General Studies/Business and Entrepreneurial Studies

Degree offered

Associate in Science in General Studies (Business & Entrepreneurial Studies)

Credits required 60

Dean

William Berardi, william.berardi@bristolcc.edu

Program contact

Carol Martin, Coordinator of General Studies and Professor of Office Administration, carol.martin@bristolcc.edu

Program Code: GS

Concentration Code: B

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students an opportunity to explore the Business, Hospitality Management and Office Administration Programs.  These programs provide training in the various organizational functions, critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills students need to compete in today's global business environment.  Many of these programs share common courses so students can switch easily between concentrations.

Program Information

  • Students should take any required developmental courses in their first semester.
  • This program is designed for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately after graduation.
  • This program offers students the opportunity to develop strong communications, organizational, and critical thinking skills, as well as practical preparation for entry into a variety of business-related career fields.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credit is available to students for some program and general education courses with approval by the appropriate Department Chairperson.
  • Students should consider completing certificates that contain required program courses that will complement their degree.

  After BCC

  • Students are encouraged to select a specific business studies program, including Business Administration, Hospitality Management, Executive Office Administration or a Certificate(s) in these disciplines.
  • Graduates from these programs can:
  1. Seek employment as accountants, tellers, broker assistants, loan service representatives, customer service and insurance representatives, junior financial analysts, shift supervisors, or start their own businesses.
  2. Work in tourism, casino, hotel, and food service management positions.
  3. Become administrative assistants and office managers in all types of offices and corporations.
  • If you plan to transfer to a four-year institution, visit the Transfer Affairs website at www.BristolCC.edu/transfer.

Degree Requirements

General Courses

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ECN 111Principles of Economics-Macro

3 credits

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

RMN 118Workshop in Team Development and Managerial Communications

1 credit

Total Credit Hours:23

Choose one Program Exploratory Course

BUS 113Introduction to Business Functions and Practices

3 credits

HOS 121Introduction to Travel, Tourism and Hospitality

3 credits

OFC 113Introduction to Microsoft Word

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Choose One Technical Literacy Course


CIS 111Introduction to Business Information Systems

3 credits

OFC 117Introduction to Computers and Software Applications

3 credits

Technical Literacy Elective - Waived for students who have successfully completed two online courses.

Elective Courses

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for course listings.

Program Electives

Total Credit Hours:3

Consult with your advisor to select college-level courses to achieve a total of at least 60 credits.  Students should complete  the required general courses as early as possible. 

Recommended Electives (provided the prerequisite(s) has been met) include:  ACC, BNK, BUS, CED,CIS, CIT, COM, HOS, LSM, MAN, MAR, OFC, PSY, RMN, and SOC.

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

BUS 111Business and Financial Mathematics

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ECN 111Principles of Economics-Macro

3 credits

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

Program Exploratory Course

Technical Literacy Elective

3 credits

RMN 118Workshop in Team Development and Managerial Communications

1 credit

MAN 101Principles of Management

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Program Electives

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

Program Electives

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