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If you are pursuing a career in business, the Business major at CWI is a great starting point. At CWI, you can earn an Associate of Arts degree and meet general education requirements to transfer to any Idaho public university. The program is designed to introduce you to the core business courses and provide skills in accounting, business decision-making, software, and communication.
The Business program develops 21st century business professionals that are adaptable, ethical problem solvers who utilize networking and collaboration to achieve their career and business goals.
Why This Program
Business majors are in demand. At CWI, students learn how to think, adapt, and do the things that will prepare them for business or completing a four-year business degree. Network and complete projects with real businesses while in class. Our students that transfer have historically been very successful in completing a four-year degree and acquiring leadership roles within their program.
What You Will Learn to Do
- Attention to detail
- Critical thinking and analysis
- Problem framing and solving
- Economic thinking
- Legal concepts
Business Program Objectives
- Provide opportunities for experience in collaboration and networking within CWI and the local community to succeed in business.
- Develop a framework for understanding the dynamic business environment which requires adaptability and the need to constantly update skills.
- Learn fundamental business skills.
- Establish ethical frameworks for problem solving and best practices for behavior.
Statement of Accreditation Status
The Business Program at College of Western Idaho is currently a member of the Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs (ACBSP) and is currently in candidacy status. A self-study was completed in December 2017. The following document is the self-study report for the 2016-2017 academic year.
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Requirements and Costs
Degrees and Certificates
Business - Associate of Arts Degree
*See the Course Delivery Styles page for details about class options
Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management - Academic Certificate
Accounting and Tax - Academic Certificate
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Important Dates for Credit Programs
|Spring 2022||Summer 2022||Fall 2022|
|Priority Registration Begins1||November 8||n/a||April 11|
|Open Registration Begins||November 15||February 28||April 18|
|Financial Aid Priority Deadline||December 18||May 14||July 30|
|Admission Deadline2||January 8||May 28||August 13|
|Last Day to Register for Classes||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Tuition and Fees Due||January 14||June 3||August 19|
|Classes Begin3||January 18||June 6||August 22|
|1 Priority registration is limited to continuing students. Students are assigned a registration time based upon their cumulative credits earned. Students should check myCWI and their CWI email to learn their assigned registration time. Students may register online anytime on or after their assigned registration time.|
|2 The admission deadline for international students is earlier than the deadline for non-international students and is only available during the fall and spring semesters. Please consult the Academic Calendar for the international student admission deadlines for the fall and spring semesters.|
|3 Some classes begin before or after this date. Please refer to the Registration and Refund Deadlines by Class Section Dates (located beneath each semester) of the Academic Calendar for more information.|
Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. CWI offers advising assistance to help in deciding which courses you need to take to reach your education and career goals. Visit Advising or contact One Stop Student Services for more information.
- Students are encouraged to take mathematics each semester until they complete Brief Calculus (MATH 160)
- Students should complete Business Software Applications (BUSA 120 [previously BUSA 215]) instead of ITAM 101 (previously CISA 101). This course should be taken prior to Business Statistics for Decision-Making 1 (BUSA 207).
Connecting With Ideas
Connecting With Ideas (CWI 101) is the first semester student success course designed to help CWI students become engaged members of the academic community and cultivate habits for lifelong achievement and success. Each semester, students can select from a variety of themes. More information about next semesters CWI 101 themes
Look beyond your degree at CWI and plan for continuing your education by working closely with CWI advising and representatives of your intended transfer school. Planning before you transfer can save you time and money. Visit Transfer Information for more information or contact One Stop Student Services.
Faculty in the Business Program work closely with the following four-year schools to assist students with transfer:
- Boise State University
- Lewis and Clark State College
- University of Idaho
- Idaho State University
- Northwest Nazarene University
- Brigham Young University – Idaho
Financial Aid Available
Did you know that as a student in this program you may be eligible for financial aid? Through grants, scholarships, and loans, more than 60 percent of first-time, full-time CWI students receive some form of financial assistance. To learn more about financial aid options and whether you may be eligible, visit Financial Aid.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition for a full-time CWI student averages half the cost of a state university and a third of the cost of a private college. Tuition and fees vary based on program and residence. Visit Tuition and Fees for more information.
While an Associate of Arts in Business may improve the career prospects of job candidates in some fields, the current job market places a premium on four-year degrees from accredited business colleges and universities. The College of Western Idaho has agreements in place with many of Idaho's universities to help students transfer credits and complete four-year degrees.
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