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CWI laid the foundation to enable me to be successful in obtaining a four year degree. Sephora (Law) Lewis - AA Business, CWI 2012; BA Accounting, BA Business, Northwest Nazarene University 2014
I am so glad I chose to graduate from CWI in the business program before transferring to BSU for upper division classes. Wade Aldridge - AA Business, CWI 2013; BBA Accounting, Boise State University 2014
CWI put me ahead of the curve at U of I, and CWI's facilities and teachers were outstanding. Katreece Hattaway - AA Business, CWI 2014; BA Operations Management, University of Idaho 2016
At CWI, the business professors invest themselves into each of their student’s goals and advancement with personal guidance and open communication of options available to us. Magen D. Nielsen

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

  • Accounting
  • Attention to detail
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Problem framing and solving
  • Communication
  • Computation
  • Economic thinking
  • Legal concepts
  • Technology


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Additional Opportunities

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 Program Accreditation Status

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College of Western Idaho is accredited by ACBSP to offer the following degree:

Business - Associates of Arts Degree

ACBSP Self-Study (PDF)


Respectful Community

The College of Western Idaho is committed to maintaining a Respectful Community by providing equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate in services, benefits, or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability status, veteran status, age, or any other legally protected status.  More on Title IX

News and Blogs

Regional Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Conference

College of Western Idaho will co-host the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Region 7 Fall 2022 Conference, which invites faculty leaders from colleges around the western United States.

Bradley Wiskirchen

Join founding CEO and General Manager at Kount, Bradley Wiskirchen, as he shares his expertise on eCommerce and entrepreneurship April 26.

Lower Gear Cycles team accepting prize money on state at Idaho Entrepreneur Challenge

College of Western Idaho students joined students from across the state this spring to compete for more than $50,000 in prize money and services to advance their startups.

Assistant Professor of Business, Ryan Hanson, College of Western Idaho's Faculty of Distinction for February 2022

Congratulations to Assistant Professor of Business, Ryan Hanson, College of Western Idaho’s Faculty of Distinction for February 2022.

President Jones speaking to a group of students in a classroom

President Gordon Jones had the opportunity to speak to 80 students Wednesday, Feb. 9, as part of the Business department’s Local Speaker Series.

Brianna Daniels, winner of College of Western Idaho's 2022 Connections Project Logo Contest

Congratulations to Business major, Brianna Daniels, winner of College of Western Idaho’s 2022 Connections Project Logo Contest.