Business Liberal Arts Transfer Major

Students will take about half of the business core needed for a four-year degree, depending on their individual situation and incoming coursework. Students will learn about accounting, economics, management information systems, quantitative analysis, and potentially marketing. Upon completion, these courses transfer directly to a four-year university.

At the community college level, and specifically here at Hawkeye Community College, we have the advantage of being able to offer more assistance to our students as our focus is not on research and publications as it is at the university level. Our instructors are generally more available during office hours and outside of them. We also have a dedicated peer tutoring lab with our top-vetted students. One-on-one zoom tutoring is also always an option.

And finally, community college instructors have a greater amount of real industry experience which is incorporated into your coursework. That vocational experience and continued professional development by our faculty ensures that your learning is lining up well with industry expectations. Our primary goal is to prepare you as well as we can for your future career and employers!

Why Choose a Business Career?

Unless your career goals are specialized, such as health, law, electrician, plumber, etc., a business education suits most people. Most people will either work for a business or start one. Students will learn better professional problem solving, communication, and teamwork skills.

Transfer Information

Our student services area ensures that you are taking the correct courses for a seamless transfer to your ultimate four-year destination. We work with the three Regent universities within the state of Iowa, namely: University of Northern Iowa, University of Iowa, and Iowa State University. Each has slightly different preparation needs. We also work with private colleges, such as Upper Iowa, in making that transition smooth.

Leadership and Growth Opportunities

  • Business Professionals of America (BPA) is a nationally recognized professional entity that students can join for leadership, competitions, and overall better soft people skills.

  • Student Leadership Counsel represents and promotes the common interests and general welfare of the student body.

  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (PTK) is recognized as the official honor society for community colleges by the American Association of Community Colleges. There is a 12-credit minimum, within a program, and a GPA of 3.25 or higher. Students also qualify for $500 per semester scholarships from many of our regent universities within Iowa. There is an extensive scholarship database, available only to members.

  • Top students can potentially become paid Peer Tutors. They tutor students in one or several courses experiencing immense personal growth as a result!

  • Top students with GPA’s of 3.50 or higher, also qualify for $500 per semester scholarships from many of our regent universities within Iowa.

Planning Your Class Schedule

Students should consult with an advisor in Student Services to select courses, make a transfer plan, and periodically review their progress towards their degree completion.

Students are also encouraged to contact the admissions office at the college to which they plan to transfer during their first year at Hawkeye in order to obtain specific program and transfer requirements.

Not all courses may be required for transfer to your future major.

Award: Associate of Arts (AA)
Credits: 64

Courses and course cost calculations are subject to change.

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Business Transfer Courses
ACC-131 Principles of Accounting I O E 4 $840.00
ACC-132 Principles of Accounting II O E 4 $840.00
BUS-183 Business Law O E 3 $630.00
BUS-210 Business Statistics -OR- E 3 $630.00
BUS-230 Quantitative Methods for Business Decision Making E 3 $630.00
CSC-116 Information Computing 3 $630.00
ECN-120 Principles of Macroeconomics O E 3 $630.00
ECN-130 Principles of Microeconomics O E 3 $630.00
MAT-156 Statistics O E 3 $630.00
Total Credits 26

Remaining Liberal Arts Coursework
I. Natural Science and Mathematics
A. Biological Sciences
B. Physical Sciences
II. Humanities 9
III. Social Sciences 9
IV. Communications 9
V. Social Diversity 3
VII. Elective Courses
A. Required Elective Course
Total Credits 38

Course Cost Calculation

Resident tuition and fees x course credits + course fee if applicable.

Course calculations are based on 2022–2023 tuition and fees and course fees.

The course cost calculation does not include:

Admissions Requirements

Faculty Spotlight

Todd Stabenow, MBA

I've worked in analyst roles at Fortune 500 corporations, including EDS/GM in Flint, MI, Principal Financial in Waterloo, and CUNA Mutual in Waverly. That allowed me to be better for my students and really match up the real-world skills, wants, and needs.

My teaching philosophy is to provide a successful learning structure that allows students to learn the vocational skills to be prepared for business. It has to support and align with what the current workplace environment dictates.

“Dig in, try your best, and make improvements!”

“There’s something for everyone in business, really!"

Contact Information

Academic/College Success Advisor

Kari Kaufman
Student Services
Hawkeye Center 208
Email Kari Kaufman
Schedule an appointment with Kari Kaufman

Faculty Mentor

Todd Stabenow
Black Hawk Hall 208
319-296-2329 ext.1375
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Business and IT

Robin Galloway
Tama Hall 110A
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