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
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Economic Thinking
- General legal concepts (including contracts and agency)
- Problem Framing and Solving
Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Associate of Arts in Business—General
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, available each semester, 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.
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)
- IT Manager
- Market Research Analyst
- Financial Advisor
- Marketing Manager
- Financial Advisor
- Marketing Manager
- Executive Assistant
- Event Planning
- Sales Manager
- Sales Representative
- Human Resources Specialist
- Human Resources Manager