Business Management

AA - Program Requirements

Richard P. Hagan, M.S., Chair, School of Business

Center for Entrepreneurship

(270) 384-8128


Al R. Eferstein, M.P.A., Program Coordinator

J.L. Turner Leadership Center, Room 111

(270) 384-8093


Full-time program faculty: Katie M. Curry, M.Acc.; Tim Curry, M.S.; Al Eferstein, M.P.A.; Richard P. Hagan, M.S.; John Howery, M.B.A.; Linda McKinley-Grider, M.P.S.; Trudy Morlino, Ph.D.; Mohammad Pourheydarian, Ph.D.; Michael Starr, M.B.A.; Thomas Taylor, Ph.D.; William Ward, D.B.A.


Mission Statement

The mission of the School of Business is to prepare students for employment in business, accounting, and computer information systems; to pursue career paths of increasing professional and managerial responsibility; to apply to graduate programs in business, accounting or other professional schools; and to sit for various professional certifications. Consistent with the historical mission of Lindsey Wilson College as a teaching institution, the School of Business is committed to the growth and development of students through classroom instruction and through the fostering of an appreciation for lifelong learning.


The Associate of Arts degree in business management offers students the opportunity to gain a basic set of knowledge and skills in business management, with an emphasis on those needed in lean systems management and entrepreneurial management. In addition to the college’s accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, our balanced and academically sound B.A. degree program in business administration is accredited by the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).  


Our business programs are designed to foster critical thinking skills, to prepare students to become lifelong learners in rapidly changing business environments, and to instill a global vision to manage and lead organizations and businesses in an ever-changing, challenging, and complex world.


Graduation Requirements

Some courses taken for the major will simultaneously fulfill general education requirements. Please see the Graduation Requirements (associate degrees) section of this catalog for information on the general education program.

Program Requirements:  33-42 hours

Along with the general education program, students must complete the major’s prerequisite and core requirements, must select an emphasis area (lean systems or entrepreneurship), and must complete the requirements for that area.

A.         Prerequisites:  3 hours

  • Writing Studies II (ENGL 1023) is a prerequisite for BUSI 2303 – 3 hours

B.        Core Requirements:  21-27 hours

  • College Algebra (MATH 1013) is a prerequisite for ACCT 2113 and ECON 2033 unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours
  • Financial Accounting (ACCT 2113) – 3 hours
  • Managerial Accounting (ACCT 2123) – 3 hours
  • Business Communication (BUSI 2303) – 3 hours
  • Business Law (BUSI 2713) – 3 hours
  • Introduction to Management (BUSI 2903) – 3 hours
  • Principles of Marketing (BUSI 3933) – 3 hours
  • Computer Concepts & Applications (CIS 1003) unless waiver requirements are met – 3 hours  
  • Microeconomics (ECON 2033) – 3 hours

C.        Emphasis Area (select one of the following areas):  12 hours

1 – Lean Systems

  • Lean Systems (BUSI 2106) – 6 hours
  • Lean Leadership (BUSI 2206) – 6 hours

2 – Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurship (BUSI 2203)  – 3 hours
  • Entrepreneurship Project (BUSI 2216) or Entrepreneurship Internship (BUSI PN06) – 6 hours  
  • Small Business Management (BUSI 2933) – 3 hours

Exit Assessment

Students who earn the Associate of Arts degree in business management will:

  • Be required to complete case studies in BUSI 2903 to assess their ability to identify, formulate, and solve business problems;
  • Demonstrate their ability to analyze the impact of business solutions in a global, economic, environmental, ethical, and societal context in BUSI 2713 and BUSI 3933; and
  • Be required to complete a portfolio that includes:
  • A set of formal financial statements in ACCT 2113,
  • A case study in BUSI 2903,
  • Samples of analysis of various economic data in ECON 2033 to demonstrate knowledge of the fundamental areas of mathematics, economics, and business, and
  • Documentation of their lean operations or entrepreneurial project/internship.

Recommended General Electives

Business courses are recommended.