Why You Should Get Your Associate Degree in Business

Have you ever dreamed of becoming an entrepreneur? Are you passionate about supporting local businesses that make a difference in the world? Then you probably already know that a strong foundation in business education is the first step on the path to your dreams. This doesn’t mean that you should already know every detail of your business aspirations, but you have to start somewhere.

You’ll never learn that you’re a wizard in business accounting unless you give it a try. And you won’t know you’re great at developing a digital marketing strategy if you never get the chance to do so.

That’s why the Associate Degree in Business Administration for Transfer (AS-T) at San José City College is a great opportunity for anyone who’s interested in business. Our forward-thinking programs give you a strong foundation while allowing you to discover your strengths. Here’s why you won’t want to miss out on this opportunity.

“I appreciate San José City College so much because the college offered me more chances to figure out my pathway and pattern in career and major!”

Chau Nguyen, AS-T in Business Administration, 2020

What is Business Administration?

First, let’s get the basics out of the way. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, business administration is “a program of studies in a college or university providing general knowledge of business principles and practices.” 

Essentially, it’s the way we refer to the study of business. Other disciplines use words like studies (i.e. environmental studies) or science (i.e. political science), but business uses administration.

To be clear, administration does just mean traditional administrative duties within business. While management is a huge part of it, there are many other dimensions to business.

More straight forward, and again according to Merriam Webster — the word business is primarily defined as “a usually commercial or mercantile activity engaged in as a means of livelihood” or “dealings or transactions especially of an economic nature.”

What is a Business Administration Degree?

Now that you know what it means, you might be wondering how your education goals fit under such a broad subject. But that’s the great thing about business.

If you choose this degree, you’ll study a wide variety of areas. These include: business management, human resources, finance, marketing, economics, risk assessment, accounting, and so much more.

So no matter how niche or broad you go, you’ll need a solid base in things like business principles, language, and standards. And after you’ve tackled the fundamentals, a business degree gives you the flexibility and opportunity to decide your own path.

Whether you’d like to focus on courses in business law or international digital marketing — the choice is yours. This versatility is just one of the many reasons that you should choose to pursue a degree in business administration, but there are so many more.

San José City College commencement ceremony in 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Many students transfer to a 4-year university after completing their associate degree.
San José City College commencement ceremony in 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Many students transfer to a 4-year university after completing their associate degree.

5 Reasons You Should Choose a Business Administration Degree

The possibilities are endless when you study business administration. And what’s even better? The fundamental business education you’ll get provides you with useful skills that benefit both your personal and professional life. These are just some of the many ways you’ll grow with a business degree.

You’ll Improve Your Communication Skills

Since most businesses require at least more than one person to function, strong communication skills are essential for every business person. You’ll learn how to work on a team and get your point across efficiently. 

You’ll Learn How to Be an Effective Leader

While this one goes hand in hand with communication, it’s important enough to stand on its own. Working on a team is not the same as leading one. It’s not easy, but the communication skills, management tactics, and general experience you gain with a business degree will prepare you to confidently take on leadership roles.

You’ll Have Endless Career Options

Are you noticing a theme? Studying business opens lots of doors and pathways to success. Some of the best jobs for business majors are: social media manager, financial analyst, corporate attorney, and healthcare administrator. Whatever your talents are, you can channel them into a thriving business career in the industry of your choice.

You Can Always Challenge Yourself to Grow

A business career is not a stagnant one. Since there are so many exciting and demanding roles to fill, you’ll have the potential to evolve in any direction you choose.

You’ll Have High Earning Potential

This should come as no surprise since there are so many options and so much potential for growth. And you’ll drastically increase your salary potential if you pursue further education and receive your Bachelor’s Degree or even a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

According to the U.S. News & World Report and Best Colleges, some of the best and highest-paying business jobs are financial manager, business operation’s manager, entrepreneur, and chief executive officer. Most of these careers earn above six figures.

“What I loved about this program was that the students, instructors, and staff of the school are very helpful. Also, they push you to where you wanna go.”

Paul Cerezeo, AS-T in Business Administration, 2020

SJCC Offers Exceptional Business Education and a Bright Future

The Business programs at San José City College are designed to help our students reach their fullest potential and unleash a bright future. It serves as a first step on their path to success.

Long-time faculty member Jesse Votaw said, “The Business program offers a very broad foundation. And a solid business education gives students a broad range of transferable skills that will enable them to seek many different types of positions in the industry of their choice.”

Every student needs a solid foundation, so it’s of the utmost importance in all our programs. But the business courses at SJCC go a step further. “We challenge our students to look at the meaning of business in our world today. Business is not just about profits.” Said Votaw. Students will also learn to think critically in business so that they can make a positive impact in all their endeavors.

 Now let’s break down everything you need to know about our AS-T in Business Administration, and the top-notch education that SJCC can provide you with.

SJCC’s AS-T in Business Administration is a Degree with a Guarantee

The business department at SJCC has some of the most extensive offerings on campus, but the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is a popular choice because of the security it provides students.

When you complete an AS-T in Business Administration, you have already fulfilled the transfer requirements for California State University (CSU) Business programs, and are guaranteed admission to some of these CSUs when you maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher.

As a Bay Area Community College, SJCC Values Technology

San José City College is at the heart of the Silicon Valley, so it has a reputation for providing its students with some of the most cutting-edge tools and resources.

Even though business isn’t a STEM discipline, SJCC business students reap the benefits of a technologically advanced curriculum and resources. “We have various technology offerings to supplement our business education. Because technology is such a critical and important element in today’s world.” Votow said.

Business Students Say SJCC Transforms Their Goals into Reality

When you speak with students who graduate from SJCC with an AS-T Degree in Business Administration, you notice a trend. Because SJCC offers students a bright future that they may not have been able to imagine before.

Former student and business graduate Chau Nguyen said, “I appreciate San José City College so much because the college offered me more chances to figure out my pathway and pattern in career and major!” 

“What I loved about this program was that the students, instructors, and staff of the school are very helpful. Also, they push you to where you wanna go, said business graduate Paul Cerezo.

Every SJCC student you encounter will tell you the same thing.  SJCC’s supportive community gave them the tools and confidence to achieve and surpass their goals.

SJCC is Your Bay Area Community College for Business!

An ambitious curriculum, cutting edge technology, and attentive faculty and instructors make SJCC the perfect business school. (And the fact that it’s at the heart of one of the most important economies in the world doesn’t hurt.)

The business program and the entire SJCC community will always support you so that you can reach your fullest potential. So check out our AS-T in Business Administration today! Or explore alternative degrees like accounting and mathematics.