Business - Associate in Applied Science (AAS) (1516)
Do you want to play a key role in the success of an organization? Are you a natural leader who enjoys solving problems while keeping an eye on the future? If you’re interested in business, our Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in business can put you on the right path to a rewarding career.
Your associate degree will enable you to find an entry-level position in your specific area of study:
Accounting: employment opportunities can be found in accounting firms, banks, private industry and government service;
Management: employment positions such as assistant manager, general manager, office manager, purchasing agent, sales manager, operations manager or service manager are available;
Marketing: entry-level positions in sales, advertising, retailing, wholesaling, physical distribution, market research, marketing management, insurance, real estate and related fields are available;
General Business: entry-level positions in retailing, manufacturing, healthcare, hospitality management, real estate, agribusiness, and entrepreneurial opportunities are available.
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This program is designed to provide you with skills necessary to enter the workforce in entry-level positions within business as well as provide upward mobility in a variety of business settings. You will be able to choose from one of four concentrated areas of study: Accounting, Management, Marketing, or General Business.
No matter which direction you choose, you will:
- Prepare and deliver oral and written presentations on business concepts in various disciplines, consistent with professional standards
- Utilize quantitative and qualitative methods of collecting, processing, and analyzing information and data to make informed business and career decisions
- Identify legal and ethical forces that impact organizational decision making
- Make organizational decisions by applying and integrating knowledge or each functional area including: legal, economic, accounting, marketing and management
- Successfully interact in group-settings
- Identify cultural differences in business practices and describe how the differences affect business decisions
- Use appropriate business software and technologies
- Use various resources including library resources and databases, to access and extract information appropriate for business
- Employ basic business theories and practices
- Apply a basic knowledge of computer applications in business
- Discuss fundamental concepts of business decision-making
- Deliver oral and written presentations on basic business concepts
- Find, evaluate and use information from online and print sources
The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) accredits our AAS in business. Since 1992, ACBSP is the only nationally recognized organization that grants regional accreditation to two- and four-year schools. For more information about HACC’s accreditation, you may go to: https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=harrisburg&s=all&id=212878. Find graduate data information here (pdf).
- View summaries of every course at HACC by browsing our class schedules database.
- Review our program guide (pdf) to view a list of required courses, recommended course sequencing and program competencies.
- Browse our advising checksheet (pdf), which is also an excellent tool to help you personalize your course load each term and manage your overall advancement through our programs.
Yes! Although our program is designed to lead you directly into the workforce, there are opportunities available for you to transfer your credits to a four-year institution. Our program is designed so you may transfer to a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities with no loss of credit. However, each college has its own unique program. We encourage you to select a four-year school as soon as possible. This will allow you to learn the transfer college’s program requirements so you can take the proper classes at HACC.
The complete program is available through the Harrisburg and Lancaster campuses, as well as through Virtual Learning. You may also complete the full program at the Gettysburg Campus by taking some courses through Virtual Learning. The General Business, Accounting and Management concentrations may be completed at the Lebanon Campus by taking some courses through Virtual Learning. These same concentrations can also be completed at the York Campus.
Conveniently YOURS, you can apply anytime online. We offer classes in the spring, summer and fall terms.
When you submit your application, please include program code 1516 which is specific to this Business Studies Program. Using this code ensures you apply to the correct program.
Start YOUR Business Career at HACC
The business programs at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, allow you to enter the workforce immediately upon program completion or transfer your credits to a four-year institution.
Get to Know YOUR HACC Business Faculty
The Business Program faculty at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, bring real-world experiences to the classroom.