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Business Administration (AA)

Business Administration (AA)

Studying business prepares you to work in a broad range of sectors.

Program Highlights

In the business administration concentration, you will:

  • Develop competency and depth in understanding and interpreting the subject matter presented in economics and accounting courses. 
  • Communicate effectively, using written, oral, and visual modes appropriate to your audience and purpose.
  • Understand, analyze, and evaluate numerical data and use it to draw or evaluate conclusions.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and evaluate diverse information, ideas, and perspectives in a contextually appropriate manner.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of your own thinking and decision-making processes, and their importance in academic and non-academic settings.

Overall Requirements

To earn an Associate of Arts in Business Administration, you will need to:

  • Earn at least 62 credit hours
  • Complete the Arrupe Mission Core
  • Complete the Gen Ed Core
    • Three of your 10 Gen Ed classes are tailored specifically to you as a Business student:
      • ACCOM 103 Business & Professional Speaking
      • ACECO 201 Microeconomics
      • ACECO 202 Macroeconomics
  • Complete or test out of these math courses:
    • ACMAT 117 Pre-Calculus I
    • ACMAT 118 Pre-Calculus II
    • ACMAT 161 Calculus I
  • Complete these Business courses:
    • ACACT 201 Introductory Accounting I
    • ACACT 202 Introductory Accounting II

What Can I Do With an Associate's Degree in Business Administration?

Studying business prepares you to work in a broad range of sectors. Additionally, earning an associate's degree in business administration prepares you to pursue a bachelor’s degree in a variety of business majors, such as accounting, economics, entrepreneurship, finance, human resource management, information systems, international business, management, marketing, supply chain management, and sport management.

Learn More

Is business administration the right fit for you? Here are some helpful tips:

  • Browse information about the range of business majors. Most universities that have a business school will provide information about their majors. 
  • Check out information from the Quinlan School of Business here at Loyola and look for events sponsored by the Quinlan School of Business.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Explore the required curriculum and what learning outcomes you can expect with an Associate of Arts in Business Administration (AA).

Meet the Faculty

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Susan McCarthy

Clinical Associate Professor, Business

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While enrolled at Arrupe, you are encouraged to start connecting your interests and skills to different major and career options. Arrupe Career Services is dedicated to supporting students as they prepare for their career pursuits. There are many resources available to assist you:

  • Explore information about careers: The "What Can I Do With This Major?" tool helps you connect majors to a variety of career options and shares strategies to make you a more marketable candidate for the types of careers you want to pursue. You can access this resource within the “Career Tools” box on the Loyola Career Services website. CareerOneStop lets you explore careers and see detailed information about different occupations, including job descriptions, employment outlooks, typical salaries, education required, relevant skills, and more.
  • Browse information about college majors: Every college department has a website. Pick some majors that sound interesting, then visit their department websites. You can look at Loyola departments, or departments at other colleges and universities.
  • Explore your interests: Look for events sponsored by colleges or departments that interest you. You can also look for student organizations focused on your academic interests through LUCommunity.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Because Arrupe College is designed for students with limited financial resources, graduates leave with a high-quality Jesuit education and little to no debt. 

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