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.

Degree Course Requirements

ACCT103 Introductory Accounting
or
ACCT105 Financial Accounting F 3/4
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
or
MATH117 Finite Mathematics for Business A,F,4 3
MGMT130 Business Law
or
MGMT180 Legal Environment of Business3
MGMT280 Cooperative Education-Management F
or
MKTG280 Cooperative Education-Marketing F3
MKTG100 Principles of Marketing F 3
MKTG110 Selling 3
MKTG200 Advertising 3
OADM110 Business Communication A,F,1 3
PSYC125 Stress Management 5 3/4
Accounting Electives B 3
Cultural Perspectives C 3
Business Electives D 9
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge E,F,6 3
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

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

Second Semester

 
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
or
MATH117 Finite Mathematics for Business A,F,4 3
15/16

Third Semester

MGMT130 Business Law
or
MGMT180 Legal Environment of Business3
MKTG200 Advertising 3
Business Electives D 6
MKTG100 Principles of Marketing F 3
15

Fourth Semester

 
COMM110 Effective Speaking F,2 3
MGMT280 Cooperative Education-Management F
or
MKTG280 Cooperative Education-Marketing F3
MKTG110 Selling 3
Business Elective D 3
INTG285 Integration of Knowledge E,F,6 3
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.