General Business

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

The General Business major prepares students to be leaders with general management responsibilities. These students develop new skills, adopt a business-wide perspective, and are suited to become effective strategists, organization builders, and leaders beyond a narrow area of expertise. AIC graduates with a General Business major will possess a varied arsenal of business tools with which to compete, thrive, adapt and communicate.

Mission of AIC’s Business Programs
Mission Statement of AIC’s Business Programs:

The mission of the AIC Business Program is to foster academic excellence and student achievement at both the undergraduate and graduate levels within a supportive community of teachers and learners.

Learning Outcomes for General Business
The following are learning outcomes for successful completion of the general business major. Students will be able to:

  • Students will be able to apply the basic concepts and theories of business.
  • Students will be able to apply and present business decisions using appropriate business tools and software.

The School of Business, Arts & Sciences at American International College have received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Accreditation  Council for Business Education (IACBE) located at 11960 Quivira Road, Suite 300, Overland Park, KS 66213.

School of Business Administration Accreditation Status

Report of Outcomes Assessment Results

To see a report of student learning and program assessment please view the International Accreditation Council for Business Education’s Interim Quality Assurance Report.

Graduation Rates

Please view this report to see graduation rates for this program.

The General Business major at AIC prepares students to work in a wide variety of business-related fields. Learn how to lead, and get the necessary knowledge you need to function in a business of any size.

—Dr. Susanne Swanker, PhD Dean of the School of Business, Arts & Sciences

In the classroom. In the workforce.

What You’ll Learn

This program helps prepare you for success in a broad range of business and corporate settings
 by focusing on coursework in business fundamentals, leadership, teamwork, and technology development.

Future Studies

As a graduate of the program, you’ll have the skills necessary to join both small and large companies in a variety of roles, including leadership development and work experience internships.

Career Opportunities

Graduating prepares you to work in a variety of business settings, including corporate development programs, service industries, including sales and retail, and entrepreneurial opportunities.

All School of Business Administration students must fulfill general education requirements. All School of Business students must take the following introductory business courses:

  • ACC1201: Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC1601: Principles of Accounting II
  • BUS1407: Business Communications
  • BUS3000: Business Law
  • ECO1401: Macroeconomics (General Education Requirement)
  • ECO1402: Microeconomics (General Education Requirement)
  • FIN2003: Managerial Finance
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business
  • MAT1250: Finite Mathematics I
  • MAT1430: Foundations of Statistics
  • MGT1400: Principles of Management
  • MIS1210: Introduction to Management Information Systems
  • MIS1220: Applications of Microcomputers
  • MKT1450: Principles of Marketing I
  • MGT4800: Senior Policy Seminar

Major Requirements

  • MGT2400: Organizational Behavior
  • MGT3661 Project Management

And a minimum of 24 credits of coursework using one of the following options:

  • 3000-level or higher business courses
  • A combination of a completed minor in any field, other than management, and 3000-level or higher business courses

Minor Requirements
(Enrollment in Business Minor Limited to Non-Business Majors)

  • ACC1201: Principles of Accounting I
  • ACC1601: Principles of Accounting II
  • ECO1401: Macroeconomics
  • FIN2003: Managerial Finance
  • IBS1400: Introduction to International Business
  • MGT1400: Principles of Management
  • MKT1450: Principles of Marketing

Course Requirements

This course provides students with the tools and techniques to effectively communicate and present reports and ideas in the business environment. Included in the course is the proper construction of business reports, letters, memos and other communiques. Also included is the proper construction of a business presentation complete with visual aids (presentations tools such as PowerPoint). The course also provides the student with the use of information research techniques to find, analyze, and evaluate published business information and properly cite references. The student is given the opportunity to develop a recommendation to a business scenario and present it both in writing and orally.

This course is devoted to the study of the fundamental principles and processes of an economic system, with special emphasis on the coordination and control of the United States economy. Emphasis is on the macroeconomic approach.

This course examines individual decision making in various applied economic environments. Areas of application include international trade, market structures, labor markets, and various U. S. institutional environments, both public and private. Basic emphasis is on the microeconomic approach.

This course introduces the student to financial management, with emphasis on the identification and solution of the financial problems facing business enterprises. Basic financial analysis is examined in concert with management of working capital, management of long-term assets, cost of capital, and long-term financing. Basic modern quantitative analytic techniques are used to introduce students to improved forecasting and planning methods.

The course will explain business and management concepts from an international perspective. It will focus on the social, cultural, political, legal, and economic environments that influence international business operations. The course will look at international trade theories, the evolution of regional economic integration arrangements, foreign direct investment, governmental intervention in international trade, and the importance of foreign currency exchange market. Course work will include special research projects and/or case studies for class presentation and discussion.

This course examines the various tools and techniques used in analyzing quantitative data; including descriptive statistics, probability and random variables, sampling design, theory of estimation and hypothesis testing for parameters of a single population, student ‘t’ and normal distributions. A year of high school algebra is recommended but not required. The course will make active use of technology by requiring the use of computer software.

This course offers an introduction to the principles of management and their application to business. The basic management concepts of planning, organizing, controlling, motivating, communicating, staffing, and leading provide the basis for understanding of the management profession and a basis upon which higher level management courses can build more specialized knowledge.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This seminar is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to apply the wide array of knowledge gained through his/her academic program to various real world situations. The student’s knowledge application will be assessed through the analysis of complex business case problems.

This meets the requirement as a writing intensive course in the major. This course provides an introduction to information systems from a business point of view. Subjects to be covered include: terminology, a survey of hardware and software, introduction to systems analysis and design, as well as an overview of the college’s computer facilities.

This course is a survey of microcomputers as used in today’s environment. The student will become familiar with current trends and uses of microcomputers as well as hands-on exposure to spreadsheets, databases, word processors, and operating systems. Students will be required to develop applications in each of the software areas.

Marketing is a key activity that enables businesses and organizations to achieve their goals by satisfying the needs of others through mutually beneficial relationships. This course will provide students with an understanding of important marketing theory and practices, including: the marketing concept; the marketing environment; market segmentation, product positioning; product and brand strategies; pricing strategies, marketing communication strategies; distribution strategies; consumer and business buying behavior; and electronic marketing.

This course is a study of accounting as it serves the needs of management, principally in planning operations, controlling activities, and making decisions. Course emphasis is on the use of accounting by those seeking careers in other areas of business. Topics covered include cost terms, concepts, and classifications; job-order costing; process costing; cost behavior analysis and use; cost-volume-profit relationships; profit planning; standard costs; flexible budgets and overhead analysis; and relevant costs for decision making.

This course provides practice in the construction of speeches, analysis of appeals to various audiences, and development of the speaking voice. It is a practical course offered to fit the needs of students in all fields. In cases of over-enrollment, seniors will be given preference.

This course studies the economic principles of labor markets, and human resource economics. Issues concerning labor supply and demand, wage differentials, the role of education, investment in human capital, unemployment, discrimination, income inequality, and labor unions are discussed, with emphasis on application to the U. S. institutional framework.

This course provides a conceptual framework for understanding and studying the dynamics of behavior in organizational settings and for applying these concepts to improving organizational effectiveness. Included are personality, organizational theory and structure, the decision process, the communication process, group dynamics and leadership, and conflict resolution.

Current issues of ethics in society as they affect business behavior will be discussed. Topics include the social responsibilities of business, environmental issues, human rights and technological progress, business ethics, and an analysis of global societal values.

Leadership involves change and facing up to difficult decisions and situations. The intent of this course is to give a practical understanding of leadership, its demands, its wide variety of effective styles, and both its positive and negative impacts on organization.

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