Business Concentration


Would you like to develop a solid business foundation to support your educational goals?

The Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a Business Concentration is designed specifically for liberal arts students who want to develop a strong business foundation as they work toward transferring to a four-year university program to enter a College of Business. The curriculum is designed for students planning to transfer and pursue a bachelor's degree in accounting, business administration, economics, finance, human resources, international business, management, or marketing.

If you are undecided about your major, this could be an ideal choice for you because of the exposure to a variety of subject areas. The Business credits required for this concentration provide a clear perspective on a variety of business careers. Earning your AA with a Business Concentration is equivalent to completing the first two years of a bachelors' degree.

All full-time Riverland Business faculty members have advanced degrees plus work experience. They maintain membership in professional business organizations to help them stay current in their field. Smaller class sizes at Riverland mean that you get more personalized attention from instructors and many students tell us this helps them establish a solid foundation for success. Oncampus and online classes are distinct advantages of this program. If you prefer, you can complete this major totally online.

A student successfully completing this degree will be able to

  • Apply critical thinking processes to ethically analyze and evaluate business situations.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use application software, technology, and other resources to research, analyze, and integrate data to solve business problems.
  • Prepare and present oral, written and group materials that inform, persuade, and influence others.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively work in a team environment to achieve goals.
  • Apply the principles of accounting, finance, and economics to evaluate fiscal decisions.


Location: Albert Lea, Austin, Owatonna, 100% Online
Program Starts: Fall, Spring & Summer
Course Plan: Four Semesters
Faculty: Deb McManimon

Required Core Courses (11 credits)

ACCT2011 Principles of Financial Accounting 4 CR
ACCT2012 Principles of Managerial Accounting 4 CR
BUSA1060 Computer Concepts and Applications 3 CR

MnTC General Education Courses (41 credits)

ECON2291 Macroeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
ECON2292 Microeconomics (Goal 5 & 8) 3 CR
ENGL1101 Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) 3 CR
MATH1110 College Algebra (Goal 2 & 4) 3 CR
PHIL1130 Ethics (Goal 6 & 9) 3 CR
- Goal 1 - Communication 6 CR
- Goal 3 - Natural Sciences 9 CR
- Goal 5 - History and the Social & Behavioral Sciences 3 CR
- Goal 6 - Humanities and Fine Arts 6 CR
- MnTC/General Education
- Physical Education/Health 1 CR

Electives (8 credits needed from courses listed below. For proper course selection, please contact the program advisor or enrollment advisor.)

BUSA1002 Introduction to Online Learning 1 CR
BUSA1010 Introduction to Business 3 CR
BUSA1050 Personal Financial Management and Planning 3 CR
BUSA2032 Business Law - Legal Environment 3 CR
BUSA2041 Business Communications 3 CR
BUSA2042 Principles of Management 3 CR
BUSA2043 Principles of Marketing 3 CR
BUSA2050 Introduction to Management Information System 3 CR
BUSA2065 Introduction to International Business 3 CR
BUSA2102 Business Internship 2 CR
BUSA2103 Business Internship 3 CR
BUSA2104 Business Internship 4 CR
MATH2021 Fundamentals of Statistics 4 CR

For in-depth information including outcomes, program fees, course descriptions, and more please visit the Business Concentration program page at