Earn your B.A. in Business
](/academics/distance-learning-at-jsc/apply-online/) The distance-learning program in Business at JSC is both a professional training ground and an introduction to the world of finance and management. Students choose a concentration in either Accounting or Management and graduate with a B.A. in Business.
Whichever path you choose, this is a high-impact program where you’ll learn by doing. From internships with regional, national and international businesses and organizations to work conducting feasibility studies and marketing plans for local businesses, you’ll get real-world experience and make important connections throughout your education. As you progress toward your degree, you’ll hone practical and marketable skills that will get you the job or promotion once you graduate.
Accounting is the language of business, but business isn’t the only field where accountants are in demand these days. Nonprofit organizations, schools and hospitals, government agencies and grassroots enterprises all need accountants. That’s because the image of an accountant as a “bean counter” is rapidly fading. Instead, today’s accountant focuses on auditing controls — both preventive controls (designed to prevent errors or irregularities from happening) and forensic controls (designed to find errors or irregularities after they occur). They are trouble-shooters and puzzle-solvers with a knack for numbers and an eye for details.
If you’re someone who sees the big picture and realizes that many small steps, carefully executed, are required to reach a goal, a career in management may be a great fit. The Management concentration provides the skills and knowledge to run your own business, succeed in an organization of your choosing or pursue graduate study after earning your B.A. Through case studies and simulations, you’ll apply theory to actual business situations and develop skills in planning, organization, leadership, and human resources. Supported by a strong liberal arts curriculum, you’ll gain a solid foundation in communications, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and creativity—the basis for success in the dynamic world of business and management.
Our graduates have gone on to found and operate large and small businesses, both in Vermont and worldwide. They launch cutting-edge ventures, help existing companies grow and succeed, and manage complex organizations with global reach.