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An Associate in Science degree builds a strong foundation of leadership and managerial skills to effectively manage people, organizations, and technology in the increasingly competitive global business world.

The business world today is facing rapid changes, creating an increased demand for well-trained professionals to fill positions in all areas of the business industry. An Associate in Science degree builds a strong foundation of leadership and managerial skills to effectively manage people, organizations, and technology in the increasingly competitive global business world.

Northland's Business program is for students intending to seek employment after graduation and for those planning to continue their studies at a four-year college or university. The curriculum addresses contemporary business issues through courses in economics, communications, the legal environment, and provides practical knowledge in analytical disciplines such as computer science, statistics, and mathematics.

The courses required for this degree cover the basic areas of knowledge necessary for entrance into the business world and successful performance on the job. In addition, internships are available for students who desire hands-on experience in their chosen fields.

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Program Accreditation

Program Accreditation

College Accreditation

Northland Community & Technical College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

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Program Specific Requirements

There are no special admission requirements for the Business program.

Program Course Listings

Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credits
ADMS 1116 Business Communications 3 credits
BUSN 1110 Intro to Business 3 credits
BUSN 2210 Prin of Management 3 credits
BUSN 2218 Legal Environment Busn 3 credits
BUSN 2221 Prin of Accounting I 4 credits
BUSN 2222 Prin of Accounting II 4 credits
CPTR 1104 Intro to Computer Tech 3 credits
MKTG 2120 Supervisory Leadership 3 credits
MKTG 2200 Prin of Marketing 3 credits
ECON 2201 Microeconomics 3 credits
ECON 2202 Macroeconomics 3 credits
ENGL 1111 Composition I 3 credits
ENGL 1112 Composition II 3 credits
MATH 2203 Statistics 4 credits
PHIL 1102 Intro to Ethics 3 credits
  G4: Math/Logical Elective ( *See Elective Options Listed Below ) 3 credits
  MN Transfer Curriculum Electives 9 credits
TOTAL CREDITS: 60 credits

Program Specific Elective Course Options


Electives for this program may be selected from the following list of courses below. Need help? Schedule an appointment with a Northland Academic Advisor for assistance in selecting courses.

Course # Course Name Credits

Math/Logical Reasoning Electives

MATH 1102Contemporary Math 3 credits
MATH 1110College Algebra 3 credits

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Program Learner Outcomes

  1. The student will identify and explain the major functional areas of the business organizations including management, marketing, finance, Information technology, human resources, and accounting.
  2. The student will demonstrate leadership skills that are effective in managing a multicultural workforce.
  3. The student will evaluate and recommend alternative solutions to practical business problems using research and critical thinking.
  4. The student will apply accounting concepts and principles in making decisions about business operations.
  5. The student will integrate management principles in relationship to finance, personnel, products, services and information.
  6. The student will communicate effectively in writing and verbally in various business settings.
  7. The student will apply commonly used computer application programs to create relevant business documents.

Employment Outlook & Opportunities

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Job Openings

Counselors are available in the Career Center to assist with career advising, job search resources, employer connections, occupational descriptions, employment outlook, earnings, education/training requirements and sources.

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Graduates from this program usually transfer to a four year institution. Positions they are acquiring are:

  • Sales Representative
  • Sales Manager
  • Store Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Customer Service Representatives

The employment outlook for administrative service managers in the state of Minnesota from 2010 to 2020 is 10.3%, a very high growth career.

Program Faculty

Thief River Falls Campus

  • Shannon Nelson
  • Business Instructor/Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • (218) 683-8696