Associate of Arts in Business Courses

Based on reasonable projections of faculty availability and appropriate curriculum considerations, the following courses can change as deemed necessary by Baker University to fulfill its role and mission. Completing the 60-credit-hour AAB curriculum requires approximately 24 months.

BU 110* Orientation to Business Education

This is an introductory course for adult students pursuing a business degree. Topics include program planning, group interaction, written and oral communication skills, research skills, test taking, note taking and time management. This course instructs students in the methods of critical reading and reflection and in the application of these skills in writing. This course must be taken in residency prior to entering Foundations or Pathways. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

Foundations Track: Students with Fewer than 24 College Credits

SO 242 Society and the Individual

An essential goal of sociology is to understand the dynamic relationship between social structures and individual values and behaviors. This course explores the nature of human interaction in its social context. Primary focus is given to the study of the relationship between norms, social roles and society. The course also discusses the nature of social identities, social transactions and the development of the "self." How each applies to gender and sexuality, obedience and conformity, socialization and groups will also be discussed. (3 credits)

BU 102 Business Writing

This course familiarizes the student with fundamental issues associated with the writing of effective expository prose such as research sentences, principles of good organization, coherence, and redundancy and grammatically correct sentence structure. This course satisfies the written-English requirement. (3 credits)

PS 115 Introduction to American Politics

Introduction to American Politics introduces students to the basic concepts of American politics including its classical roots and theoretical basis, the Constitution, the three branches of government, civil liberties, public policy, the mass media and foreign policy. At the conclusion, students apply their understanding of the theories to specific current problems. (3 credits)

EN 110 Literature and Ideas

Study the artistic conventions and techniques employed by writers to structure written language into literary works of art. Selections come from a wide spectrum of contemporary and historical works. (3 credits)

PH 111 Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking is an introductory logic course designed to develop the ability to think clearly and critically primarily through practice in inductive and deductive reasoning. The course emphasizes recognition of fallacious reasoning, unclear or misleading language and manipulative techniques in various forms of communication. (3 credits)

CO 102 Business Communication

In this course, students build interpersonal, small-group and public presentation skills. Course content focuses on the process of communication, self-concept, perception, listening, leadership in groups, language and nonverbal communication as well as research, design and delivery of public presentations. (3 credits)

TH 111 The Theatre Experience

Through readings and discussion, The Theatre Experience introduces students to the process by which a script transforms into a theatrical production. Examine tragedies, comedies and tragicomedies as products of their individual societies; study the corresponding period of theatre and cultural history. This examination of acting, directing and technical theatre increases students' appreciation of theatre as a dynamic art form in contemporary culture. (3 credits)

HI 231 1945-1980: Decades of Change

In this course, students explore the significant events in American history from World War II to 1980 and the impact of these events on the present. Course content focuses on foreign and domestic policy, social and cultural change, politics and the economy. (3 credits)

PY 258 Industrial and Organizational Psychology

This course introduces students to the factors that influence human behavior in organizational settings, emphasizing scientific analysis of individual processes, group processes, and organizational structure and design. Investigate specific areas such as personnel psychology, organizational psychology, factors in the workplace and consumer psychology. (3 credits)

BI 120 Human Ecology

A biology course for the nonscientist, Human Ecology introduces the terminology and world view of biological science by examining the impact of modern technology on human ecology. (3 credits)

Pathways Track: Students with 24 or More Credits

BU 230* Financial Planning

Learn about the role of consumers in the economy. Students will develop a basic financial plan, apply budgeting procedures in daily and monthly spending plans, calculate principal and interest, define types of consumer credit and identify types of housing mortgages. Applying course concepts, the student should be able to determine individual insurance needs and be able to explain employee and retirement benefits. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

BU 250* Advertising and Promotion

Advertising and Promotion provides an introduction to the fundamental elements of customer communication and how to apply them to target market strategies. Get an introduction to advertising principles and practices and develop an advertising plan for a business organization. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

MA 145 College Algebra

College Algebra includes a study of algebraic equations, inequalities, functions, graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, arithmetic sequences, combinations and permutations and simple probabilities. This course satisfies the math requirement. (3 credits)

BU 220* Foundations of Business Management

Foundations of Business Management introduces the student to the operation of business and its position in domestic and international commerce. Examine the role of business in the creation and distribution of goods and services, and learn about business participation in civic and public affairs. Students get to know the basic business functions of management, marketing, human resources, accounting and finance. The course explores career options in business. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

BU 260* Fundamentals of Accounting

An introductory accounting course describing accounting theory and practice, Fundamentals of Accounting emphasizes the use of financial statements for management control. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

BI 245 Human Nutrition

Human Nutrition introduces the student to the fundamentals of human nutrition as related to growth, development and maintenance of good health. In addition to nutritional theory, students learn to analyze and plan nutritional regimens. (3 credits)

BU 240* Basic Economics

This course provides an introduction to the study of economics and applies economics to contemporary social issues such as pollution, professional sports, crime, unemployment and taxation. Students gain a framework of basic tools to support their understanding of fundamental economic principles. (3 credits) *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree. *Course must be taken in residency at Baker for the associate degree.

EC 111 Economic Analysis of Social Issues

Economic forces lie at the root of many social problems. Furthermore, many social problems arise because of the incompatibility of individual incentives and social outcomes. Students in this course will be encouraged to think about everyday events in an economic fashion. This course begins by developing in the student a few fundamental tools of economic analysis and continues on to apply those tools to current problems discussed in economics as well as other academic disciplines, paying particular attention to the role of government in solving or creating social problems. (3 credits)

RE 350* Bible and Leadership

In this course, students examine principles of effective leadership as they are demonstrated by prominent biblical figures. The course applies these leadership principles to Joseph, King David, Peter, Paul and Jesus. Students also explore their own leadership style as it relates to the leadership principles. (3 credits) 

MM 140 Mass Media and Society

Mass Media and Society provides the student with a look at the world of mass communication and its interrelationship with our culture. The course presents the fundamentals of mass communication and shows the importance and relevance of the mass media in our society in the information age. It focuses on describing the influence the mass media have on our lives and on popular culture. (3 credits)