Associate of Arts - Business Concentration

About this Degree

The Associate of Arts with a concentration in business is an undergraduate academic degree earned by students who complete the General Education block requirement (37 credits) and selected courses in business (24 credits). The program of study is designed to be completed in two years. It aims to give students the basic technical and academic knowledge and transferable skills they need to pursue employment or further their studies in business.

Completion of this degree is beneficial to students who are pursuing a career field requiring an AA degree or desiring to work toward a four-year bachelor's degree later.

Contact Information

Department Chair and Faculty Contact

Brenda Tyre,, (701) 845-7515

Department Location

Vangstad 125, (701) 845-7515

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(701) 845-7101 or (800) 532-8641, ext. 7101

About VCSU

Our Foundation

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Our Students

Here, students can be individuals and embrace their genuine selves while taking advantage of opportunities only VCSU can provide. Take a look at our unique make-up of individuals from all over the globe and different backgrounds, and see what makes us a favored landing place for talented students. VCSU is a launchpad that will help students leap into their careers or prepare them for graduate-level education.

Business Department Mission

The Department of Business will offer learner-centered business programs that prepare students for careers in a diverse and ever-changing global economy by developing the skills employers identify as vital.


English Composition
Select one of the following:6
College Composition I
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition II
Introduction to Professional Writing
College Composition III: Persuasive Writing
Speech Communication
Select one of the following:3
Fundamentals of Public Speaking
Interpersonal Communication
Intercultural Communication
Select one of the following:3
College Algebra
Finite Mathematics
Mathematics in Society
Calculus I
Elementary Statistics
Lab Science
Select one of the following:4
Natural and Physical Sciences (ND:LABSC)
Concepts of Biology
General Biology I
General Biology II
General Zoology
Introductory Chemistry
Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry
General Chemistry I
General Chemistry II
Introduction to Earth Science
The Earth Through Time
Concepts of Physics
Introductory Astronomy
College Physics I
College Physics II
University Physics I
University Physics II
Additional Sciences (ND:SCI)
Cognition and Brain Science
Technology, Engineering, and Design
Technology Solutions for Society
Computer Science and Literacy
Select one of the following:3
Principles of Information Security
Introduction to Computer Information Systems 1,2
Introduction to Programming
Introduction to Programming in Java
Introduction to Structured Programming I
Social Implications of Computer Technology 2
Discovering Computing
Humanities & Fine Arts
Select a total of 6 credits from two different prefixes:6
Introduction to the Visual Arts
Introduction to Digital Media
Art History I
Art History II
History of Craft
American Sign Language I
American Sign Language II
Oral Interpretation
Introduction to Literature
Introduction to Film
Bible as Literature
Women and Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
Civilization, Thought, and Literary Heritage
Fine Arts and Aesthetics
Music Appreciation
Music Fundamentals
Concert Choir
Athletic Band
Concert Band
World Music
History of Popular/Rock Music
Ethics and Philosophy of Science
1st Year Spanish I
1st Year Spanish II
2nd Year Spanish I
2nd Year Spanish II
Introduction to Theatre Arts
Social Science
Select two of the following:6
Understanding Media and Social Change
Human Communication
Principles of Microeconomics 1
Principles of Macroeconomics 1
Human Geography
United States to 1877
United States to Present
World Civilizations to 1500
World Civilizations since 1500
Environmental History
Native American Studies
American National Government
State and Local Government
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to Anthropology
Additional Requirements
Select any additional course from Mathematics, Lab Science, or Technology:3
Select any additional course from the Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Science categories:3
Required Courses
ACCT 200Elements of Accounting I3
ACCT 201Elements of Accounting II3
ACCT 315Business in the Legal Environment3
BUSI 347Business Spreadsheet Applications3
FIN 375Managerial Finance3
MGMT 269Business Ethics3
MGMT 302Principles of Management3
MRKT 301Principles of Marketing3
Total Credits61



Course satisfies the Digital Literacy graduation requirement.

Total General Education 37 Hrs
Total Concentration Requirement 24 Hrs
Total Credits Needed to Graduate 61 Hrs

For degree and graduation requirements, visit degree requirements and graduation requirements.

First Year
ACCT 2003ACCT 2013
CIS 170 (Gen Ed)3ENGL 125 or 120 (Gen Ed)3
ENGL 110 (Gen Ed)3Lab Science (Gen Ed)4
Mathematics (Gen Ed)3MRKT 3013
MGMT 2693Speech Communication (Gen Ed)3
 15 16
Second Year
BUSI 3473ACCT 3153
ECON 201 (Gen Ed)3Additional Humanities & Fine Arts or Social Science (Gen Ed)3
FIN 3753Additional Math, Lab Science, or Computer Science and Literacy (Gen Ed)3
Humanities & Fine Arts (Gen Ed)3ECON 202 (Gen Ed)3
MGMT 3023Humanities & Fine Arts (Gen Ed)3
 15 15
Total Credits 61