Five Courses Common in Online Business Degrees

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Introduction to Economics
  • Organizational Ethics
  • Introduction to Human Resources

More students than ever before are pursuing online degrees in a multitude of fields, including business. With more and more non-traditional students entering college and university, online programs have become a significant tool for students looking to further their career.

According to Forbes, online business degrees are well worth the cost – and can even save students money over traditional study. The vast majority of the coursework is similar, or the same, as the courses students take in traditional business degrees. Here are five common courses in online business degrees.

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  1. Introduction to Marketing

    Introduction to Marketing covers the basics of traditional and digital marketing. Students will learn the pros and cons of various marketing tools, receive introductions to various marketing platforms, and get a splatter of design advice on traditional marketing tools like flyers, brochures, and trade show posters.

  2. Accounting and Financial Management

    One of the foundational courses of a business degree, Accounting, and Financial Management introduces students to accounting basics such as cash flow management, projections, overhead calculation, and payroll. In some online business degrees, this course is separated into two semesters to cover more advanced topics within this area of focus.

  3. Introduction to Economics

    Introduction to Economics covers both micro and macroeconomics. Students learn about consumer bases, price indexes, markets, and local economies, in addition to national economic policy, inflation, the impact of the stock market, and global economics.

  4. Organizational Ethics

    This broad-ranging management course covers ethical practice within organizations, including ethical standards relating to employee treatment, payroll, benefits, and company perks. It also discusses ethical practices in relationships between the company and the community it inhabits and serves, and how each company has its own impact – for better or worse – on local and regional economies. Students are encouraged to discuss ethical practices according to philosophical standards of ethics, such as virtue ethics or utilitarian ethics, and suggest best practices on the basis of their determinations.

  5. Introduction to Human Resources

    This course introduces business students to the most important resource of all – employees – and how to effectively recruit and manage them. From recruitment techniques and determining company talent needs to ascertaining appropriate paygrades for a different position and boosting company morale, Introduction to Human Resources is required for the vast majority of business degrees, including online ones.

Each of these courses relates to important aspects of business and company organization, and may also give students a clearer idea of what they want to specialize in during their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Specializing in any of these areas of business is well worth consideration – and can have a tremendous impact on the companies graduates work for as well as the world of business as a whole.