Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Business and Technology

Contact Information

Dean: Michael Fino

Office: Building OC3600, 760.757.2121 x6924

Full-Time Faculty

Joanne Benschop

Academic and Career Pathway: Business and Technology 

Associate in Arts Degree

Liberal Arts with an Area of Emphasis in Business and Technology

This pattern of courses is designed to provide students with the introductory skills and knowledge required for entry to the world of business, commerce, and technology. Students are introduced to technical skills required in business, and the business courses emphasize theories, strategies, and practices that are applicable to small entrepreneurial ventures as well as business conducted in the global marketplace. The computer studies information and technology courses (CSIT) and the media arts technology courses (MAT) provide students with the opportunity to develop, access, analyze, and integrate information in a professional setting. Critical thinking courses focus on the development of decision making and problem solving techniques. This emphasis is ideal for the liberal arts student seeking an enhanced understanding of the business environment and the practical application of the skills required for success in the business world. Students transferring to a university may choose courses that will prepare them for majors in accounting, finance, business, and economics, or courses selected can provide a lower-division foundation for a business minor. Career paths include employment in the fields of management, marketing, accounting, music, the hospitality industry, and information technology. Students are advised to meet with a counselor to select courses that are most appropriate to their educational goal.

To earn this associate degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 degree-applicable units of credit (including major and general education courses).
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or “P” or better.
  • Complete a general education pattern of courses (see Associate Degrees).
  • Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to develop communication, critical thinking, and intellectual skills that effectively prepare him/her for lifelong learning and for advanced study in a wide range of majors at the university level.
Students must complete a minimum of 18 units.
List A: Select a minimum of 3 units from the following courses:3
Practical Accounting
Computer Accounting
Business Mathematics
Financial Accounting
Financial Accounting (Honors)
Business Statistics
Business Statistics (Honors)
Survey of Economics
Principles of Economics: MACRO
Principles of Economics: MICRO
Intermediate Algebra
Intermediate Algebra with Integrated Support
Calculus with Applications
Calculus with Applications with Integrated Support
List B: Select a minimum of 6 units from the following courses:6
Human Resources Management
Introduction to Business
Introduction to Business (Honors)
Management Principles
Project Management
Retail Management
Human Relations in Business
Legal Environment of Business
Legal Environment of Business (Honors)
International Business
Business Communication
Business Communication (Honors)
Introduction to Hospitality Management
Hospitality Law
Hospitality Human Resources Management
Business of Music and Media I
Business of Music and Media II
List C: Select a minimum of 6 units from the following courses:6
Computer Applications
Fundamentals of Computer Information Systems
Microsoft Word for Business
Microsoft Excel for Business
Microsoft Access for Business
Microsoft PowerPoint for Business
Google Apps for Business
E-Commerce and Web Presence
Microsoft Windows
Social Media for Business
Digital Imaging 1: Adobe Photoshop
Media Design 1: Production
Web Design 1: Fundamentals
Graphic Design 1: Principles
Animation and Interactivity
Video 1: Production
Web Design 2: Tools and Techniques
Digital Illustration 1: Adobe Illustrator
Digital Publishing: Adobe InDesign
List D: Select one course from the following courses:3-4
Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature
Critical Thinking, Composition, and Literature (Honors)
Critical Thinking and Composition
Critical Thinking and Composition (Honors)
Critical Thinking
Critical Reading and Thinking