Associate of Science in Business Course Descriptions

ACC211 Basic Accounting (3)
This course covers the basic concepts, principles and techniques used to generate accounting data. The accounting cycle is examined and used to enhance decision-making for service and merchandising businesses. Prerequisite: Math 101.

ASB060 Orientation (0)
This 10-day course is an orientation to the ASB program.

BUS101 Introduction to Business (3)
An introductory survey course of various types of business organizations will be presented. Business principles to be examined are as follows: business management, human resources, marketing, business ethics and finances.

BUS105 Business Math (3)
This course uses basic applications of mathematics in the field of business. The concepts to be examined include: statistics, consumer credit, percentages and markups, simple and compound interest with discounts.

BUS215 Business Case Study (2)
This course provides the processes and guidelines to develop and analyze a business case study. Project processes and project management will be outlined and used to analyze business case studies. Skills to be examined: planning of project, analysis with documentation, communication and validation of the results of the project.

BUS271 Business Law I (3)
This introductory course addresses the interrelationship of law and business, with the intent of establishing a knowledge and skill base upon which students can build an understanding of our legal system and an ability to recognize and manage legal issues that arise in day-to-day business contexts. This study includes an introduction to the American legal system, the U.S. Constitution, litigation and alternative dispute resolution, jurisprudence, business ethics, relevant tort and criminal law, and contract law.

ECN101 Introduction to Economics (3)
Survey of the basic principles of economics and the leading “schools” of thought in the Western world – classical, Austrian and Keynesian contemporary – with their implications for present day life and political policy.

ECN268 Personal Finance (3)
Various alternatives available in planning financial affairs; budgeting, buying on credit, borrowing, saving, investing intelligently, home ownership and wise estate planning comprise the core of this course. Practical applications facilitate understanding of essential principles of finance and incorporate recent developments.

ENG104 College Writing (3)
Theory and practice of writing analysis and argument essays with emphasis on how to do library research and writing for university courses.
Prerequisite: Placement scores or ENG 103.

FAS142 Fine Arts (3)
Students will learn to become involved academically and experientially in music and art. Through this involvement, the student is introduced to the language used in discussing the elements of form, design, technique, meaning and value in the arts. Visual, tactile and aural experiences are placed within appropriate context to further illuminate understanding of the relationship between music and art.

GEO331 China, India and Japan (3)
Asia’s lands and peoples, with special emphasis on China, India and Japan.  Includes historical, political, cultural and economic insights within a geographical context.

GEO332 Africa (3)
The African continent: the natural environment, the people and their customs, the discovery and opening of the country by explorers and missionaries, the partition of Africa and the present political and economic trends.

GEO333 Latin America (3)
Latin America from the beginning of the colonial period to the present, with the purpose of understanding their history and culture in a geographical setting, and their relations with the rest of the world.

GEO334 The Middle East (3)
An interdisciplinary survey of the lands, history and political dynamics of Southwest Asia (commonly known as the Middle East) and North Africa, this course covers main elements of the realm’s topography and cultural landscape, a survey of its history since 7th Century Muslim conquest and a discussion of current political issues. The course coincides with the holding of the Michigan Model Arab League, which students may attend in partial fulfillment of course requirements; alternatively, students may undertake focused research into a particular state or culture of the realm.

GEO337 Chinese Language and Culture (3)
While setting the state with a brief overview of the thousands of years of Chinese history, philosophical thought, and culture, the emphasis of this course will be on the significant changes in Chinese civilization, culture and thought development during the past 100 years. Students will understand how Chinese philosophers and thinkers have influenced the traits of Chinese culture and contemporary thought. Present day Chinese culture will be studied through the lenses of political thought, geography, economics, family life, education, and religion.

GES148 Computer Applications (3)
This course provides an introduction to word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software (MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint), and is designed to develop basic operational proficiency in each of those areas via a number of hands-on, skills-based assignments. The course will be taught using the Blackboard (Bb) course management system, which students will use to access course materials, submit assignments, and participate in weekly threaded discussion. Students will also develop basic internet and research skills using both public and private search engines.

HIS142 United States Since 1877 (3)
A study of the cultural ideas and forces that have helped to shape modern America, such as industrialization, progressivism, the battle between “science” and “religion,” the two world wars, the Great Depression, the New Deal and Great Society, the spirits unleashed in the 1960s, and the “culture wars” of the 1990s. A multidisciplinary framework will again be used, as well as efforts to develop Christian insights so that students will be better able to “make sense” out of life at the end of the 20th Century.

IDS100 Discovery in the Liberal Arts (3)
This course is designed to introduce students to Spring Arbor University, the Concept, and the process of becoming an educated person. Three main objectives: 1) bring students into the life and philosophy of the SAU community, 2) explore the meaning, purpose and essence of becoming an educated person through the liberal arts; and 3) assist students in discovering themselves as persons through development of the academic and social skills needed to be successful in their various environments. Course activities emphasize general intellectual skills (writing and speaking) and social and relational skills (interpersonal communication).

IDS200 Christian Faith: Issues and Cultures (3)
Identifies some of the social and ethical issues foundational for critical participation in the contemporary world. This course emphasizes cultural, ethnic and racial diversity. Experiential learning is emphasized through simulations. Students will reflect on the implications of Christian faith for personal vocation and critical participation in the world today.

NSC202 Environment and Life Science (2)
Selected issues illustrating global and local environmental concerns. Scientific bases of problems and possible solutions. Lab demonstrations of environmental issues. A biblical stewardship approach is integrated with the course content.

PHI200 Introduction to Philosophy (3)
Introduction to logic, philosophy of science, and traditional and contemporary answers to the human problems of knowledge, reality and morality.

POL214 State and Local Government (3)
A study of the structure and direction of state, county and local governments with a major focus on how they function together and how they relate to the national government. Policy issues, such as welfare, the environment, social security and zoning, will be seen from the “bottom up” of our federal system, that is, how they originate at one of these “lower” levels, yet do so within the guidelines and constraints of the national agenda.

PSY100 Introduction to Psychology (4)
This course will provide students with a broad, general introduction to the discipline of psychology. Some of the basic subject matter covered includes: personality theory, psychophysiology, learning, developmental psychology, motivation, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy and social psychology. Introductory psychology students will also be exposed to the approaches to gathering and evaluating evidence about the causes and correlates of behavior. Emphasis is also given to the means by which psychological knowledge is (or can be) applied to improve the quality of individual and community life.

REL218 Survey of the New Testament (3)
This course is a survey of the entire New Testament, focusing on the presentation of Jesus Christ, His life, His message, and His church. The course will examine the New Testament as a collection of 1st century documents of the Early Church, as the revelation of God, and as a source for spiritual formation and ministry. Students will engage with critical approaches to the interpretation of the New Testament and will be challenged to consider how to faithfully embody these texts today.

SOC311 Racial and Cultural Minorities (3)
The cultures and experiences of minority ethnic groups in the United States, and the impact of prejudice, discrimination and racism on these minority groups and on white society.

SPE212 Fundamentals of Speech (3)
Theory, organization, preparation and practice of speechmaking. Required speeches: storytelling, inspirational, informative, persuasive, and symposium panel forum.