Business Administration Course List

BIBLICAL STUDIES

Old Testament Survey (BOT 1702)  3 credits
This course is a survey of the Old Testament literature in its historical setting. Attention is given to outstanding persons, events, and theological emphases.

New Testament Survey (BNT 1000)  3 credits
This course is a survey of the background and content of the New Testament with an emphasis on learning to ask questions that will give the student a deeper understanding of the Scriptures. It is designed for students who desire to use the New Testament for the purposes intended by God both in their personal lives and in their teaching. The course is designed from a conservative and evangelical framework.

Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 1002)  3 credits
Introduction to the principles of biblical interpretation in order to better understand the Bible. Emphasis placed on the application of these principles.

Fundamentals of Theology (TH 2705)  3 credits
This course surveys the essential ideas of Christian thought and doctrine. Emphasis is placed on the biblical foundations of Christian belief as well as the application of doctrine to the Christian life and worldview.

Advanced Interpretation of Biblical Literature (BSA 3019)  3 credits
Study of various interpretive issues including the canon, translation issues, text criticism, and contemporary methods of interpretation.

Biblical Theology of Leadership (TH 3752)  3 credits
This course provides a biblical, Christ-centered perspective of leadership ideas. Historical trends in the development of leadership thinking—both from a secular and Christian perspective—are discussed and evaluated in light of biblical truth, and students will be challenged to apply this truth to their own lives and their understanding of organizational behavior.

Redemption in the OT (BOT 3740)  3 credits
This course will provide the learner with an overview of the Old Testament teachings and application of the doctrine of redemption for both individuals and the community of Israel. An emphasis both on the contextual relationships and the preparation for an understanding of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ will be included in this course to provide the learner with a foundational knowledge of the Christian view of redemption.

Life of Christ (BNT 3708)  3 credits
This course is a journey in the steps of Christ to experience authentic and transformative Christian living, which prepares students to follow the steps of Christ and serve the Church and society. Students will explore context, life examples, teachings, and theology inherent in the life of Christian order to develop a personal theology. The four Gospels serve as the knowledge base.

Business Ethics (BUS 4732)  3 credits
This course is a study of ethical theories and how they relate to contemporary issues in business. Special attention is given to the application of Judeo-Christian ethical principles, identifying basic beliefs, values, commitments, and ethical decision-making.

Business Portfolio (BUS 4795)  3 credits
This course introduces the student to strategic management and thus serves as a capstone to previous business courses. It details the processes of internal and external business analysis, and then focuses on the processes for developing strategies for growth, diversification, and globalization. Finally, it provides students with biblical and business guidelines for implementation of these strategies in terms of organizational design and behavior, corporate governance, leadership and ethics.

General Education

College Writing and Research (ENG 1000) 3 credits
This course is designed to give students the opportunity to expand writing and thinking skills through close reading of essay models, peer discussion and practical application. Students will produce original essays - expository, analytical, persuasive, reflective, and descriptive – and will utilize the writing process to improve skills at research, revision, and editing. The course will help students to develop the skills in analytical reading, critical thinking and writing that they will need to be successful in many college courses.

Introduction to Business (BUS 1002) 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the fundamental practices and issues involved in managing and operating a business in today’s marketplace. Areas of business explored in this course include various management theories, economic concepts, management and organization, human resources, sales and marketing, and operations. The course also examines the challenges of operating in both domestic and global markets, business ethics and business strategy.

Philosophy and Worldview (HUM 2799) 3 credits
This course addresses the fact that our culture is confronted with a vast assortment of differing philosophies and worldviews; each claiming to be true. Focus is provided to understand and evaluate these various belief systems in an increasingly pluralistic society. Main ideas of eight different worldviews will be explored while the student develops and expresses a personal worldview. Topics will center around the nature of God, reality, nature of man, death, truth, morality, and the meaning of life. The primary purpose of this course is to challenge students to examine the timeless truths of Christianity.

Personal Financial Management (BUS 1001) 3 credits
This course will provide a practical introduction to personal finance management and assist the student in being a good steward of God-given resources. It addresses realistic ways to manage personal assets effectively. Topics include the development of personal financial goals, planning and budgeting; avoiding fraud and swindles; buying, insuring and financing major assets; consumer credit; banking services; investments; insurance; retirement and estate planning; and income tax.

Communication for Leaders (LM 1703) 3 credits
This course provides a general overview of basic leadership communication skills and strategies. Attention is given to listening, audience evaluation, public speaking, small work groups and business writing. Opportunities to discuss and practice leadership communication are built into the course.

Introduction to Economics (BUS 2012) 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the study of economics and its impact upon society. Key historical economic theories are introduced along with fundamental economic concepts. Key microeconomic topics covered include the concept of scarcity, supply and demand function, production, monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition, and perfect competition market structures. Macroeconomic topics include classical macroeconomic theories, basic fiscal and monetary policy and the instruments used to implement them, the economic cycle, inflation, and unemployment.

World History (HI 2003) 3 credits
This course will provide students with skills in historical research and analysis, a chronological understanding and factual knowledge spanning from the dawn of civilization to 1700. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Africa, America, and Greco-Roman civilizations. In addition, Christian, Islamic and Byzantine cultures will be studied. The ultimate focus will be to provide students with a historical, factual, cultural, and geographical knowledge of ancient history and its relationship to the Bible. Upon completion, students should be able to analyze significant political, socioeconomic, and cultural developments up to the early modern world civilizations within the interrelations of societies and cultures.

Environmental Science (SCI 2703) 3 credits
This course is designed to provide a general overview of environmental science, with an emphasis on sound science, stewardship, and sustainability. Topics include basic concepts of environmental science, relationships between living and nonliving things, human impact upon the environment, and care of earth’s resources to support future generations of living things. Critical thinking skills will be utilized throughout this course, as these skills underlie one’s ability to carefully consider scientific concepts and their effects upon human interactions. The study of environmental science is approached with an understanding of the grave responsibilities of human beings to practice wise stewardship of God’s creation.

Organizational & Industrial Psychology (PS 2705) 3 credits
Course description TBD

Research Statistics (PS 2782) 3 credits
An introduction to research methodology and statistics as a liberal arts discipline, this course will not primarily be a “number crunching” course, though many statistical concepts will be presented in context. The emphasis of the course will be on developing an understanding of the principles and concepts underlying the use of statistics in social sciences research and applications. Topics to be explored include the formulation of questions and hypotheses, appropriate experimental design, sampling methodology, data analysis, and the presentation of results using graphical summaries and proper statistical notation.

Research & Concept Development Skills (ENG 3701) 3 credits
This course will help students develop the skills and strategies to be successful as an adult learner. Focus is on the topics of adult learning, effective team work, and discovering one’s personal calling. Team dynamics, the MLA formatting guidelines for academic writing, understanding personal learning styles and personality types, and personal goal setting is included in these broader topics.

General Education Elective 3 credits

Christian Ministry

Living the Christian Faith (CM 1001) 3 credits
This course is designed to provide an entrance into the lifestyle of biblical Christianity, and the role of spiritual disciplines. This course will also help one discover how God has gifted people for His service in the body of Christ and the world at large.

Working with Teams (LM 4734) 3 credits
This course emphasizes the importance of teamwork in organizational or professional settings. In addition to reviewing the components of effective teams, the dysfunctions of teams, accountability within teams, and values will also be discussed. Success in organizations is largely dependent on teamwork. Students will become more effective team members as well as equipping them to improve team relationships. Characteristics of dynamic and thriving teams will be explored, with a special emphasis on the common dysfunctions of teams and how to avoid them.

Marketplace Ministry (CM 3762) 3 credits
The purpose of this course is to learn and live the foundational tenets of biblical Christianity in the marketplace of life; at home, at work, and in the school; in short, in the public arena. Attention will be given to the lifestyle of the believer as a statement to the non-Christian, relationship building, lifestyle evangelism, spiritual conversation with the non-Christian, and the biblical elements of conversion.

International Issues in Business (BUS 4780) 3 credits
This course provides a context for understanding the global context for businesses seeking to grow internationally. Issues related to ethical and cultural differences among various countries are discussed, as well as strategies for entering the global market and competing successfully. Further, a biblical perspective on international business will be introduced.

Business Administration

Introduction to Computers (BUS 1715) 3 credits
This course will prepare the adult learner with foundational computer skills, enabling the student to achieve academic and professional success in this technical age. Topics include chronological advancements of the personal computer, common keyboard and mouse functions, internet innovation and usage, a definition of computer hardware and software, and effective usage of office software applications. This course will also focus on developing a working knowledge of three applications within the Microsoft Office software suite. Specific skills will include word processing with Microsoft Word; creating slide presentations with Microsoft PowerPoint; and developing spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel. The student will have the opportunity to engage in practical application of the concepts learned, whether for ministry, business, or any other profession.

Introduction to Leadership (BUS 1701) 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the basics of leadership with application in both a personal and organizational context. Creating and communicating the vision, empowering others and recognizing their contributions, challenging the status quo and leading change, and celebrating team and organizational success are all key ideas addressed in this course. Moreover, students will be asked to evaluate their own personal leadership practices according to these concepts.

Accounting Methods (BUS 2003) 3 credits
Accounting Methods will provide learners the opportunity to learn basic managerial accounting processes such as product and service costing, profit planning, capital investment analysis, flexible budgeting and financial statement analysis. Special attention will be given to the use of computer applications to perform analysis and make decisions.

Introduction to Finance (BUS 2701) 3 credits
This course will provide opportunity to learn basic finance principles linking financial markets, institutions and investors. An overview of the flow of capital will be explored from the corporate perspective, including topics such as interest rates, stocks, bonds, risk and return, the time value of money, and the cost of capital.

Fundamentals of Business Law (BUS 2010) 3 credits
This course provides an overview of the law as it pertains to business organizations. It will introduce the student to the legal system in its various forms and its impact on the legal environment of business. Topics include the Constitution and its historical foundation, ethics, business decision-making, alternative dispute resolution, torts, intellectual property, criminal law and cybercrimes, contracts, sales and lease, and employment law.

Finance and Budgeting for Managers (BUS 4725) 3 credits
This course will build upon basic finance concepts involving financial markets. An in depth review of the function and use of financial statements in capital markets will be surveyed. Managerial planning and decision making roles will be explored in topics such as capital budgeting, capital structure, leverage, and cash flow analysis.

Human Resource Development (BUS 4737) 3 credits
This course will prepare the student to integrate the various theories of learning, leadership, and motivation into a practical application of different methodologies, including needs assessment, development, and execution. Other important aspects covered include job design, coaching, mentoring, and performance management techniques.

Organizational Leadership (LM 3732) 3 credits
This course will provide an understanding of organizational leadership from a biblical, theoretical and practical point of view. The topic of leadership will be discussed in four contexts that include intrapersonal, interpersonal relationships, organizational structure and processes, and organizational culture. The biblical approach of the covenant will be used as a unifying theme for leadership best practices within each of these contexts.

Management of Information Systems (BUS 4730) 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the design and use of management information systems for the business student. It presents the significant components and technologies employed in information systems, their impact on business processes, and the contribution they make to competitive advantage. Special attention is paid to the role of information systems in global, multinational businesses. Important topics reviewed include the management of information systems infrastructure and services, enhancing organizational collaboration through the use of information technology, the use of information systems to improve and manage supply chains, the development, acquisition, and securing of information systems, and ethical questions related to the use of information systems.

Operations Management (BUS 4750) 3 credits
This course is designed to provide an understanding of the foundations of the operations function from both manufacturing and services perspectives. The course will analyze operations from both the strategic and operational perspectives and highlight the competitive advantages that operations can provide for the organization. We will cover topics in the areas of process analysis, materials management, production scheduling, quality improvement, and product design.

Strategic Management (BUS 4785) 3 credits
This course examines the art and science of formulating, implementing, and evaluating cross-functional decisions that enable an organization to achieve its objectives. The course focuses on integrating management, marketing, finance/accounting, production/operations, research and development, and information systems to accomplish organizational success in a rapidly changing global economy.

Free Electives

Free Electives 9 credits

Summary

Biblical Studies 30 credits

General Education 36 credits

Christian Ministry 12 credits

Business Administration 33 credits

Free Electives 9 credits

Total 120 credits

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