Associate of Science (A.S.) in General Business Overview

The associate degree in general business is designed to give you the knowledge and skills needed for success in an entry-level business position. Plus, Woods Core requirements – rooted in the liberal arts tradition – will help you become adaptive to the changing needs of the organization as well as to understand the environment in which the organization operates.

This program provides the advantage of a well-balanced general program taught by experienced faculty who are dedicated to student success and provide hands-on experience in real-world business settings. You will learn such topics as accounting, economics, marketing, law and many more tools for success in the business field. In addition to preparing students for careers in business, this general business associate degree also prepares students for further education in graduate or professional programs. Our graduates have gone on to pursue degrees in business administration, law and other related fields.


What is general business?
General business encompasses a wide array of topics within the business field. Studying general business leads to having a solid foundation of essential business skills. An associate degree in general business from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods provides you with a broad base of powerful business knowledge in order to prepare you for a wide range of entry-level positions in business organizations.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is one of the best colleges for business because we also overlay a values-based curriculum with a strong foundation in leadership, so you aren’t just learning the basics of business — you’re learning to be a business leader.

Why get a degree in general business?
Are you interested in increasing job prospects, creating advancement opportunities and increasing your salary and lifetime income? Then, getting a degree in general business is the right move. This degree provides you with enough understanding of each area of business in order to make you versatile and fit into more roles. A degree in general business will open up a world of possibilities.

What can you do with a degree in general business?
Earning an associate degree can make a difference in your life. The general business degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in a variety of roles, industries and areas, including accounting, human resources, finance and advertising.
Possible jobs include:

  • Entrepreneur
  • Small business consultant
  • Customer service supervisor
  • Human resources clerk
  • Accounting assistant
  • Assistant manager

This is also the first step toward earning a bachelor’s degree and pursuing management-level positions. The required business courses apply to baccalaureate-level business courses at the College.

What is the average annual salary of someone with a psychology degree?
As you look at starting salaries, keep in mind that the cost of living and opportunities to move with a career or industry sector should also factor into your decision. Earnings for someone with a general business degree average $65,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

What support and resources are provided at SMWC?
The Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides exceptional, personalized learning resource services to encourage student success. The LRC offers help with a range of academic support services, including a writing center, tutoring, college success courses and more.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College is routinely ranked by US News and World Report among the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest and the Best Value Schools. Our departments are also routinely ranked for their individual degree programs.
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