be met with Math Competency. See Math Competency options for information. Students who utilize Math Competency to meet the mathematics requirement must complete an additional three credit-hour elective. See full list of AAS General Education Electives.

4 - Students should strongly consider enrolling in ACC 102 as well.

+ - This course meets the World Cultures and Diversity graduation requirement.

5 - ACC 102 is recommended.

6 - ECO 211 is recommended.

7 - If pursuing a fully online degree, choose ENG 130; otherwise choose SPE 101.

8 - Management electives: FIN 101, INS 110, MGT 154, MKT 140, MKT 217, MKT 247, MKT 281, MKT 285, SCM 101, SCM 120, SCM 281. Business Administration electives: ACC 216, MCM 150, MCM 233, MGT 165, MGT 170, MGT 204, MGT 205, MGT 211, MGT 266, MKT 105, MKT 106, MKT 243, MKT 252, MKT 285, SCM 122, SCM 123, SCM 124, SCM 125, SCM 226, SCM 259.

9 - This course is considered the program's capstone and should be taken at the end of student's course work.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate persuasively and concisely, (orally, in writing, and presentation), using the language of business.
  • Evaluate major business functions and related technologies domestically and globally.
  • Explain and use quantitative tools in accounting, finance and economics.
  • Demonstrate soft skills: emotional intelligence, entrepreneurial mindset, leadership and teamwork.
  • Practice social consciousness and responsibility.
  • Explore a business career direction.
  • Demonstrate rational and informed decision making that supports the company goals based on relevant data.
  • Identify motivational tools and techniques to pursue company goals.
Last Updated: 4/8/24