General Business — No Concentration

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Business

Enables students to customize their academic programs to meet specific goals and is often used by students who are interested in transferring to a four-year institution. The associate's degree in General Business with no concentration is the most basic and flexible degree offered by the Business and Computer Technology Division. Students may combine this degree with certificate programs offered by the Business and Computer Technology Division or with a degree in another area to improve their employability. The division offers the following certificates:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Computer Software Applications
  • Customer Service Professional
  • Industrial Distribution – Business Concentration
  • Office Administration
  • Office Skills - Fundamentals
  • Small Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • Supervision
Learning Outcomes: 
  • Explain how the activities involved in operating a business connect with one another.
  • Evaluate the opportunities and threats resulting from current business trends.
  • Evaluate strategies for obtaining, securing, and growing personal wealth.
  • Apply math concepts to solve business and finance related problems and conduct business research.
  • Employ computer software application programs such as word processing and spreadsheets, to perform ordinary business activities.
  • Model appropriate and effective verbal and nonverbal communication in a business setting.

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Business degrees require at least 15 credits total including at least three credits from each of the five areas below. For this program:

1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete one of the following:

2. Communication: Complete the following:

3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete one of the following:

5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

NOTE: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 15

Degree-Specific Requirements: 

Fulfill the Required Core, Required Support, and/or Elective Courses for this program.

Required Core Courses

Complete one of the following:
Complete an additional 12-13 credit hours in the following areas:
Accounting (BAC), Business Administration (BBA), Computer Applications (BCA), Business Co-op (BCO), Economics (BEC),
Finance (BFN), Business Law (BLW), Management (MGT), and/or Paralegal Studies (PLGL).
Minimum Credit Hours: 

Students should complete as many business-related courses as necessary to have completed a grand total of 20 business-related credit hours.

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete elective credits to meet the minimum number of credits required for the Associate's degree.

Students will need 23 - 25 credits of electives depending on General Education selections.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Business and Computer Technology Division: 313-845-9645,, Technology Bldg, Room: E-211
Jared Boyd: 313-845-9697,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-329

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as: