The associate degree in Business Administration (A.A.) requires the completion of 60 credits. Refer to course descriptions for information on pre-requisites and/or co-requisites.

College Requirements

  • Two (2) Writing Intensive courses
  • A minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA

CUNY Common Core Requirements (30 cr.)

  • BIOL 122: Introduction to Biology (3 cr.)
  • CHEM 110+: Introduction to Chemistry (3 cr.) or SOCI 231+: Introduction to Urban Community Health (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 103: Composition I (3 cr.)
  • ENGL 203^: Composition II (3 cr.)
  • LASC 101: City Seminar I (3 cr.)
  • LASC 102: City Seminar II (3 cr.)
  • LASC 200: The Arts in New York City (3 cr.)
  • MATH 103: Statistics (3 cr.) or MATH 103A (1.5 cr.) and MATH 103B (1.5 cr.)
  • SOSC 111: Ethnographies of Work I (3 cr.)
  • SOSC 113: Ethnographies of Work II (3 cr.)

Business Administration Course Requirements (24-30 cr.):

  • ACCT 121: Principles of Accounting I (3 cr.)
  • ACCT 223: Principles of Accounting II (3 cr.)
  • BUSI 102: Introduction to Business (3 cr.)
  • BUSI 201*: Business Law and Ethics (3 cr.)
  • ECON 201*: Macroeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON 203*: Microeconomics (3 cr.)
  • ECON 204^: Contemporary Economic Issues (3 cr.)
  • INFT 203*: Introduction to Management Information Systems (3 cr.)
  • MATH 120+: College Algebra & Trigonometry (3 cr.)
  • MATH 201+: Precalculus (3 cr.)

^Writing Intensive Course
*CUNY Gateway Courses for Business Majors
+If you have not completed College Algebra (or the equivalent) prior to entering Guttman Community College, you must take MATH 120. If you have not completed Precalculus (or the equivalent) prior to entering Guttman Community College, you must also take MATH 201. If you enter Guttman Community College with exemptions from one or both Mathematics requirements, you may take one (1) to two (2) electives as sufficient to meet the required total of 60 credits for the degree.

Featured Course

ECON 204 (Credits: 3, Hours: 3)
Contemporary Economic Issues

This course examines the operations of businesses and organizations in New York, the United States, and globally, focusing on the influence of inequality and racism on how and with whom an organization does business, as well as developments in fiscal policy, corporate social responsibility, and other decisive issues. Students apply course concepts and critical thinking skills to case studies drawn from economic blogs, social media, and periodicals. Class discussions include root causes of financial problems, their repercussions, and potential solutions. In addition to integrating and applying knowledge from the First Year Experience and prior Business Administration courses, students reflect on their academic trajectories and career plans.

One recent iteration of this course concentrated on international trade with China and was integrated with the Global Guttman – China opportunity. Students gained an understanding of China’s evolution from a centrally planned to a market economy and of the relationship between China and the United States. Assignments consisted of an analytical comparison between a publicly traded Chinese company and a US firm in the same sector; an individual presentation on a current economic issue’s effects on both countries; and an account of the successes and failures of US companies in China in the context of China’s momentous economic and social changes.

Another course section linked the content to a 100-hour, semester-long internship in Business Administration. In the signature assignment, students used a cost-benefit framework to assess the impact of selected course topics on the business where they interned and its customers. Students also evaluated the extent to which their internship site acted in ethical and socially responsible ways, providing recommendations for improvement based on the best practices learned in the course.

Catalog Description

ECON 204 (Credits: 3, Hours: 3)
Contemporary Economic Issues

This course focuses on applying critical thinking skills to important economic issues. We will analyze issues from a cross section of society, attempting to fully understand the underlying causes. Case studies will be supplied by the instructor; specific issues will be drawn from articles in newspapers and periodicals. Discussion will include the repercussions from these issues, as well as the development of possible solutions. There will be a focus on how the issues studied relate to the economy and business environment of New York City.

Pre-requisites: ENGL 203; Completion of 45 degree credits