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Fast-Track Business for Adults

The fast-track business option was designed with the adult student in mind and is offered at our Orland Park campus. The program assumes students will have already completed an associate's degree or its equivalent.

The program consists of 13 courses and leads to the bachelor of business administration degree.

Please take a look at the Fast-Track Program Sheet (PDF) for more information.

Two-Year Course Rotation

These course rotations provide an overview of the courses that are scheduled to be offered at the Orland Park campus during the terms indicated. View the courses that correspond to your years of interest:         

Features and Benefits

Program Overview

Business Prerequisites

ECON 200 Principles of Economics – Macro (3)
ECON 201 Principles of Economics – Micro (3)
ACCT 210 Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 211 Managerial Accounting (3)
ACCT 220/MGMT 223 Business Law I OR Legal Environment of Business (3)
MGMT 250 Computer Appl. Bus. (1)
MATH 132/MATH 135 Business Statistics OR Introduction to Statistics (3)

Business Core Requirements

FINC 300 Principles of Finance (3)
FOSEM 205/ ENGL 224 Business Communications OR Professional Writing and Communications (3)
MGMT 320 Operations Production and Technology Management (3)
MGMT 340 International Business (3)
MGMT 370 Organizational Behavior (3)
MGMT 380 Business Ethics and Society (3)
MGMT 390 Business Strategy (3)
MKTG 300 Principles of Marketing (3)


Take five out of these eight courses for 15 credits.

MGMT 360 Human Resource Management (3)
MKTG 311 Achieving Service Excellence (3)
MKTG 340 Consumer Behavior (3)
MKTG 350 Internet Marketing (3)
MKTG 360 Promotional Strategy (3)
MKTG 380 Marketing Strategy (3)
MGMT 362 Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)
MGMT 373 Training and Workplace Learning (3)

FINC 300: Principles of Finance (3)

This course is an introduction to corporate finance and the techniques used by financial managers. Topics include an overview of the financial environment, analysis of financial statements, consideration of risk and return on investment, the time value of money, valuation models of stocks and bonds, the cost of capital and capital budgeting, the capital structure and dividend policy of firms, and an overview of capital markets and the investment banking process. 

FOSEM 205: Business Communications (3)

The business community demands business communication to be clear, concise, courteous and correct. In addition, the ever-changing technological environment demands business executives to present information in a variety of electronic formats. This course examines the techniques for communicating effectively and efficiently in business situations. A project applying to the student’s current work situation is required.

ENGL 224: Professional Writing and Communications (3)

Principles of effective argument and exposition applied to writing about business and professional topics. Emphasis on the purpose, audience and design of letters, resumes, reports and other business and professional documents.

MGMT 320: Operations Production and Technology Management (3)

Operations Management is the study of the management of the direct resources required to produce the goods and/or services provided by an organization. The course focuses on competitiveness, with emphasis placed on the close coordination of business unit operational decision making and strategic planning. Topics covered include product/process design, aggregate planning, operations scheduling, inventory theory, and quality control and incorporates the use of quantitative techniques for operational decision making. Attention is given to the strategic uses of advanced manufacturing systems such as FMS, MRP and JIT. Comparisons of Western and Japanese management and manufacturing philosophies are also studied.

MGMT 340: International Business (3)

International Business is a survey course designed to provide a basic understanding of the various facets of international business. Starting with the concept of globalization and basic trade theories, the course will cover trade practices, the mechanics of the foreign exchange market, international finance and accounting, marketing cultural differences and management strategy under the international environment, organizational structure of multinational companies and other international institutions.

MGMT 370: Organizational Behavior (3)

The class material will include theory, research, and practical application of Organizational Behavior (OB) in organizations. OB is the study of how individuals, groups and workplace contexts impact behavior within an organization. The goal of OB is to understand, predict, and influence employee attitudes and behavior in order to improve organizational effectiveness. Topics include: personality differences, work motivation, leadership, influence processes and group dynamics.

MGMT 380: Business, Ethics and Society (3)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of the interrelationship and interaction of society, business and government at the national and international level. Students will learn to develop the ability to recognize the importance of ethics in business and society, what ramifications can occur and what solutions can be developed to resolve conflicts that arise. The class will focus on allowing students to develop and understanding of ethical concepts, philosophical principles, terms and processes relating to business. This course will help students develop the analytical, written and oral communication skills needed in business.

MGMT 390: Business Strategy (3)

This course is concerned with the development of skill in identifying and analyzing opportunities and solving problems in business situations. Students will be required to apply knowledge, techniques and skills learned in core business courses. Topics include evaluating environmental changes important to a particular business, business analysis, identifying and applying generic business strategies such as Porter's five forces.

MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing (3)

Marketing provides a basic foundation of marketing principles, introduces the students to a full understanding of marketing practices pertinent today and stresses the importance of traditional marketing issues. The course will provide practical, marketing application exercises through which students apply newly learned marketing concepts in realistic situations. Topics covered will include ethics, issues in the process of planning and executing the conception, pricing, promotion and distribution of ideas, goods and services.

MGMT 360: Human Resource Management (3)

Human Resource Management is the study of principles and methods of general personnel management. Topics include staffing, evaluation, training and development, as well as compensation within the framework of organizational, governmental and societal goals and restrictions.

MKTG 311: Achieving Service Excellence (3)

Achieving Service Excellence is designed to provide students with opportunity to integrate their acquired knowledge of the industry through experience and coursework with understanding of the service dilemma organizations face. Students will learn how managing operations, human resources, finance and technology along with controlling costs can impact the delivery of service excellence and organizational performance. Through the use of case studies, students will examine different strategies for delivering service. Topics covered include measures of success in service organizations, customer satisfaction, customer loyalty, talent management, employee empowerment and involvement, managing costs and resources, creating value, knowing the competition and technology.

MKTG 340: Consumer Behavior (3)

Consumer Behavior focuses on the most important asset of any business: the customer. The consumer and the specifics of how and why consumers behave as they do is the subject of the course. Knowledge of the buying process and the factors influencing behavior help design the best marketing strategy and the mix of product, price, promotion and physical distribution to satisfy the needs and wants of consumers.

MKTG 350: Internet Marketing (3)

The course will provide an overview of e-business strategies, electronic marketing strategies and the integration of Internet-based business and marketing communications strategies with traditional methods of going to market and communications with customers and suppliers. Further, we will review the evolving world of social media and consumer-created content.

MKTG 360: Promotional Strategy (3)

Promotional Strategy is the study of the strategy and management of promotion practices. Students will explore techniques for planning, implementing, controlling and evaluating advertising and sales promotion activities. Topics covered include analysis of social, economic and legal aspects of advertising, determination of promotional objectives, selection of campaign themes, media planning and testing, copy preparation and production. A promotional plan will be developed.

MKTG 380: Marketing Strategy (3)

Marketing Strategy is designed to help students understand and analyze the strategic planning process as it relates to marketing concepts and principles. Students will learn how to critically analyze the task of marketing under contemporary conditions within a firm, industry and society. Emphasis is placed on identifying and analyzing area of the marketing mix and how they relate to the strategic goal and objectives of an organization, identifying major marketing problems and evaluating marketing decisions/strategies as they relate to the strategic plan of an organization.

MGMT 362: Negotiations and Conflict Resolution (3)

This is an introductory course to the study of negotiation and conflict resolution. Some degree of conflict is inevitable in one's life and the ability to manage it is integral to one's effectiveness as a person and as a potential leader. On some level, much of all that individuals, groups and organizations do to be successful is negotiated, therefore, an understanding and practice of negotiation is an important prerequisite for each of us. This class is intended to be useful to all students, not just to those whose jobs require formal negotiations. In the course, students will gain insight into various approaches, the strengths and weakness associated with each, when to use which and those that work best for each person. The course draws heavily on simulations, case studies and class discussions.

MGMT 373: Training and Workplace Learning

Regardless of the industry, promoting and managing learning in an organization is a critical function. This course provides an introduction to adult learning, learning preferences, motivation, coaching, workplace instruction and organizational learning structures. Students will identify workplace learning needs and design appropriate training or other workplace learning opportunities. Group discussions will be used to relate learning theories to practical solutions. Group projects will be used to build students' skills in identifying needs, developing strategies and designing workplace learning opportunities, and evaluating outcomes.