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Business, AAS

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Program Mission Statement

The AAS: Business degree provides a variety of program options to suit the student’s career plan. The broadly based program provides the opportunity to develop, improve, or update knowledge and skills, as well as specialize in a select area.

Graduate Outcomes

Program graduates:

  • Can define and create a business plan, define the concepts of entrepreneurship, and identify basic types of start-up ventures.
  • Understand the process of filing for legal protection of ideas, and understand the legal issues surrounding starting or expanding businesses.
  • Understand and apply fundamental accounting principles, skills, and processes.
  • Possess at least a basic working knowledge of computer hardware and software tools including word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
  • Understand market price determination, production theory, elements of value, and distribution theory.
  • Exhibit effective oral and written communication skills for successful interaction in the business setting.
  • Utilize computer software and hardware tools for problem-solving and decision making.
  • Can apply microeconomics theory to personal and business decision making.


The graduate outcomes for the AAS: Business are assessed through the graduate/exit survey, employer survey, alumni survey, and review of collected student-generated exhibits over time. The assessment plan for the AAS: Business is available at https://www.umwestern.edu/accreditation.html#umw-tabbed-iacbe.

Credit Requirements

General Education: 16 Credits

  • Written & Oral Communication 4 Credit(s)
  • Mathematics 4 Credit(s)
  • Natural Sciences 4 Credit(s)
  • Economics (meets Behavioral and Social Science Requirement) 4 Credit(s)

Select 1 course/4 credits from the following rubrics:

  • Any Business related rubrics 4 Credit(s)

AAS: Business Total Credits Required: 69

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