Business Questions

Harrison College offers Business Bachelor of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees, and you can focus on specific areas in business, such as:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality management
  • Finance and accounting

We want to ensure you make the best decision for your education, so below, we have compiled a list of frequently asked questions to help you answer your business questions. In the event that you do not find the answers you are looking for, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives.

If you think you are ready to apply to Harrison, visit our apply page.

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Nick, Student

How can Harrison prepare me for the business world?

Courses, quizzes and exams do help you gain knowledge about specific areas of business, but at Harrison, you will also learn how to present yourself in a business environment. 

Pursuing a career in business means you are probably interested in a number of titles: entrepreneur, accountant or marketer, to name a few. A business degree from Harrison, whether earned on campus or online, can prepare you for success in the business world because you will be taught skills, such as:

  • How to apply business theory to real-life business environments
  • How to use data to analyze and solve complex problems
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving related to business and communication
  • Professional ethics
  • How to lead and how to cooperate with a team

With Harrison’s experienced and supportive faculty, you will be taught firsthand how to succeed in your future business career.

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How does a career in business differ from my current job?

Every job demands a certain level of professionalism, but a business position requires you to talk the talk and walk the walk.

A career in business could involve a variety of tasks—dealing with clients and customers, public speaking, being in charge of finances, selling products or services and more. Because some business professionals have major responsibilities within a company, it is important that they have good judgment, resilience and the ability to handle stress well.

Some experiences you gain from a minimum wage or part-time job can transfer to a business role, but you will need the skills taught in college to handle certain challenges and a degree to give you a competitive advantage in your field. 

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What business programs does Harrison offer?

If you have a knack for managing finances, planning projects or making sales, a business profession could be perfect for you. Harrison offers a large selection of business programs in associate and bachelor’s degrees as well as a few certificate options. Most degrees are available both on-campus and online, so you can choose the type of education that works best for you.

Depending on your interests, you can focus on areas, such as:

  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Hospitality management
  • Finance and accounting
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What are some associate degree options that Harrison offers?

An associate degree in business covers the fundamentals of a job and prepares you for a starting role in your desired field. Associate degrees are offered in the following subjects:

  • Accounting
  • Management

Not all business program courses revolve around economics and presentation skills (although those are covered, too). For instance, the Accounting Associate of Applied Science Degree program focuses heavily on finance and math courses. Management covers subjects from many other areas of business, including management techniques.

Associate degrees require students to pass at least 96 credit hours of class in order to graduate.

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What are some bachelor’s degree options that Harrison offers?

Bachelor’s degrees expand on what is taught in the associate programs and help you develop skills that allow you to move up in your profession. You can earn a bachelor’s degree in these programs:

  • Accounting
  • Management
  • Hospitality management

Bachelor’s courses focus on training students for leadership roles, so most classes are management-related. They also teach advanced business subjects, such as ethics, psychology and international business practices. The Hospitality Management Bachelor’s Degree program specifically covers current trends in the restaurant and hotel industries, how other industries affect hospitality and quality management techniques.

With a business degree, you have the opportunity to work in a variety of environments—including government agencies, financial institutions, advertising agencies, schools and consulting practices. With the right degree and training, you may even be able to start your own business someday!

Bachelor’s degrees require students to pass at least 180 credit hours of class in order to graduate.

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How can I earn my business degree online?

If you are interested in starting a business career but cannot leave your current job or sacrifice time away from other responsibilities, earning a business degree online could be a great opportunity for you.

Harrison’s online classes allow you to continue working full-time while earning your degree. All of our Business programs are available online, and we have a variety of both associate and bachelor’s programs. No matter what your career goals are, we have a degree that can help you get there. 

You can review each program in detail and look at specific courses by visiting the School of Business page.

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What are some business career options?

Those with a business degree can work in a number of fields, not just ones that involve a corporate setting. Many areas are covered in our business courses, such as:

  • Marketing
  • Accounting
  • Project management
  • Office skills
  • Ethics
  • Law  

Students may be able to obtain jobs in the following fields:

  • Government agencies
  • Schools
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Financial institutions
  • Marketing agencies
  • And more!
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How hard is it to get an online Business degree?

Harrison’s online Business degree programs, including both associate and bachelor’s degree options, are designed to provide a thorough background in business, with a strong focus on principles of management and project evaluation. As with all associate degrees, a total of 96 credit hours are required for graduation from the associate program; the bachelor's degree requires the completion of 180 credit hours. All classes and course work can be completed entirely online. 

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How challenging are the Business program classes?

Harrison’s accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation requires that the course work meet certain standards. ACICS mentions, “Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality.” The classes are designed to provide students with a solid business background in order to provide the basis for a defined career path.

Ultimately, though, students may end up making classes easier or more challenging for themselves depending on how much they study and keep up with course work.

Visit the ACICS website to learn more about accreditation standards and processes.

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What help is available if I need it?

Whether your study skills are rusty or you just need a different frame of reference in order to grasp a concept, Harrison offers many sources of both informal and formal course work assistance. Your course instructor and classmates are often a good resource for feedback and tips. If you find that you need a greater degree of assistance, regular tutoring services are available by appointment. 

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How much time does each class require?

You should estimate that each class can require four to 15 hours of commitment per week. It is always a good idea to keep up with your work and submit assignments on time. This should allow you to stay on top of current and even future assignments or exams. Just as it is with the initiation of any new habit, you will come to identify and eliminate time-wasting activities in order to make room for your new commitment.

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How will a degree in business help my career?

An associate or bachelor’s degree can help your business career both professionally and personally. The business courses taught at Harrison help prepare you for various responsibilities in a professional work environment—such as giving presentations, holding meetings and speaking with clients. Because you will be equipped to handle situations like these, you will have the confidence to grow and be successful in your career. 

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How much more money can I earn with a degree in business?

If you are curious about what your salary might be post-graduation, you should consider the wide range of possibilities that come with a degree in business. For instance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics contains median incomes of people with jobs in many forms of management within the business field.

Overall, a college degree will likely enhance your earning potential in both the short and long term much more than someone with only a high school diploma. 

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What benefits does Harrison offer for degree-seeking students?

In addition to the significant income differential and quality of life benefits that all college graduates enjoy, Harrison offers additional benefits to save expenses and improve your life now through such programs as:

  • The Tuition Freeze Program
  • Online-only degrees that save you commuting time and fuel expenses
  • Flexible online logins that allow you to maintain both quality family time and your necessary study time
  • Programs to address personal issues and crises to prevent these issues from temporarily or permanently interrupting your studies 
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