Online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Start the journey
A four-year degree is the pathway to higher compensation and more opportunities as you enter the business world today — and advancement to management down the road. The skills you acquire through the William Woods University online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration will help prepare you to take your place and begin the journey. This is one of the most popular online degrees at William Woods, designed to further the ideals and values of ethics, self-liberation, and lifelong education that will prepare you to participate in the business community. In this program, you will enjoy the convenience and flexibility of online learning.
You’ll take part in a rigorous and challenging business curriculum taught by experienced faculty committed to supporting you every step of the way. And you’ll have the opportunity to collaborate online with your peers, sharing what you have learned and honing techniques and skills that you will apply in the workplace after graduation.
Your business administration degree at work
In today’s business world, professionals with management backgrounds and skills are extremely valuable to companies looking to attract established and experienced leaders to bring them into the 21st century. Professionals who are management-savvy are sought after to help improve employee and workplace efficiency, promote positive culture and well-being in the workplace, and ultimately contribute to company growth. There is a multitude of careers for graduates with a management background.
Job opportunities include:
Human resources manager
The online Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree at William Woods consists of 124 credit hours, with 61 general education hours, 21 basic core hours, and 42 major core credit hours.
Courses you may take
This course is an advanced level study that challenges students to investigate and analyze the attributes of an effective leader. Out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged to bring theory into reality. Topics include but are not limited to motivating others, management communication, corporate training, team building and improving leadership qualities within each person.
This course will require students to apply concepts from a managerial communications focus. Various managerial communication topics will be investigated including critiquing, analyzing, creating, designing, and connecting managerial communications. The student will demonstrate abilities essential in effectively communicating in an open, honest, and clear communication both inside and outside the company.The knowledge acquired during this class will be used to combine concepts to create and design a communication plan for a fortune 500 company as a final project.
This is a course designed to provide students with the reasoning skills for ethical decision making in business. Students will study the framework for the concepts, processes, and best practices associated with successful business ethics. The emphasis is on critical, informed, and systematic thinking about situations where good arguments can be made on both sides of a question. Students will study two major Western codes of ethical conduct from the field of normative ethics (teleology and deontology) and analyze and apply these to business situations and case studies. This course addresses the complex environment of ethical decision-making in any type of organization where the burden of ethical behavior relates to the organization’s values and traditions, not just to the individuals who make the decisions and carry them out.
This course reinforces the students’ knowledge of accounting principles and provides an opportunity for students to analyze financial information and practice using that financial data to make sound business decisions. Because of the complexities of today’s business world, it is important that managers and users of financial data go beyond understanding of basic financial reporting principles and concepts and be able to analyze the impact certain decisions will have on the financial statements of their organizations and to assess what the results of those decisions will be.
This course investigates the various information and communications’ technologies. Students will research and practice using modern productivity applications. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to analyze how information systems are used to solve non-routine problems and make better business decisions by applying these concepts to business cases.
Managerial Risk Management
This course examines how to assess personal and business risk through various methods. This assessment process integrates an understanding of the fundamental concepts of social, private and public insurance programs. Upon completion of this course, the students will be better able to distinguish between the many options available to protect the business owner, employee, and commercial firms.
In this course, the most current financial terms, concepts, techniques and approaches in the principles and practice of financial management are developed in the context of management decision-making internal to the business organization. Students will investigate and analyze a self-selected publicly traded company, then during the course, determine the financial viability of this company based upon the weekly course content. The financial environment, financial analysis and planning, time value of money, cash flows and capital budgeting are integral concepts that shape the critical financial management decisions.
Marketing Analysis and Research
This course is the process of investigating, assessing and drawing conclusions to construct viable pricing, promotion, and distribution strategies for goods and services. Students will demonstrate their abilities to react to change and use concepts to solve non-routine problems. This process will integrate the fundamental concepts in creative managerial decision-making in order to create exchanges that satisfy perceived individual and organizational objectives.
This course is designed to equip students with the knowledge necessary to make sound decisions with statistical information. To prepare future decision makers to formulate solutions to challenging business issues, students will survey the nature of data, the techniques, and practices available for gathering and summarizing data, and explores the limitations of each of these data types and methods. In addition, students will compare the statistical inferences of correlation, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing while being exposed to the potential misuse of these inferences. While working with case studies, students will evaluate and critique the practices and results of completed studies emphasizing the problem areas. While working with assigned mini-projects and the final presentation, students will be asked to design artifacts applying these discussed concepts.
Human Resources Administration
This course focuses on Human Resource Management as it is used in the business environment. The covered subject areas include recruitment, selection, promotion, compensation, benefits, training, employee relations and performance appraisals. Various tools will be discussed that are available to the Human Resources professional such as job analysis, and job design. Students will analyze real-life, legal issues, that pertain to the functions of a Human Resources department, and demonstrate their comprehension by applying the principles they have learned to solve these non-routine issues.
Legal Environments of Business
The goal of this course is to familiarize students with the many ways that the law impacts business decisions. To that end, this course offers an interdisciplinary approach to legal issues in the business environment using elements of law, economics, ethics, social responsibility, and management. By the end of this course, students should understand and apply basic legal concepts and the fundamentals of legal reasoning to business situation. They will be able to analyze ethical issues and avoid legal conflicts in order to conduct themselves in a responsible manner.
This course will analyze current economic and political environment as a function of the interaction of business, governments, and peoples that is referred to by many as globalization. Because businesses are impacted by what is happening with other governments and peoples, students in this course will evaluate the impact globalization has on a firm’s strategic planning and marketing objectives. Students will critique managerial issues confronting executives and will critique specific operations (planning, organizing, staffing, leading, financing and controlling the worldwide operations of an international business).
Managerial Policies and Strategies
This course provides students with the opportunity to utilize the skills and information they have learned in the prerequisite courses to complete the final strategic business assessment. This course encompasses skills learned from marketing, business communication, ethics, statistics, accounting, management, leadership, systems management, legal and managerial risk, human resources, economics, and financial decisions. The student will create a professional assessment of a company by investigating several factors, drawing conclusions from that data and explaining their opinions in terms of concepts learned throughout the program.
This course is the application of microeconomic theory to management problems. In microeconomic theory, profit maximization is simply assumed as a condition of firm behavior. In managerial economics, profit maximization is studied as a management behavioral objective – and as a goal which may or may not be achieved, despite the attempts of managers. Students will be able to differentiate between a variety of factors that affect a business concern. They will develop informed solutions by analyzing all of the economic factors that affect the production environment.
Official transcripts from every high school or college attended (or GED) – unless you have an AA degree (not AAS)
25 hours of transferable credits required
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William Woods online undergraduate programs are available to students across the country. From our main campus in Fulton, Missouri and beyond, our online graduates hail from California, Illinois, Kansas, Washington, Arkansas and many more.
William Woods in the real world
Many, many of our graduates are working or earning an advanced degree. You’ll find them in some amazing positions.
One more thing
It’s not always about climbing the corporate ladder. You may have a unique plan to serve the nonprofit world. Or develop a social enterprise that does well by doing good. Bring it to us and see what happens. We’re not just committed to helping you move up the ladder; we are committed to creating pathways and possibilities for the most unique and exceptional career plans to flourish.
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