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Business Administration with a Specialization in Business Foundations

Arts and Sciences (AA&S) Degree

Code: 216-01

General Information

The specialization in Business Foundations is designed for students who plan to transfer to a four-year college of university and are interested in pursuing a NON-TRADITIONAL Business Transfer Degree, such as Business Communications. The program is also suitable for those who are not sure of what program they would like to complete at a four-year school, but know that a foundation of business courses will be required. Examples of such programs are Public Administration, International Business, or Agri-Business and also include those students interested in pursuing a Business Minor.

Curricular needs are not the same at every institution; the student should confirm with the college or university to which they plan to transfer to guarantee that they will receive credit for all courses taken at the four-year institution.

Students who complete the Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree are eligible to take advantage of the many Guaranteed Admissions Agreements that the Virginia Community College System has with a wide variety of four-year colleges and universities. Further, students who complete the AA&S Degree could be eligible for a State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Transfer Grant which would substantially reduce their financial burden when they transfer. Without the AA&S Degree, they would not be eligible for this special SCHEV financial assistance program.

Program Requirements

Business Administration with a Specialization Degree – Program Information Sheet


Classes are held on the main campus in Clifton Forge and a variety of other locations, including the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center (RRC) in Buena Vista. Facilities include classrooms, program-specific lab spaces, computer labs, offices and spaces used for student activities, student support services and a wide variety of resources to support student learning.

Formats for the delivery of many general classes include traditional lecture, compressed video, web-enhanced instruction, and independent study. For the successful completion of most courses, students are expected to attend classes, participate in labs and/or complete assignments that require additional study outside of scheduled class times. Some courses are available on an independent-study basis.

Some courses are offered every semester while others are only scheduled in the fall or spring semester or one of the college’s summer sessions. It is important to discuss academic and career plans with an academic advisor who can assist in the development of a pathway that meets each student’s needs and addresses the scheduling of courses by the college. This will assist the student in achieving their goal of completing all requirements for graduation.

Tools, Equipment and Supplies

No special tools or equipment are required for this program. Some instructors use technology to minimize the use of paper. If a student wishes to produce hard copies of documents (possible hand-outs or extra notes not provided by the instructor, then he/she will need to include the cost of purchasing paper and printing copies as part of his/her budget.

Most students purchase items routinely used for class, such as pens, pencils notebooks, calculators, etc. which may be purchased through the DSLCC Bookstore or another location.

Students are not required to purchase a computer, but most instructors will assign work for students to complete that requires the use of a personal desktop or laptop computer with internet access. It is very likely that some assignments will be made requiring students to work outside of regularly scheduled class times. Students may use computer labs on the main campus and at the DSLCC Rockbridge Regional Center during regular business hours; however, due to some deadlines and personal schedules, students should expect situations in which they must complete work and/or submit assignments on their own time outside of college hours and should plan accordingly.


Please contact the following for additional resource information:

Ralph Sass


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