2010-2011 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 1, Issue 1 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree Program
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The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Administration degree program is designed to help students focus their academic and professional development consistent with their career objectives and experiences. It is open to both students who have already earned college credit at a community college, junior college, or other university, and working professionals with no college experience.
In the program, students will follow a practical path to degree completion consisting of the following:
- A business core addresses all basic business functions
- A selection of general education courses tailored to professional needs
- A selection of specialized concentration designed to achieve a specified career plan
- A set of electives to complement and extend those competencies.
The program is designed to prepare students with competencies, skills and knowledge for immediate entry-level employment while simultaneously providing the basis for graduate education in business.
This applied, competency-oriented program combines flexible online and in-residence, classes in multiple formats intended to encourage students to move through the program at a pace that best suits their needs.
All students admitted to the (BS) in Business Administration degree program are expected to possess the following basic skills: the ability to use standard written and spoken English effectively; basic calculation skills (pre-algebra) and the ability to use a calculator to perform basic operations; fundamental computer skills necessary to prepare reports, give presentations, access online materials and information, and correspond via e-mail.
In addition to the business core, students complete one of the following concentrations:
- Healthcare Management
- Human Resources
- International Business
- Organizational Management
The primary goal of each concentration is to help students acquire the competencies, skills, and knowledge needed to seek lower- or entry-level management positions in a related function or industry.
Program Learning Outcomes
Program Outcome One: Communication
Communicate business concepts in the language of business, both written and orally, appropriate to the audience.
Analyze through observation, active listening, and probing questions how others are responding to your communication and adjust as necessary.
Create an awareness of how you are absorbing the content and nuance of information provided to you, orally or written, and recognize when personal biases are in play.
Demonstrate awareness of body language and other non-verbal communication that lead to the “true message”, both implied and inferred.
Program Outcome Two: Team
Define the attributes of an effective team member and leader behaviors in reaching specific business goals.
Identify situations and conditions under which team or individual projects are most appropriate and communicate the information to relevant parties.
Select appropriate strategies for motivating teams to reach goals under different constraints and conditions.
Program Outcome Three: Cognitive
Basic Problem Solving – Given a business opportunity or problem, select and defend a course of action.
Advanced Problem Solving – Identify business opportunities and problems in ambiguous situations, generate solution options and recommend alternatives.
Information Literacy – Identify appropriate sources and access those sources to generate qualitative and quantitative information necessary to make an informed business choice.
Program Outcome Four: Analysis and Application
Integration Identify the tensions and synergies between the basic business disciplines.
Analysis – Determine the critical information necessary to make an informed business. choice under a variety of conditions, and also determine critical missing information for informed choice.
Generate options and recommendations for action that support the mission of the organization while simultaneously meeting the needs of critical stakeholders in conditions of imperfect and ambiguous information.
Program Outcome Five: Ethics/Diversity
Identify the ethical framework of managers and employees in both routine work life and highly volatile change situations.
Express a code of professional ethics and/or behavior for yourself and your organization.
Identify synergies/benefits and tensions/constraints of diversity within and across organizational settings and be able to communicate professionally the underlying ethics and values that govern your approach.
Applicants must provide proof of high school graduation or GED and meet one of the following conditions:
- ACT Composite score of 18 or above, or
- Combined Math and Critical Reading SAT score of 870, or
- Minimum High School GPA of 2.0 or above
- A minimum score of 500 on the written TOEFL® or 61 on the TOEFL® Internet (iBT) is also required for all applicants whose native language is not English or who have not graduated from an institution at which English is the language of instruction
Other Admission Requirements
- Proof of high school graduation documented by one of the following:
- Official high school transcript
- State issued high school equivalency (home school)
- Official General Educational Development (GED) document
- Official college transcript that shows proof of high school graduation from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved by the Dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies, or an appropriately certified foreign institution
- Proof of high school graduation or earned college degree
All applications for admission must be submitted to the Admissions Department. An admissions representative will help interested applicants complete the following required documentation:
- Completed Application for Admission Form
- Application fee (Non-refundable, except in California and Arizona. In the state of Arizona, the application fee is refundable if the application is canceled within three business days of the applicant signing the Enrollment Agreement.)
- Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended*
- Proof of high school graduation or GED or college degree from a regionally accredited institution or nationally accredited institution approved and documented by the faculty and dean of the College of Undergraduate Studies
*Students admitted on Provisional Status, or on the basis of their high school GPA need only submit official transcripts for coursework they wish to have considered for transfer credit.
Exceptions to the Minimum Grade Point Average
Applicants with grade point averages lower than the stated minimum may be considered for admission in accordance with the policy stated within the admission requirements section of the Academic Catalog for each program. An admission by exception must be approved by the program chair. Exceptions must be justified, documented, signed, placed, and retained in the student’s academic file. Students admitted on an exception basis will be assigned “Provisional Status” in accordance with Argosy University policies regarding Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students in term-based programs will have a maximum of two semesters to meet the standards for academic progress.
Provisional status does not impact a student’s eligibility for financial aid.
- Satisfactory completion of all required courses within the program major with a grade of “C-” or better
- Completion of a minimum of 120 credit hours which includes
- 42 credit hours General Education Curriculum Requirements1
- 45 credit hours Business Core course requirements
- 12 credit hours Concentration requirements
- 21 credit hours Open Electives requirements2
- Satisfactory completion of 42 credit hours of upper division courses
- Satisfactory completion of all required business courses at Argosy University within the core coursework, with a grade of “C-” or better.
- An Argosy University grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- A completed Petition to Graduate submitted to campus administration
1 The General Education Curriculum requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours. To satisfy these requirements, students choose an additional general education elective. Electives requirements are 10 courses or 30 credit hours. The total credit hours required to complete the program remains the same at 120 credit hours.
2 Open Electives requirements are 18 credit hours at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa.
The student must complete a total of a minimum of 120 credit hours as follows:
General Education Curriculum Requirements (42 credit hours)3
All students are required to take 14 courses or 42 credit hours in General Education distributed as follows:
- 6 credit hours in academic and interpersonal skills4
- 6 credit hours in communication including ENG 101 - Composition I (3 credit hours)
- 6 credit hours in humanities5
- 6 credit hours in social sciences consisting of ECO 201 and ECO 202 6
- 6 credit hours in natural science
- 6 credit hours in mathematics
- 6 credit hours in elective courses (which may be in any distribution area)7
3The General Education Curriculum requirements at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are 45 credit hours.
4 To satisfy the Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements, students are required to take ASP 100 Skills for Success and PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness during the first semester of attendance. Transfer credit is not accepted for either course. Academic and Interpersonal Skills requirements are 3 credit hours at Argosy University, Twin Cities and are fulfilled by successful completion of PSY 180 Interpersonal Effectiveness . Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities apply ASP 100 Skills for Success towards the Open Electives Requirements.
5 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Humanities category.
6 Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 9 credit hours within the Social Sciences category.
7Students at Argosy University, Sarasota and Argosy University, Tampa are required to take 9 credit hours in general education elective courses. Students at Argosy University, Twin Cities are required to take 3 credit hours general education elective courses.