Program Information

Houghton College Adult Education offers you the opportunity to complete your Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Business Administration degree in a little as 18 months.  As a student, you can choose between enrolling full-time, taking 2 courses at a time in 8 week sessions, or part-time, taking just one class each 8 week session.

 You won’t encounter any tests in our program – our professors will challenge you to apply the material you are learning in class instead of just memorizing definitions and facts. Our program provides the perfect setting for completing a degree that is designed to help you advance professionally and personally while respecting the commitments you already have.

Majors

  • Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Human Resources Management
  • Integrated Marketing and Communication

All of our majors draw heavily from the fields of business, communication, psychology, sociology, philosophy and ethics and incorporate both classroom and online delivery methods. The course work is completed in three terms, the first two taken in the classroom and the third completed online.

Management

  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
  • B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration)

37 credits

The management major provides the background and expertise needed for supervisory and administrative roles in a wide variety of organizations, from manufacturing, to human services and healthcare to banking.

Major specific courses (online):

  • AC 400 Accounting and Finance for the Non-Financial Manager
  • BU 410 Human Resources Management
  • PY 310 Conflict Management
  • BU 325 Project Management

Leadership Development

  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
  • B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration)

40 credits

The leadership development major is an intentional and creative blend of theory and evaluation of application. Students will acquire and practice supervision and leadership skills, including effective communication, critical thinking, collaborative team building and complex leadership problem-solving skills, all of which can be immediately applied in all sizes and types of organizations.

Major specific courses (online):

  • BU 320 Leadership Development
  • CM210 Interpersonal Communication
  • PY 215 Social Psychology
  • PY 310 Conflict Management
  • BU 330 Leading Change

Human Resources Management

  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
  • B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration)

40 credits

The human resources management major equips students to handle a company’s most precious resource – its people. Students will learn about the ethical, legal, and social factors that shape today’s workforce. Courses will cover a variety of subjects, from recruitment and training to labor laws, compensation, and benefits.

Major specific courses (online):

  • BU 410 Human Resources Management
  • BU 310 Employment Law
  • BU 415 Staffing and Performance Management
  • BU 420 Employee Training and Development
  • BU 425 Managing Total Rewards: Compensation and Benefits

Integrated Marketing and Communication

  • B.S. (Bachelor of Science)
  • B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration)

37 credits

The integrated marketing and communication major will develop a defined competence in the communication components of marketing, including advertising, public relations, marketing events, and electronic initiatives. The focus is to enable students to assume a role in a marketing or promotions department with the ability to understand, manage, and implement an expected set of professional tasks.

Major specific courses (online):

  • CM 331 Marketing Principles
  • CM 342 Advertising Principles
  • CM 356 Marketing Research
  • CM 430 Integrated Marketing and Communication

Program Summary

Degree credits: total 124 credits
Within major:  37-40 credits depending on major
Electives: 48-51 depending on major
General Education: 36 credits
Max transfer: 84 or 87 depending on major 

Courses common across all majors:

  • PY 300 Adult Development
  • ID 200 Student Sucess Seminar (1 credit)
  • BU 300 Business Writing
  • BU 315 Work Team Dynamics
  • BU 400 Fundamentals of Management 
  • ST 400 Quantitative Decision Making
  • SO 400 Diversity in the Workplace
  • PH 400 Personal and Professional Ethics
  • BU 430 Organizational Development

Questions? Contact an Admissions Counselor to learn more!
Sarah Louzon
844.HC.CLICK or 716.241.9661
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