The AAS Degree Program in Business Administration is designed to enable students to acquire the knowledge and necessary skills for business careers. To accomplish this mission the program offers numerous core courses that teache and train students the business-related disciplines and necessary skills for success in the global work forces.


Business Administration is the management of a business, and the program is designed to prepare students for managerial roles in companies or organizations. Core courses include theories of Business Management and Accounting, along with fundamental computer skills. Upon completion of this program, students can find employment in business career fields that incorporate their knowledge and skills acquired from the program.


  • Employment of administrative service managers is estimated to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. Administrative tasks, such as facility management and records and information management, will remain essential in a wide range of industries. This occupation belongs to industries with the highest published employment and wages.
  • Employment of financial clerks is estimated to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The employment of billing and posting clerks, loan interviewers and clerks, and insurance claims and policy processing clerks is expected to grow, as they perform tasks that are less susceptible to automation by technology.


Program Length: 70 weeks (Maximum Time Frame: 105 weeks)
Total Credits: 92 credits (Major – 64 credits & General Education – 28 credits)


Number Course Credits
Core Requirements
BUA101 Introduction to Business 4
BUA103 Business Mathematics 4
BUA104 Principles of Marketing 4
BUA107 Computer Application 4
BUA121 Office Administration and Procedures 4
BUA124 Creative Problem Solving 4
BUA131 Principles of Economics 4
BUA151 Principles of Accounting 4
BUA152 Organization Behavior 4
BUA154 Business and Commercial Writing 4
Electives (Choose 7)
BUA103 Business Mathematics 4
BUA161 Business Statistics 4
BUA201 Managerial Financial Accounting 4
BUA203 Business Strategy and Planning 4
BUA207 Business Finance 4
BUA220 Tourism Management 4
BUA222 Hospitality and Tourism Marketing 4
BUA225 Tourism Development 4
BUA227 Tourism Geography 4
BUA231 Introduction to Hospitality Management 4
BUA232 Managing Hotel Operations 4
BUA235 Quality Service Management in the Hospitality 4
BUA238 Organization Behavior for the Hospitality Industry 4
BUA253 Management Theory and Practice 4
BUA254 Business Communication 4
BUA259 Business Law 4
BUA263 International Economics 4
BUA270 Career Development I 4
BUA271 Career Development II 4
Total Required Core credits→ 64


Number Course Credits
BPS102 Business and Professional Speech 4
ENG101 English Composition 4
HIST203 U.S. History 4
SPN101 Introduction to Spanish I 4
SPN101 Introduction to Spanish II 4
BIO102 Introduction to Biology 4
CPS101 Introduction to Computer Science 4
MAT101 Algebra 4
MAT201 Pre-Calculus 4
CRT101 Critical Thinking 4
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 4
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 4
SOC201 Society and Human Behavior 4
(Select from at least one of each section) Required 7 courses

Natasha Thomas

Instructor, Technical Business English

•  M.A. Business-Strayer University

•  B.A. Business-Strayer University

 Instructor Natasha Thomas joins Columbia College as a Business Instructor in the Business management administration program. Prior to coming to Columbia College, she was a Business Instructor at Career Technical Institute in the medical office professional program. Natasha received her B.A. in Business Administration and MBA from Strayer University. Natasha is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Science of business technology at Capella University. Natasha’s teaching interests include operations management, marketing management, leadership and organizational behavior and business management theories. She has assisted with redesigning and redeveloping courses as a Business instructor at Columbia College and Career Technical Institute. Her primary research interest is to explore the role of digital communication channels in daily work practices that affect manager to employee relationship development in the workplace informed by social exchange theory.

Dr. Shawn R. Ratliff

Instructor, Teaching English for Early Childhood

•  Ed.D. Organizational Lead, Argosy University

•  M.A. Economic Development-North Park University

•  B.A. Business Management-Ferris State University

Dr. Ratliff has had extensive experience in the education field, with over several years of experience in teaching students. He started his career at Oakton Community College with a concentration in teaching education program, ESL and GED. Currently, Dr. Ratliff works at Prince William County School, providing reading, math and history lessons to students.