General Studies, Entrepreneurship Pathway

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts in General Studies with an Entrepreneurial pathway is a great way to start, manage, and grow your current or future entrepreneurial venture. Ellijay, home of Dalton State College’s Mountain Campus, along with other surrounding mountain areas dotting Gilmer County, is a center to a growing ecotourism industry. These industries include outdoor attractions, mountain cabins hosting vacationers, crafts and antique shops, restaurants, vineyards and more. This pathway will improve your entrepreneurial skills with foundations in English and math, speech, the environment of business, and even Appalachian history. Your second year includes courses in micro- and macro-economics, accounting, computer applications, environmental sustainability, and financial and managerial accounting. Not an entrepreneur, yet? Entrepreneurial thinking, or "intrapreneurship," is highly valued inside established businesses that demand insights, innovation, and creativity. Once you complete the AA Entrepreneurship pathway, you are ready to work with local agencies, including the Small Business Administration and Chamber of Commerce, to craft your business plan to launch your new venture. More importantly, the AA Entrepreneurship pathway easily transitions to one of Dalton State College’s popular bachelor’s degrees in arts and sciences and business when you are ready. Take in the fresh air this degree brings to life.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
MATH 1111College Algebra3
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
HIST 1050Appalachian Hist-Special Topic1
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Required ENGL course
ENGL 2000Topics in Literature & Culture3
Required HUMN course
HUMN 1202Expressions of Culture II3
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Choose two lab science courses8
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Math requirement:
MATH 1113Precalculus Mathematics3
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
ECON 2105Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 2106Principles of Microeconomics3
Area F: Major Related
ACCT 2101Principles of Accounting I3
ACCT 2102Principles of Accounting II3
BUSA 2106The Environment of Business3
BUSA 2201Fundamentals of Computer Appli3
COMM 2000Intro to Mass Communication3
SUST 2000Intro Envir Sustainability3
Total Hours60


BUSA 2106. The Environment of Business. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the political, social, legal, ethical, environmental, and technological issues that affect or are affected by business decisions. Topics include stakeholder analysis, social responsibility, ethics, globalization, business-government relations, and fair trade. (F, S, and Mountain Campus (Fall))

BUSA 2201. Fundamentals of Computer Appli. 3-0-3 Units.

Assures a basic level of computer applications literacy to include spreadsheet, database, word processing, and presentation software. (F, S, M, and Mountain Campus (S))
Prerequisites: MATH 1101 or higher.

BUSA 2850. Business Statistics. 3-0-3 Units.

Emphasizes applications of statistics in business. Topics include methods of presenting data, numerical measures and correlation, probability theory and probability distributions, sampling distributions, estimation, hypothesis testing, and linear regression. Microsoft Excel is an integral part of the course and is used in all aforementioned topics. (F, S, M) Prerequisite: BUSA 2201

BUSA 3055. Quantitative Analysis Bus Prob. 3-0-3 Units.

Develops analytical skills for business decision making using Microsoft Excel. Topics include time-series forecasting, profit models, optimization, simulation and decision analysis. Excel is used in all of the aforementioned topics extensively.(S)
Prerequisites: ACCT 2102, BUSA 2201, BUSA 2850, and ECON 2106, all with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3060. Business Law. 3-0-3 Units.

Covers the source of law and courts, and introduces tort law along with the historical, economic, political and ethical considerations in business and the impact of regulatory and administrative law on business. Topics include property law, contracts, and environmental issues.(F, S)
Prerequisites: BUSA 2106, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, all with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3070. Business Ethics. 3-0-3 Units.

Defines ethics, explores models of personal ethics, and reviews ethics in a variety of professional fields. In addition the course examines the relationship between business ethics and corporate social responsibility. Topics include corporate governance, trust and honesty in business, the role of ethics in managerial decision-making and behavior, the ethical use of information, and international ethics.(F, S)
Prerequisites: BUSA 2106, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, all with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3301. Business Communications. 3-0-3 Units.

This course is designed to prepare students to write and speak in a variety of business settings; to communicate effectively with business audiences by addressing strategic issues such as crisis communication, management of communication programs in a social media environment; communication skills with new technologies; and building key strategic and interpersonal relationships in business. The course also emphasizes basic skills in report writing and researching for sources, as well as writing effective business memos.(F, S, M)
Prerequisites: BUSA 2106, COMM 1110, and ENGL 1102, all with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3351. International Business. 3-0-3 Units.

This course provides a broad overview of international business and trade, and the impact of the international business environment on management decisions. Topics of the course include international business basics such as trade, barriers to trade, and the relationship between international business and international relations; effects of international business decisions of culture, political, legal, and economic forces; effects of government intervention and the role of social and economic aid organizations.(F, S, M)
Prerequisites: BUSA 2106, ECON 2105, ECON 2106, all with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3531. Data Cleaning & Visualization. 3-0-3 Units.

The course introduces skills for cleaning and restructuring data suitable for visualization using Excel functions and Power Query; for analyzing the data using Pivot Table and Power Pivot; and for visualizing the data using Power BI. A Windows PC is required.(F,S, M)
Prerequisites: ACCT 2102, BUSA 2850, and ECON 2106, all with a C or better.

BUSA 3532. Bus Analytics/Data Mining. 3-0-3 Units.

The course introduces students to business analytics and data mining. Topics include introduction to business analytics, data visualization, data transformation, cluster analysis, association analysis, decision trees, logistics regression, neural network and model performance evaluation.(F)
Prerequisites: BUSA 2850 and BUSA 3531, both with a "C" or better.

BUSA 3701. Prof Development Seminar. 1-0-1 Unit.

This class is designed to aid students in transitioning from the academic world to a professional business work environment. It will provide students with experience in applying for jobs, interviewing, networking, and business etiquette as well as expose them to other relevant and timely topics for advancing in the business world.(F, S)
Prerequisites: BUSA 3301 with a “C” or better.

BUSA 4900. Business Internships. 0-0-3 Units.

Provides students with on-site work experience in Business through a coordinated academic internship experience with a pre-approved employer. A portfolio chronicling the work experience, a project relating relevant academic literature to the Business internship experience, and a final presentation encompassing the entire internship experience are required to receive academic credit. By permission of the Internship Coordinator. (F, S) Prerequisite (s): 9 credit hours of upper division in ACCT, BUSA, MARK, MGIS, MNGT, or OPMT of which 3 credit hours must be in BUSA; and all with a "C" or better.