Small Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts
This major will provide you with knowledge, skills, and resources to start, manage, and grow a small business. Specifically, this program will help turn an initial business idea into a reality through a series of 'must-do' actions and learning activities. This program includes placement in an internship, where you will gain real-world experience in small business management. As a capstone project, you will synthesize all of the program's learning experiences by completing a thorough and well-written business plan for a business idea.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Arts in Small Business Administration?
To help launch a new business, you will learn how to assess market opportunities, conduct a risk assessment, and distinguish the options for doing business, such as freelancing, working from home, franchising, or running a business online or in a brick-and-mortar. You will also explore financial options and strategies to navigate the legal environment, as these steps are key to initiating a successful new business. Once your enterprise is off the ground and running, this program will show you how to successfully manage and grow a business by exploring proven operational, marketing, financial, and human resource strategies for the small business.
Career opportunities that might be pursued:
- Small Business Entrepreneurship/Self-employment
- Research & Development
- Supply Chain Management
- New Product Development
- Business Operations Management
With further education, one of these paths is possible:
- Human Resources Manager
- Master in Business Administration-Specialization Areas in Business
- Bookkeeping/Accounting & Auditor
- Certified Management Accountant
- Business Analyst
- Market Research Analyst
To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.
The full policy can be viewed here.
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your faculty mentor for details.
- 34 competencies of liberal studies equaling 35 units of coursework. These competencies can also be satisfied with the transfer of a AGEC.
- 15 competencies equaling 54 units of NAU major courses
- 6 competencies of a minor in Computer Information Technology equaling 18 units, or, 7 competencies of a minor in Liberal Arts equaling 18 units. A student transferring in a completed associate's degree is not required to do a minor.
- 16 competencies in modern language courses equaling 16 units of NAU language courses. SPAN 102, SPAN 103, SPAN 202, SPAN 203, are available through Personalized Learning; other modern languages may be accepted through test or transfer credit.
- Electives as needed to reach 120 units
|Minimum Units for Completion||120|
|Highest Mathematics Required||MATH 115|
|Additional Admission Requirements||Required|
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate||Required|
|Progression Plan Link||Not Available|
Additional Admission Requirements
- Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Admission requirements to Personalized Learning include NAU's undergraduate admission standards as well as the completion of a Readiness Assessment. Prior to admission to the University, a Personalized Learning admission specialist guides prospective students through a series of steps to determine admissibility, applicable prior credit, preparedness via the Readiness Assessment, and degree selection. After these steps are complete, admissible students are directed to complete an account information form. This form replaces the traditional NAU application.
Students may demonstrate competency through performance on pre-tests. Some courses may have departmental prerequisites required by students in other majors. Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for the completion.
This degree is offered only through the Personalized Learning program. Work with a faculty mentor for any questions regarding the applicability of coursework completed through Personalized Learning to any other plan of study at NAU.
See the following sites for additional information.
Grading and Transcripts
Personalized Learning Competencies for the Bachelor of Arts in Small Business Administration
Completion of the competencies will result in the awarding of credit for NAU classes.
C.1 Demonstrate concepts and processes associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
C.2 Examine the personal traits/behaviors associated with successful entrepreneurial performance
C.3 Examine fundamental business concepts that affect business decision making
C.4 Employ concepts, strategies, and systems needed to interact effectively with others to ensure high performance in the workplace
C.5 Acquire concepts and procedures needed for basic computer operations in a small business setting
C.6 Evaluate the economic principles and concepts fundamental to entrepreneurship/small business ownership
C.7 Analyze personal money management concepts, procedures, and strategies
C.8 Explore concepts and strategies needed for career exploration, development for corequisites for becoming a successful entrepreneur
C.9 Examine the financial concepts and tools used in making business decisions
C.10 Investigate the concepts, systems and strategies needed to acquire, motivate, develop and terminate staff
C.11 Break down the concepts, systems and tools needed to access, process, maintain, evaluate, and disseminate information for business decision making
C.12 Explore the concepts, processes, and systems needed to determine and satisfy customer needs/wants/expectations, meet business goals/objectives, and create new product/service ideas
C.13 Employ and audit the processes and systems implemented to facilitate daily business operations
C.14 Examine and integrate the concepts, strategies, and systems that businesses implement and enforce to minimize loss
C.15 Understands the processes, strategies, and systems needed to guide the overall business organization
Course Credit Earned (57 units)
- BBA 290 Managerial Accounting and Financial Analysis (3 units)
- BBA 291 Economic Analysis and Business Law (3 units)
- BBA 300 Principles of Management in a Global Economy (3 units)
- BBA 320 Managerial Finance (3 units)
- BBA 330 Supply Chain Management (3 units)
- BBA 405 Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (3 units)
- BBA 408 Internship (6 units)
- BBA 440 Human Resource Management (3 units)
- ENTY 240 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3 units)
- ENTY 320 Innovation and Creativity (3 units)
- ENTY 360 New Venture Creation, Growth and Strategy (3 units)
- ENTY 380 Entrepreneurial Funding and Plan Development (3 units)
- ENTY 430 Entrepreneurship and New Media Marketing (3 units)
- ENTY 440 Project Management (3 units)
- NAUY 300W Dynamic Organizations (3 units)
- NAUY 310 Leadership in the 21st Century (3 units)
- NAUY 470C Capstone (3 units)
- STAT 272 Applied Business Statistics (3 units)
Select one from (18 units):
- 6 competencies in Computer Information Technology minor
- 7 competencies in Liberal Arts minor
For more information see Computer Information Technology or Liberal Arts
- If you have completed an Associate of Arts (AA) degree or an Associate of Science (AS) degree you will have fulfilled all minor requirements for a Personalized Learning degree. An Associate of Applied Science (AAS) will fulfill minor requirements for your degree except where precluded by degree program policy. The requirement is waived for students who transfer in 64 units from a regionally accredited institution.
Foreign Language Requirement
Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.
We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)
- Any prerequisites not fulfilled with transfer credit may be met by successfully completing a pretest; however, credit will not be granted for that completion.
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