General Business

General Business

Program Description, Mission and Objectives
The mission of the Business Administration - General Business program is to prepare students for entry-level employment or advancement in the business field through a series of experiences provided in the fundamental accounting principles, business procedures and the use of microcomputers.  The General Business program awards the short certificate and Associate in Applied Science degree.  The General Business program is designed to teach, through a sequence of experiences, the skills necessary for a student to develop a broad perspective and knowledge regarding business operations and to be able to apply this knowledge in a practical manner.

Career Opportunities
Graduates of the General Business Program may become employed in any entry level general management area, entrepreneur, assistant administrator, assistant manager or customer service representative.

Skills Needed
Students are exposed to and develop skills related to principles of accounting, principles of management, business communications and microcomputer applications.

Expected Earnings/Salary
Earnings for General Business personnel as reported by the 2012-2013 Occupational Outlook Handbook for career options are included below.

Administrative Services Manager and other Management Occupations
  • The median annual earnings for Management Occupations are $93,910 per year.
  • The median annual earnings for administrative Services Managers are $81,080 per year.
  • The median annual earnings for all occupations in this area are $34,750.
  • The highest 10 percent earn more than $143,070 annually.
Additional information is available from the Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.

Types of Programs Offered

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Associates Degree
Short Term Certificate

Estimated Program Cost

Program Name

Type of Program

Number of Credit Hours

Estimated Tuition & Fees

Estimated Book Cost

Estimated Total Cost

General Business

Associate Degree

75

$10,425

$3,075

$13,500

General Business

Career Skills

29

$4,031

$600

$4,631


Estimates based on 2013-14 tuition and fees rate and is subject to change without notice.


Advisory Committee


Ms. Bonnie Banks
Interim Chair & Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting
Alabama A&M University

Mr. Ron Childress
Owner, Childress Accounting LLC

Ms. Linda Hemingway
Chair of Accounting & Associate Professor Athens State University

Ms. Beth B. Richardson
Market President-Madison, Progress Bank

Ms. Barbara Reeder
COO, DefTec Corporation

Dr. Ena Rose-Green
Associated Professor, Department of Accounting
University of Alabama in Huntsville

The varied levels of certification allow each student to customize the amount of training he/she desires based on individual career goals.  The basic Career Skills certificate may be utilized as a means for immediate entry into the workforce or serve as a starting point for the Career Entry Certificate.  In most cases, the credits received from one certificate level will transfer to a program of a higher level.

Drake State has established articulation agreements with Alabama A&M University, Athens State University and The University of Alabama in Huntsville to assist students who desire to pursue a baccalaureate degree upon completion of an Associate Degree in Applied Technology from Drake State. For more information call 256.551.3155.