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Applied Business Example

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with an Individualized Focus Area can use the applied business example concentration as a template for designing their focus area.

Students well-suited to the applied business example concentration aspire to managerial-level and business-system supervisory roles in small to medium organizations. Relevant skills and acquired learning include process and change management, project development and assessment, leadership development and corporate training.

Applied Business Sample Schedule*

As a student using the template for the applied business example concentration, you'll work with an academic advisor and a faculty mentor to review your transfer course work and select specific courses that meet your interests and degree requirements.

This 108-credit-hour program can be started in any term—fall, winter, spring or summerand is typically composed of 10 core courses, a minimum of nine applied business courses and about 13 elective courses in liberal arts.

 Courses* Credit Hours
 Quarter 1
 LL 103 Independent Learning Seminar (L1) 2
 LL 250 Foundations of Adult Learning (L2, F1) 4
 LL 260 Writing to Competence (L4) 4
 Arts Elective (​A5) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

Quarter 2
 Civic Engagement (L3) with Science Elective (S) 4
 LL 270 Critical Thinking (L5) 4
 HC 299 Assessing and Managing Conflict (FX, H) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 3
 LL 300 Research Seminar (L8, L9) 6
 FA 368 Compassionate Business (FX, A3)  4
 Science Elective (S5) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 4
 LL 302 Externship (L10, L11)  4
 IN 307 Advanced Elective (E1, E2)   4
 HC 152 Project Management Tools & Techniques (FX, H3) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 5
 LL 205 Quantitative Reasoning (L6)  4
 HC 148 Collaborative Learning (L7) and Science Elective  (S) 4
 FA 359 Ethical Business Behavior (FX, A4) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 6
 HC 212 Global Leadership (FX, H5)  4
 FA 244 Strategic Management (FX, H1) 4
 FA 339 Professional Business Writing (H2, H)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 7
 SW 244 Statistical Reasoning (S2, S3) 4
 HC 267 Workplace Law (FX, H4) 4
 Arts Elective (A, A) 4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 8
 Science Elective (S, S) 4
 Science Elective (S, S4) 4
 Humanities Elective (H) & Arts Elective (A)  4
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Quarter 9
 FA 303 Advanced Project (F11, F12) 4
 FA 359 Essentials of Training (FX) 2
 Arts Elective (A, A) 4
 LL 390 Summit Seminar (L12) 2
 Total Credit Hours 12

 Total Credit Hours 108

*Course substitutions may be necessary, as not all courses listed are offered every quarter or at all campuses. Examples include:  

- FA 236 Marketing You: Communicating Your Professional Identity On and Offline
- FA 204 Who Owns Your Ideas? Leveraging Creativity in Business and Culture
- FA 340 Implementing Corporate Training Programs
- HC 279 International Project Management Best Practices
- HC 101 The Art of Negotiation: Realizing Opportunity
- FA 196 Managing a Successful Business
- SW 356 Database Design and Implementation
- FA 248 History of American Business
- FA 208 Successful Sales and Marketing Management for Business Today
- FA 318 Understanding Financial Statements
- FA 223 Evaluating Accounting and Finance Principles: A Global Perspective
- AI 284 The Brave New World of Marketing Communications
- SW 336 Contemporary Computing 
- FA 231 Personal Financial Planning
- FA 269 Entrepreneurship: How to Find and Fund Your Dream
- FA 312 Financial Literacy
- FA 270 Starting Up and Running Your Own Business
- FA 300 Project Management
- FA 112 Exploring Success Techniques for Enhancing Career Skills
- SW 361 Introduction to Computer Productivity
- AI 238 The Right to Speak: Effective Interaction in the workplace and the world
- FA 221 Entrepreneurship: From Start-Up to Success
- HC 141 Coaching for Personal Development and Professional Effectiveness
- SW 298 Exploring the Internet
- SW 352 Technology, Training and Human Performance


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  • Accelerate the completion of your degree with transfer course work, course credit for life experience and proficiency exams.
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Career Outlook

A business degree opens the door to employment. In Illinois, many of the fastest-growing occupations are in business, and they require a bachelor's degree.   

Students pursuing the oncentration may advance their careers in positions such as:

  • Human Resource Manager
  • Business Development Consultant
  • Product Developer
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Leadership Supervisor
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Database Manager
  • Entrepreneur

Some of the occupations listed above may require additional schooling or work experience.