Small Business Management

Occupational Major

This associate degree program qualifies graduates to compete for entry-level management and/or marketing positions, depending upon which business electives are chosen. Students who are considering transferring to a baccalaureate institution should be aware that decisions on transferability of courses are made by the baccalaureate institutions and differ from school to school. Program requirements can be completed in a two-year period of full-time study.

Department of Business Studies
Penn 401 • Phone (215) 968-8227
Curriculum Code No. 2054

Graduates of this program are able to

  • write a business plan for starting oneÂ’s own business or purchasing an existing business;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the accounting functions necessary for operating a small business; and
  • apply the management, marketing, legal, and insurance knowledge to operating a small business.

This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
ACCT103
Introductory Accounting
3
OR
ACCT105
Financial Accounting F
4
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems F
3
COMM110
Effective Speaking F,2
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,1
3
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 3
3
MGMT110
Small Business Management
3
MGMT120
Business Mathematics A,F,4
3
OR
MATH117
Finite Mathematics for Business A,F,4
3
MGMT130
Business Law
3
OR
MGMT180
Legal Environment of Business
3
MGMT280
Cooperative Education-Management F
3
OR
MKTG280
Cooperative Education-Marketing F
3
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing F
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
MKTG200
Advertising
3
OADM110
Business Communication A,F,1
3
PSYC125
Stress Management 5
3
Accounting Electives B 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Business Electives D 9
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,F,6
3
Total Credit Hours 60/61/62

Recommended Semester Sequence

The recommended course sequence is designed for full-time students who average 15 credit hours per semester. Students may need more time to complete program requirements based on placement testing. This additional time will entail some adjustments to the sequence recommended.

First Semester

Course Credits
ACCT103
Introductory Accounting
3
OR
ACCT105
Financial Accounting F
4
OADM110
Business Communication A,F,1
3
MGMT110
Small Business Management
3
CISC110
Introduction to Information Systems F
3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Total Credit Hours 15/16

Second Semester

Course Credits
Accounting Elective B 3/4
MGMT100
Introduction to Business 3
3
PSYC125
Stress Management 5
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,F,1
3
MGMT120
Business Mathematics A,F,4
3
OR
MATH117
Finite Mathematics for Business A,F,4
3
Total Credit Hours 15/16

Third Semester

Course Credits
MGMT130
Business Law
3
OR
MGMT180
Legal Environment of Business
3
MKTG200
Advertising
3
Business Electives D 6
MKTG100
Principles of Marketing F
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
COMM110
Effective Speaking F,2
3
MGMT280
Cooperative Education-Management F
3
OR
MKTG280
Cooperative Education-Marketing F
3
MKTG110
Selling
3
Business Elective D 3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge E,F,6
3
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: ACCT105, ACCT106, ACCT110, ACCT120, ACCT130.
C Any of the following may be chosen: HIST111, HIST112, HIST151, HIST152, HUMN111, HUMN112, HUMN113, HUMN114.
D Any course with a prefix of ACCT, HRIM, LAWS, MEDA MGMT, MKTG, OADM, or REAL may be chosen.
E Any INTG course may be chosen.
F Course requires prerequisite

1 Satisfies College Writing requirement.
2 Satisfies Creative Expression.
3 Satisfies Social Perspectives
4 Satisfies College level Mathematics or Science.
5 Satisfies Personal Health.
6 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.

** Spring Semester only. Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend “Major Requirements Satisfied” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the courses listed in the major except three credits of Cultural Perspectives, three credits of College level Mathematics, Integration of Knowledge and Personal Health. Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in the other course requirements.