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Business administration

Studies in business may lead to opportunities in an endless array of industries, government agencies, non-profit and for-profit corporations. A sampling of career options includes sales and customer service, office administration, bookkeeping and general office technology support, and may lead to related roles in supervisory and management positions. Students can also acquire leadership and entrepreneurial skills required to start, manage and lead their own business.

Especially in the world of small businesses, employees and business owners often wear many hats. This is where a general education in business principles and skills can be particularly beneficial. Working from a strong core of foundational business curriculum, students can build their own program or explore recommended pathways that have been identified to help them focus their studies toward a specific area of interest.

With so many career paths to choose from, the employment opportunities for graduates with a business degree are extensive.

Retail management

Whatcom's 46-credit retail management certificate gives students a well-rounded management foundation, and is broadly applicable to all retail situations. The certificate prepares students to communicate effectively, handle human resource issues, develop a management style, and understand marketing and promotion.

Program outcomes

As a result of completing the business administration degree or retail management certificate, graduates should be able to...

  1. Apply fundamental accounting and finance principles.
  2. Examine the legal ramifications affecting the business world.
  3. Apply human resource consideration to business strategies.
  4. Examine ethical ramifications affecting the business world.
  5. Apply technology commonly used in the workplace.
  6. Apply business structures.

As a result of completing the business management degree, graduates should also be able to...

  1. Describe economic forces affecting the business environment.