Business/Economics, Associate in Arts

Program Code: 0210


This area of study combines business classes with courses in economics. An Associate in Arts with a business emphasis prepares you to transfer to a four-year university to earn a Bachelor’s degree that opens the door to a career in business, management, marketing, accounting, investment banking, stock market trading and lots more. This pathway will supply you with basic tools you need to meet the demands of the workforce economy.

This is an example course sequence for students interested in pursuing Business. It does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If this pathway is followed as outlined, you will earn an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. One course will satisfy the Human Diversity (HD) requirement, and is labeled with an (HD) in the sequence below. Following this pathway will help you earn your associate degree, which will increase your chances of transfer to bachelor’s-level programs. Choose Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) courses to fulfill general education requirements whenever possible. Visit and speak with your college advisor to learn more about IAI.

Semester-by-Semester Program Plan for Full-Time Students

All plans can be modified to fit the needs of part-time students by adding more semesters.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
ENGLISH 101 Composition 1 3
MATH 140 College Algebra 1 4
Fine Arts course 1 3
ECON 201 Principles Of Economics I 1 3
BUSINES 181 Financial Accounting 2 4
Semester 2
ENGLISH 102 Composition 1 3
BUSINES 182 Managerial Accounting 2 4
SPEECH 101 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 1 3
Mathematics Elective 2 4
ECON 202 Principles Of Economics II 1 3
Semester 3
PHIL 105 Logic 1 3
Physical Sciences course with lab 1 4
Mathematics Elective 2 4
Select one of the following: 3
Business Writing 2  
Marketing 2  
Principles Of Management 2  
Semester 4
History course 1 3
Fine Arts & Humanities course (HD) 1 3
Life Sciences course 1 4
Mathematics Elective 2 4
 Total Hours62

General Education Requirement


Pathway Elective

Pathway ElectiveS

MATH 125Introductory Statistics4
MATH 141Plane Trigonometry3
MATH 143Pre Calculus6
MATH 144Finite Mathematics4
MATH 204Calculus For Business & Social Sciences4-5
MATH 207Calculus & Analytic Geometry I5

Choose your courses with your College Advisor.