Business Administration

The Business Administration curriculum is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the free enterprise system. Students are provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions, processes and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy. Course work includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management, global business and marketing. Skills related to the application of these concepts are developed through the study of computer applications, communication, team building and decision-making. Through these skills, students gain a sound business education base for lifelong learning. Graduates are prepared for employment opportunities in government agencies, financial institutions and large to small business or industry.

For more information, call the Business Administration Division office at 704.330.4228.

For specific information about potential positions and wages in business administration employment, visit the Central Piedmont Career Coach website.

Business Administration (A25120)

Degree Awarded

The Associate in Applied Science Degree – Business Administration is awarded by the college upon completion of this program.

Admissions

  • A high school diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Submit a completed admissions application to Central Piedmont.
  • Submit high school transcripts and any former college transcripts to Admissions, Records & Registration.
  • Request all former college transcripts be evaluated for transfer credit to Central Piedmont. Business and Accounting courses taken at Central Piedmont or transferred in from another institution over 10 years old will not be counted towards a degree or certificate unless approved by the Business and Accounting program chairs.
  • Central Piedmont placement tests are required in reading comprehension and algebra. Developmental courses in English and mathematics are available for students to build basic skills and knowledge. All necessary developmental courses must be completed prior to beginning courses with the following prefixes: ACC, BUS, ECM, INT, LOG, and MKT.
  • Consult with an advisement counselor and attend an orientation session following placement testing.
  • Consult with the Program Chair regarding program sequence of courses and course registration. Call the Business and Accounting Division at 704.330.4228 for an appointment.
  • Many courses have prerequisites or co-requisites; check the Courses section for details.

Method of Study

Business Administration Degree courses are either web-enhanced or offered fully online. Testing is available at one of the Central Piedmont campuses or online. Check with the instructor or the Business and Accounting Division Office at 704.330.6595 for details.

Transferring to Senior Institutions

In order to transfer courses more effectively, students intending to transfer from Central Piedmont to a senior institution should check with the four-year school(s) of their choice for general education, program and GPA requirements for transfer. Information on transfer institutions is available through the Business and Accounting Division Office.

For More Information

The Business Administration program is in the Business and Accounting Division. For information, call the Business and Accounting Division office at 704.330.4228.

Business Administration (A25120)

General Education Requirements
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3.0
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
Literature-Based Research
Professional Research & Reporting
COM 110Introduction to Communication3.0
or COM 231 Public Speaking
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Quantitative Literacy
Statistical Methods I
Precalculus Algebra
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Art Appreciation
Art History Survey I
Art History Survey II
Theatre Appreciation
Cultural Studies
Myth in Human Culture
Music Appreciation
Introduction to Jazz
Philosophical Issues
Introduction to Ethics
World Religions
Select 3 credits from the following courses:3.0
Principles of Macroeconomics
World Civilizations I
World Civilizations II
American History I
American History II
American Government
General Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements
ACA 122College Transfer Success1.0
BUS 110Introduction to Business3.0
BUS 115Business Law I3.0
BUS 137Principles of Management3.0
MKT 120Principles of Marketing3.0
ACC 120Principles of Financial Accounting4.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
ECO 251Principles of Microeconomics3.0
or ECO 151 Survey of Economics
BUS 139Entrepreneurship I3.0
BUS 153Human Resource Management3.0
BUS 240Business Ethics3.0
BUS 253Leadership and Management Skills3.0
Technical Electives
Select 14 credits from the following:14.0
Global Business Management Specialty:
International Business
Global Communication
International Trade
Human Resources Management Specialty:
Employment Law and Regulations
Training and Development
Recruiting,Selection&Personnel Planning
Logistics Specialty:
Introduction to Logistics
Transportation Logistics
Supply Chain Management
Marketing Specialty:
Advertising and Sales Promotion
Social Media Marketing
Introduction to E-Commerce
Project Management Specialty:
Introduction to Project Management
Project Management Assessing Risk
Project Management Issues
Project Management Leadership
Additional Elective Options:
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Accounting Software Applications
International Accounting
Economics for Bankers
Introduction to Analytics
Data Visualization
Introduction to Analytical Programming
Applied Analytical Programming
SIFE Business Development
Business Law II
Personal Finance
Principles of Supervision
Human Relations
Business Statistics
Small Business Management
Organizational Behavior in Business
Compensation and Benefits
Human Resource Management Applications
Business Communication
Principles of Macroeconomics
Travel Study Abroad
International Economics
International Law
Import/Export Management
Purchasing Logistics
Advanced Global Logistics
Retailing
Visual Merchandising
Fundamentals of Selling
Consumer Behavior
Customer Service
International Marketing
Marketing Research
Marketing Applications
Service Marketing
Special Events Production
Public Relations
Entertainment Promotion
Intro to Operations Mgmt
Elementary Spanish I
and Spanish Lab 1
Elementary Spanish II
and Spanish Lab 2
Elementary French I
and French Lab 1
Elementary German I
and German Lab 1
Introduction to Sustainability
Issues in Sustainability
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning I
Work-Based Learning II
Work-Based Learning III
Total Credits67

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No diplomas are offered in Business Administration.

Business Administration Certificates (C25120)

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Entrepreneurship (C25120-C4)

This certificate is designed to provide the student with a concentrated course of study in the field of entrepreneurship and small business start-up and management. Upon completion of the six courses, a certificate is awarded by the college. Courses for this certificate may be applied toward the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Business Administration. For more information, call the Business and Accounting Division at 704.330.4228.

Major Requirements
MKT 120Principles of Marketing3.0
BUS 110Introduction to Business3.0
BUS 139Entrepreneurship I3.0
BUS 125Personal Finance3.0
Accounting Elective
ACC 150Accounting Software Applications2.0
or ACC 120 Principles of Financial Accounting
Business Elective
Select one of the following:3.0
Human Resource Management
Business Law I
International Business
Social Media Marketing
Total Credits17

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Business Operations (C25120-C5)

This certificate is designed to provide students with a foundation in business vocabulary in addition to various topics that prepares them for pre-management positions. This certificate may be applied toward the Associate Degree in Business Administration.  This certificate also is available to students enrolled in Career & College Promise.  For more information, call the Business and Accounting Division at 704.330.4228.

Major Requirements
BUS 115Business Law I3.0
BUS 137Principles of Management3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
MKT 120Principles of Marketing3.0
BUS 110Introduction to Business3.0
Total Credits15

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Business Analytics (C25120-C7)

Major Requirements
BAS 120Introduction to Analytics3.0
BAS 121Data Visualization3.0
BAS 150Introduction to Analytical Programming3.0
BAS 220Applied Analytical Programming3.0
BUS 228Business Statistics3.0
Total Credits15

Business Administration Certificate Specialization in Project Management (C25120-C8)

Major Requirements
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
BUS 110Introduction to Business3.0
PMT 110Introduction to Project Management3.0
PMT 111Project Management Assessing Risk3.0
WBL 112Work-Based Learning I (General Education Requirements)2.0
Total Credits14

Business Administration Certificate Specialization in Advanced Project Management (C25120-C9)

Major Requirements
BUS 137Principles of Management3.0
BUS 234Training and Development3.0
or BUS 253 Leadership and Management Skills
PMT 210Project Management Issues3.0
PMT 215Project Management Leadership3.0
WBL 122Work-Based Learning II2.0
Total Credits14

Human Resources Management Certificates

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Human Resources Management (C25120-12)

Major Requirements
BUS 153Human Resource Management3.0
BUS 217Employment Law and Regulations3.0
BUS 234Training and Development3.0
BUS 253Leadership and Management Skills3.0
BUS 256Recruiting,Selection&Personnel Planning3.0
Total Credits15

Global Studies Certificates

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in International Business (C25120-20)

This certificate in International Business provides students with a broad understanding of global business management and fosters the development of a global mindset. Students will develop critical thinking and operational strategies to successfully navigate a global business environment. Intercultural awareness, international marketing, foreign investment, overseas manufacturing, global value chain, and strategic planning are main skills and knowledge that will be acquired with the completion of this certificate. For more information, please call the Business and Accounting division at 704.330.4228.

Major Requirements
INT 110International Business3.0
INT 115Global Communication3.0
INT 210International Trade3.0
BUS 253Leadership and Management Skills3.0
ACC 120Principles of Financial Accounting3.0
or MKT 220 Advertising and Sales Promotion
Total Credits15

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Logistics (C25120-22)

Major Requirements
LOG 110Introduction to Logistics3.0
LOG 125Transportation Logistics3.0
LOG 215Supply Chain Management3.0
INT 110International Business3.0
CIS 110Introduction to Computers3.0
Total Credits15

Marketing Certificates

Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Brand Promotion (C25120-29)

The Business Administration Certificate with a Specialization in Brand Promotion will provide an understanding of the basics of advertising and brand promotion. Students will apply these branding concepts in the area of digital marketing. Specific focus will include website design and social medial marketing. For more information, call the Business and Accounting Division at 704.330.4228.

Major Requirements
MKT 120Principles of Marketing3.0
MKT 220Advertising and Sales Promotion3.0
MKT 232Social Media Marketing4.0
ECM 210Introduction to E-Commerce3.0
Total Credits13

Business Courses

BUS 110. Introduction to Business. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a survey of the business world. Topics include the basic principles and practices of contemporary business. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of business concepts as a foundation for studying other business subjects.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 112. SIFE Business Development. 2.0 Credits. Class-1.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides students with opportunities for practical application of concepts taught in business, marketing, and economics courses. Emphasis is placed on free markets in a global economy, how entrepreneurs succeed, personal financial success skills, and business ethics. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge in business, marketing, and economics and display creative problem-solving, public speaking, leadership, and public relations skills.

Prerequisites: Take BUS 110

BUS 115. Business Law I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the student to the legal and ethical framework of business. Contracts, negotiable instruments, the law of sales, torts, crimes, constitutional law, the Uniform Commercial Code, and the court systems are examined. Upon completion the student should be able to identify legal and ethical issues that arise in business decisions and the laws that apply to them.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 116. Business Law II. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course includes the study of the legal and ethical framework of business. Business Organizations, property law, intellectual property law, agency and employment law, consumer law, secured transactions, and bankruptcy are examined. Upon completion, the student should be able to identify legal and ethical issues that arise in business decisions and the laws that apply to them.

Prerequisites: Take BUS 115

BUS 121. Business Math. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course covers fundamental mathematical operations and their application to business problems. Topics include payroll, pricing, interest and discount, commission, taxes, and other pertinent uses of mathematics in the field of business. Upon completion, students should be able to apply mathematical concepts to business.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002Complete one of the following options:
Take DMA 010 DMA 020 and DMA 030
Take MAT 003

BUS 125. Personal Finance. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides a study of individual and family financial decisions. Emphasis is placed on building useful skills in buying, managing finances, increasing resources, and coping with current economic conditions. Upon completion, students should be able to develop a personal financial plan.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 135. Principles of Supervision. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic responsibilities and duties of the supervisor and his/her relationship to higher-level supervisors, subordinates, and associates. Emphasis is placed on effective utilization of the work force and understanding the role of the supervisor. Upon completion, students should be able to apply supervisory principles in the work place.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 137. Principles of Management. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to be an overview of the major functions of management. Emphasis is placed on planning, organizing, controlling, directing, and communicating. Upon completion, students should be able to work as contributing members of a team utilizing these functions of management.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 139. Entrepreneurship I. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include self-analysis of entrepreneurship readiness, the role of entrepreneur in economic development, legal problems, organizational structure, sources of financing, budgeting, and cash flow. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and issues faced by entrepreneurs.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 152. Human Relations. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the concepts of effective human interaction in the business work environment. Topics include effective communication techniques, motivation, ego states, stress, and conflict. Upon completion, students should be able to explain the importance of human relations, apply motivational techniques, and implement strategies for resolving work-related conflicts.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 153. Human Resource Management. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the functions of personnel/human resource management within an organization. Topics include equal opportunity and the legal environment, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, employee development, compensation planning, and employee relations. Upon completion, students should be able to anticipate and resolve human resource concerns.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 217. Employment Law and Regulations. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the principle laws and regulations affecting public and private organizations and their employees or prospective employees. Topics include fair employment practices, EEO, affirmative action, and employee rights and protections. Upon completion, students should be able to evaluate organization policy for compliance and assure that decisions are not contrary to law.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 225. Business Finance. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course provides an overview of business financial management. Emphasis is placed on financial statement analysis, time value of money, management of cash flow, risk and return, and sources of financing. Upon completion, students should be able to interpret and apply the principles of financial management.

Prerequisites: Take ACC 120 Minimum grade C

BUS 228. Business Statistics. 3.0 Credits. Class-2.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-2.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the use of statistical methods and tools in evaluating research data for business applications. Emphasis is placed on basic probability, measures of spread and dispersion, central tendency, sampling, regression analysis, and inductive inference. Upon completion, students should be able to apply statistical problem solving to business.

BUS 230. Small Business Management. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the challenges of entrepreneurship including the startup and operation of a small business. Topics include market research techniques, feasibility studies, site analysis, financing alternatives, and managerial decision making. Upon completion, students should be able to develop a small business plan.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 234. Training and Development. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers developing, conducting, and evaluating employee training with attention to adult learning principles. Emphasis is placed on conducting a needs assessment, using various instructional approaches, designing the learning environment, and locating learning resources. Upon completion, students should be able to design, conduct, and evaluate a training program.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 240. Business Ethics. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces contemporary and controversial ethical issues that face the business community. Topics include moral reasoning, moral dilemmas, law and morality, equity, justice and fairness, ethical standards, and moral development. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of their moral responsibilities and obligations as members of the workforce and society.

Prerequisites: Take BUS 110 with a minimum grade of CComplete one of the following options:
# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take ENG 111 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 253. Leadership and Management Skills. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course includes a study of the qualities, behaviors, and personal styles exhibited by leaders. Emphasis is placed on coaching, counseling, team building, and employee involvement. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and exhibit the behaviors needed for organizational effectiveness.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options: # DRE 098 or ENG 111# Take EFL 111 or EFL 112
# Take ENG 002 From rule RMINP2

BUS 255. Organizational Behavior in Business. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course covers the impact of different management practices and leadership styles on worker satisfaction and morale, organizational effectiveness, productivity, and profitability. Topics include a discussion of formal and informal organizations, group dynamics, motivation, and managing conflict and change. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze different types of interpersonal situations and determine an appropriate course of action.

Prerequisites: Take BUS 110 with a minimum grade of C

BUS 256. Recruiting,Selection&Personnel Planning. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course introduces the basic principles involved in managing the employment process. Topics include personnel planning, recruiting, interviewing and screening techniques, maintaining employee records; and voluntary and involuntary separations. Upon completion, students should be able to acquire and retain employees who match position requirements and fulfill organizational objectives.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
Take ENG 002

BUS 258. Compensation and Benefits. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to study the basic concepts of pay and its role in rewarding performance. Topics include wage and salary surveys, job analysis, job evaluation techniques, benefits, and pay-for-performance programs. Upon completion, students should be able to develop and manage a basic compensation system to attract, motivate, and retain employees.

Prerequisites: Complete one of the following options:# Take DRE 097 or DRE 098
# Take EFL 111 EFL 112 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 111 ENG 112 ENG 113 or ENG 114 with a minimum grade of C
# Take ENG 002

BUS 259. Human Resource Management Applications. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course provides students in the Human Resource Management concentration the opportunity to reinforce their learning experiences from preceding HRM courses. Emphasis is placed on application of day-to-day HRM functions by completing in-basket exercises and through simulations. Upon completion, students should be able to determine the appropriate actions called for by typical events that affect the status of people at work.

Prerequisites: Take All: BUS 217, BUS 234, BUS 256, and BUS 258

BUS 260. Business Communication. 3.0 Credits. Class-3.0. Clinical-0.0. Lab-0.0. Work-0.0

This course is designed to develop skills in writing business communications. Emphasis is placed on business reports, correspondence, and professional presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to communicate effectively in the work place. This course is designed to develop skills in writing business communications. Emphasis is placed on business reports, correspondence, and professional presentations. Upon completion, students should be able to communicate effectively in the work place.

Prerequisites: Take One: ENG 110 or ENG 111