CWI laid the foundation to enable me to be successful in obtaining a four year degree.
Sephora (Law) Lewis - AA Business, CWI 2012; BA Accounting, BA Business, Northwest Nazarene University 2014
I am so glad I chose to graduate from CWI in the business program before transferring to BSU for upper division classes.
Wade Aldridge - AA Business, CWI 2013; BBA Accounting, Boise State University 2014
CWI put me ahead of the curve at U of I, and CWI's facilities and teachers were outstanding.
Katreece Hattaway - AA Business, CWI 2014; BA Operations Management, University of Idaho 2016


If you are pursuing a career in business, the Business-General major at CWI is a great starting point. At CWI, you can earn an Associate of Arts degree and meet general education requirements to transfer to any Idaho public university. The program is designed to introduce you to the core business courses and provide skills in accounting, business decision-making, software, and communication.


The business program develops adaptable, ethical problem-solvers who use networking and collaboration to achieve their career and business goals.

Why This Program

Business majors are in demand. At CWI, students learn how to think, adapt, and do the things that will prepare them for business or completing a four-year business degree.

What You Will Learn to Do

  • Accounting
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Communication
  • Computation
  • Economic Thinking
  • General legal concepts (including contracts and agency)
  • Marketing
  • Technology
  • Problem Framing and Solving


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Requirements and Costs

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts in Business—General



Delivery Formats:
Traditional, Hybrid, Online, Degree Fully Online

Important Dates for Credit Programs

  Fall 2014 Spring 2015 Summer 2015
Registration Open April 14 November 10 April 13
Financial Aid Priority Date July 14 December 1 May 11
Admission Deadline August 8 December 22 May 15
Tuition and Fees Due August 22 January 9 May 29
Last Day to Register August 22 January 9 May 29
Classes Begin August 25 January 12 June 1*
*Some classes begin before this date. See class schedule for more information.


Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI One Stop Student Services offers advising assistance, to help in deciding which courses you need to take to complete your educational goals. Visit Advising for more information or contact One Stop Student Services to schedule an appointment.

  • Students are encouraged to take mathematics each semester until they complete Brief Calculus (MATH 160)
  • Students should complete Information Science (BUSA 215) instead of CISA 101. This course should be taken prior to Business Statistics for Decision-Making I (BUSA 207).


Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.

Faculty in the Business Program work closely with the following four-year schools to assist students with transfer:

  • Boise State University
  • Lewis and Clark State College
  • University of Idaho
  • Idaho State University
  • Northwest Nazarene University
  • Brigham Young University – Idaho

Financial Aid Available

Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.

Career Info

While an Associate of Arts in Business may improve the career prospects of job candidates in some fields, the current job market places a premium on four-year degrees from accredited business colleges and universities. The College of Western Idaho has agreements in place with many of Idaho's universities to help students transfer credits and complete four-year degrees.


  • CPA (Certified Public Accountant, with four-year degree and completion of certification)
  • Management
  • Operations
  • Finance
  • Leadership
  • Administration
  • Managers
  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Banker
  • IT Manager
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Financial Advisor
  • Compliance
  • Marketing Manager
  • Financial Advisor
  • Compliance
  • Marketing Manager
  • Executive Assistant
  • Event Planning
  • Sales Manager
  • Sales Representative
  • Human Resources Specialist
  • Human Resources Manager


Nampa Campus Academic Building

5500 E. Opportunity Dr. Nampa, ID 83687

Ada County Campus Pintail Center

1360 S. Eagle Flight Way, Boise, ID 83709

Nampa Campus Aspen Classroom Building

6002 Birch Lane, Nampa, ID 83687



News and Blogs

Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 10:00am
When Russ Keely stepped on CWI’s campus the summer semester of 2009, he was homeless, unemployed, couldn’t drive, divorced, dealing with sobriety, on probation, and penniless. “I was scared to flipping death when I stepped on campus. I wasn’t only unemployed, I was unemployable.” Now, two years after graduation with a Business-General AA, “CWI took me from the lowest point of my life to a respectable life. Now I have a job, a car, my own place, and a life.”
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 10:45am
Sephora (Law) Lewis gave the student speech at College of Western Idaho’s (CWI) 2012 graduation ceremony where she received her Associate of Arts in Business. Earlier that week, she was already taking classes at Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), double majoring in both accounting and management. Thanks to her experience at CWI, she was ready for the challenge at NNU. “I was right on track with anybody else,” says Lewis. “We had teachers [at CWI] that held you accountable and it wasn’t a big...
Friday, August 15, 2014 - 12:45pm
The CWI is celebrating John Nordstrom, who was selected Faculty of Distinction for June.
Shane Turner (left) and Katreece Hattaway (right)
Friday, May 16, 2014 - 9:45am
Katreece Hattaway, Shane Turner, and Herman Anthony Berlin have been named winners of the CWI Pearson Business Student (s) of the Year Award.


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