Administrative Professional

Associate of Arts Degree

You can earn an associate of arts degree with a concentration in general administrative assistant. Note that not all courses for each program can be offered every semester.

You will need to successfully complete a minimum of 60 Credit Hours.


Recommended Core Courses

Core 33 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BSAD 1000 Human Relations and Ethics
Study of modern methods and procedures used in effective human relations and ethics including information on the following: definition and history of human relations, ethics, diversity, self-esteem, motivation, communication and personality styles, conflict management and resolution, and team building and rapport as well as self expression and effective listening skills.
3
OFFT 1050 Introduction to Windows Operating System
This course provides an overview of operating system functions that are necessary in a microcomputer working environment. This course includes user interface, file, disk and system management techniques, along with basic operating system terminology.
1
OFFT 1090 Microsoft Word I
Designed to give practical experience in operating word processing software. Emphasis on creating and editing documents using beginning to intermediate editing and formatting features. Basic computer and keyboarding skills are essential.
3
OFFT 1170 Business English
Business English is an intensive review of the principles and practical application of grammar, spelling, and punctuation, including the composing and analysis of sentences and paragraphs. The course will help students in their ability to produce correspondence in their program of study, improving a vital employable skill.
3
OFFT 1350 Administrative Professional Procedures
Discussion of responsibilities encountered by the administrative professional. Special emphasis on administrative professional duties, such as work organization, problem solving, communication, customer service, and execution of administrative professional responsibilities.
3
OFFT 1420 Intermediate Keyboarding
Stresses improvement of manipulative skill, keyboarding rate, and accuracy. Format and produce academic, business and personal documents using word processing software in mailable format. Emphasis on proofreading, editing, following instructions and keying documents from various copy. Integrates knowledge of the Internet and the computer. Includes timed computer keyboarding skills for creating and editing business documents and sending electronic attachments. Must be able to type thirty gross words a minute.
3
OFFT 1540 Microsoft PowerPoint
This course will give the student practical experience in operating the presentation graphics portion of the Microsoft Office suite.
1
OFFT 1580 Microsoft Outlook
Outlook is a Microsoft mail application. You can use Outlook to send and receive email. You can also use Outlook as a personal organizer to schedule meetings, appointments, and tasks.
1
OFFT 1880 Office Practicum
Designed to give students realistic practice in business documentation and transcription skills involving a wide variety of real-world business activities. This project-based class will integrate administrative functions that are expected of a professional administrative assistant.
3
BSAD 2050 Business Communications
Development of both oral and written communicative skills. Students will be able to organize and present effective presentations gaining audience rapport and sending appropriate nonverbal messages as well as formulate effective letters, memos, and reports for business and industry.
3
OFFT 2090 Advanced Word Certification
Designed for a higher degree of competence in word processing using microcomputer technology. This course will prepare the student for the Microsoft Office Specialist exam in the Microsoft Word application using the most recent version. Upon completion of the course, the student will take the interactive exam. Certification will be awarded to the students when they pass this exam.
2
INFO 2100 Excel Spreadsheet Applications
This course begins with entry-level techniques and quickly progresses into more advanced functions. Advanced topics of integrating database files into spreadsheets, how to write macros, Visual Basic code and graphic fundamentals will be presented. Basic keyboarding skills are essential.
3
BSAD 2160 Customer Service and Business Etiquette
Emphasis on the importance of customer service in an overall business setting. Topics include recognizing the importance of customer service, identification of customer needs, handling of routine and difficult situations, and emphasis of long lasting customer relationships. Students will also develop knowledge and practical experience to exercise good manners, project a professional image, and confidently respond to most business situations.
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Core Option Courses

Accounting 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ACCT 1100 Survey of Accounting
Provides a solid overview of the basics of financial and managerial accounting with an emphasis on the relevance of accounting information. Focus of the course is on providing students with an understanding of the major financial statements, the information provided in the financial statements, and enhancing the student's decision making and problem solving abilities from a user perspective.
3
ACCT 1200 Principles of Accounting I
This course is designed to provide introductory knowledge of accounting principles, concepts, and practices. Included topics are the balance sheet, the income statement, the statement of owner's equity, the statement of cash flows, worksheets, journals, ledgers, accruals, adjusting and closing entries, internal controls, inventories, fixed and intangible assets, liabilities, equity, and financial statement analysis. This course provides a foundation for more advanced work in the fields of accounting and business.
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Required General Education Courses

Behavioral Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SOCI 1010 Introduction to Sociology
Introduction to the basic principles of sociology including the study of culture, socialization, social structure, social institutions, investigative behavior, deviance, inequalities including race, ethnicity, stratification; demography, population, and theoretical perspectives.
3
PSYC 1810 Introduction to Psychology
An introduction to the science of behavior and mental processes including the application of critical thinking to the study of learning theory, memory, personality, growth and development, biological and neurological aspects, abnormal behavior, therapies, intelligence, motivation, emotion, sensation, perception, and theoretical perspectives.
3

English / Literature 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
THEA 1010 Introduction to Theatre
An introduction to the forms and functions of the dramatic arts within a historical perspective. Includes an introduction to basic theatre skills as well as an introduction to a range of dramatic literature.
3
ENGL 1020 English Composition II
Students will read and analyze various texts and respond with research-based argumentative essays that demonstrate information literacy, critical-reading, and source integration. A significant research project is required.
3
ENGL 1520 Comparative Mythology
Introduces students to mythological and folkloric materials from a variety of cultural traditions, including, but not limited to, Greek, Roman, Norse, Native American, Aboriginal, Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, and Arthurian and Celtic. Themes within the course structure will encompass Creation myths, gods and goddesses, the Fall of Humankind, the Heroic ideal, the Afterlife, and rites of passage.
3
ENGL 2030 Creating Poetry I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Includes feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2040 Creating Poetry II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing poetry, both formal and free verse. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2050 Creating Stories I
Study of the fundamentals involved in the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2060 Creating Stories II
Continuing study of the process of creating and developing stories as either fiction or creative non-fiction. Feedback in a workshop environment. Reading, writing and performance assignments.
3
ENGL 2070 Technical Communications
Covers both written and oral technical communications including, but not limited to, technical library research and semi technical or technical explanations of scientific and engineering topics.
3
ENGL 2100 Introduction to Literature
This course introduces students to the major genres and conventions associated with literature. It includes fiction, poetry, drama and memoir. By employing critical reading and thinking skills and analytical and creative writing skills, students will understand literature more fully. The course exposes students to a range of authors representing a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
3
ENGL 2110 Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to mainly, but not limited to, American poetry from hearing and reading aloud and experiencing poetry as an art to be enjoyed. Course includes a wide variety of reading: traditional poets in American canon, avant-garde poetry, Midwest poetry as well as women's poetry.
3
THEA 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2140 Introduction to Shakespeare
Focus is on an examination of the plays by William Shakespeare and the history that influenced the major themes of his canon. Students will study several of his plays from the three major divisions of his work as a playwright: the tragedies, history plays, and the comedies.
3
ENGL 2150 American Literature to 1865
Critical reading and evaluation of writers of prose and poetry from the colonial period to 1865. Emphasizes such writers as Edwards, Hawthorne, Melville, Longfellow, Emerson, Thoreau, and Native American writing.
3
ENGL 2160 American Literature after 1865
Covers American writers from 1865 to the present, such as Whitman, Twain, Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Eliot.
3
ENGL 2200 British Literature to 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from 700-1800 following its development from Beowulf to the Romantic period with emphasis on poetry and essay forms.
3
ENGL 2210 British Literature after 1800
Study and comprehensive reading in English literature from the Romantic movement to the present day, including poetry and the essay with works by representative novelists.
3
ENGL 2720 Introduction to Literature of the Great Plains and the American West
The study, through written literature of fiction, nonfiction and poetry of the territory west of the Missouri River, especially that expanse called the Great Plains. Study would include both the early people and those who attempted to displace them.
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ENGL 2730 The Novel and the Movie
Readings in fiction and viewing of films based on or elaborating on that fiction with class discussions on the relationships between the fiction and the film. Written response to reading and viewing is expected.
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Fine Arts & Language 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MUSC 1010 Introduction to Music
Study of the development of music and how it relates to the events of our past and present. All types of music included. Open registration.
3
ARTS 1050 Introduction to Art History and Criticism I
A survey of major works of art in all media from Prehistory through the end of the 14th Century. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
ARTS 1060 Introduction to Art History and Criticism II
A survey of major works of art in all media from the 14th Century to the present. Artistic styles will be discussed in relation to contemporary history, society, and culture. Individual works of art will be explored as well as the role of art and architecture in a cultural context.
3
SPAN 1200 Elementary Spanish I
An introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of the Spanish language. Emphasis on the history and culture of the Spanish speaking world.
4
FREN 1200 Elementary French I
Introduction to the grammatical and conversational study of French.
4

Health Education 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HPER 1550 Lifetime Wellness
Designed to develop an understanding of the principles necessary for promoting lifetime wellness. Focus will be on a holistic approach to recognizing and evaluating oneself in order to improve one's own quality of life. Includes a study of critical issues which affect the individual, such as stress, nutrition, weight control, physical fitness, infectious and noninfectious diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, environmental health, and human sexuality.
3

History 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
HIST 1030 European Civilization I
Study of history that interprets and evaluates the contribution of civilizations from ancient times to 1600.
3
HIST 1040 European Civilization II
The development of European civilization since 1600, concluding with the peace settlements and national tensions that followed World War II.
3
HIST 1050 World History I
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from ancient times to 1715.
3
HIST 1060 World History II
A chronological study of world civilizations giving an overall view of contributions made by these civilizations from 1715 to the present day.
3
HIST 2010 American History I
A survey of American History from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in the development of the American nation.
3
HIST 2020 American History II
A survey of American history from the end of the Civil War era to the present. Emphasis is on the political, economic, cultural, social, and technological issues that arise in America’s development as a global power.
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Mathematics 3-5 Credit Hours

select one from list or any other higher level of college math
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MATH 1100 Foundations of Mathematics
This course is designed to give the students a survey of mathematics topics including set theory, logic, geometry and dimensional analysis, financial calculations and management graph theory, probability and statistics. Main emphasis will be the application of problem solving methods while studying topics.
3
MATH 1140 Intermediate Algebra
Development of the real numbers as a working replacement set for equations and expressions. Main emphasis is placed on algebraic operations related to polynomials, rational expressions and equations, radical expressions and equations, exponential expressions, and logarithmic expressions. Concepts of relations and functions are introduced allowing for further study in math.
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Natural Science 4-5 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIOS 1010 General Biology
Introduction to the major biological concepts: ecosystem dynamics, cell structure and function, cell division, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, and genetics, as well as a variety of laboratory techniques.
4
PHYS 1100 Physical Science
Survey of chemistry, physics, and earth science. Designed to meet the requirements for general science with laboratory experiences.
4
PHYS 1130 Introductory Physics I
Study of principles and their application in mechanics, heat, and sound.
5
CHEM 1140 General Chemistry I
Study of general principles including atomic structure, nomenclature, reactions, and compounds.
5

Oral Communication 3 Credit Hours

select one - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
SPCH 1010 Fundamentals of Communication
This course stresses the correlation of effective communication common to interpersonal, small group, and public speaking contexts. Theory and application are incorporated into a variety of classroom activities. Students gain experience in public speaking through the delivery of informative, persuasive, and other various types of speeches.
3
SPCH 1110 Public Speaking
This course will enable students to master the skills required of speaking in today's workplace and society. This course will focus on the organization, preparation, research, and evidence needed for a presentation that is tailored to fit the audience. This course will also enhance the students' listening skills which will assist them in everyday situations.
3

Social Science 3 Credit Hours

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Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
POLS 1000 American Government
A study of the functioning of the American political system through an analysis and application of its underlying theories.
3
GEOG 1020 World Regional Geography
Regional survey of world's political units and theoretical framework for understanding geographical phenomena and problems with emphasis on relationship of human activities and physical environment.
3
POLS 1600 International Relations
A survey of the actors, institutions, processes, and theories of international relations including a study of contemporary global issues.
3
ECON 2110 Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to the nature and concepts of economics. Topics include economic systems, measurement and analysis of aggregate variables such as national income, expenditures, fiscal and monetary policy, employment, and inflation. Other policies for macroeconomic stabilization and growth are evaluated.
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Written Communication 3 Credit Hours

ENGL 1010 required - must earn C or above
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ENGL 1010 English Composition I
Designed to develop writing skills. Students write papers and essays which emphasize the importance of clarity, idea development, focus, organization, word choice, logic and sentence construction. The process of planning, writing, revising, and editing essays for a particular audience and basic research-related skills are also emphasized.
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Suggested Elective Courses

Electives 3 Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ACCT 1210 Principles of Accounting II
This course is a continuation of ACCT 1200 Principles of Accounting I and includes accounting for businesses organized as corporations, cash flow statements, accounting for manufacturing businesses, preparing and using accounting data for management decision making, and analyzing and interpreting financial statements.
3
ACCT 2020 Accounting with Quickbooks
Accounting with QuickBooks is a comprehensive course in computerized accounting using QuickBooks Pro software. Topics will cover service and merchandising businesses. Students will create a company, manage customers and vendors, record receivables and payables, sales and sales tax, purchases and inventory, reconcile bank and credit card accounts, process payroll, maintain asset, liability and equity accounts, close books and perform routine company maintenance. Must have working knowledge of MS Office.
3
BSAD 2520 Principles of Marketing
A study of the development of an effective marketing program including consumer behavior, product, pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies.
3
BSAD 2250 International Business
Designed to assist students in development of appreciation, knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to live and work in a global marketplace.
3
BSAD 1200 Introduction to Electronic Commerce
An introduction to Electronic Commerce and the technology infrastructure needed to successfully operate a business online. The course explores electronic storefronts, auctions, virtual communities and web portals. The principles related to building a web presence, marketing and selling on the web, legal, ethical, and tax issues, security considerations, and payment systems will be covered. Current issues in e-commerce will be discussed.
3
GCAD 1450 Graphic Arts I
A concentrated study of the design process using commercial computer applications to create graphic design images. The student will develop design principles and applications that provide a foundation for advanced graphic design course work.
3
INFO 1740 Dreamweaver Flash and Fireworks
This course provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide for basic to intermediate skills in Dreamweaver, Flash and Fireworks. Concepts to be covered include: how to create a Dreamweaver Web site, add Flash which is a graphics program that allows the user to create or enhance graphics specifically for the Web. These skills will assist the user in creating dynamic Web sites.
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Suggested Elective Courses

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