1401 Charlestown Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
800.432.8322 | 610.935.0450
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The program in Business Administration is designed to offer professional preparation in a Christian environment. It develops caring and capable business leaders for careers in business administration or continuation into graduate business programs.
Preparation includes knowledge of business practices, problem-solving abilities, ethical values, and applied service-learning experiences. It encourages broad examination of economic, social, practical, and political issues that impact the business environment.
For students seeking to pursue graduate education, most graduate programs require a minimum GPA of 3.0 for entrance.
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A practical introduction to the study of the Bible. The course provides an overview of fundamental issues of interpretation, inspiration, manuscripts, and translation. Emphasis is on basic approaches to Bible study and appropriate use of biblical reference tools. Only required for non-ministry majors.
A study of the major biblical and theological themes of both testaments. Emphasis on discovering the flow of ideas that bind the different books of the Bible into a unified whole. Prerequisite: OLT 123, NWT 113.
A basic course in public speaking designed to provide both theory and practice in principles of effective speech composition and communication.
This course stresses the writing process and introduces the skills necessary to conduct college-level research. Emphasis is placed on argumentative and analytical writing supported by research. A passing grade of C- or higher is required.
A survey of world civilization from the beginning of civilization to the Renaissance. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.
A survey of world civilization from the Enlightenment to the present. Special attention is given to major events, individuals, and the cultural contributions of each civilization.
A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from Colonization to Reconstruction. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as the coming of the Europeans, Puritanism, religious freedom, the Revolution, slavery, immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.
A survey of the major events and individuals in United States history from just after Reconstruction to the present. Critically examines various topics of interpretive interest in American history such as immigration, industrialization, urbanization, the rise of Big Business, imperialism, the New Deal, the Cold War, Vietnam, the civil rights movement, etc. No prerequisites required.
A panoramic view of the chief events, prominent characters, main themes and salient teachings of each New Testament book in relation to its historical, geographical and cultural contexts.
A study of the historical settings, literary features, authorship, theological teachings, and general content of the books of the Hebrew Bible. This survey provides a factual and practical groundwork for further studies in the Old Testament.
This course is an overview of personal health and stress management strategies for identifying and preventing health problems. Successful exercise, wellness, and nutrition programs are introduced. May be taken one time only. This course is required of all students.
This course will examine and apply principles involved in the development of a worldview. The course will emphasize the development and application of a Christian worldview. Special emphasis will be given to critical, creative, and Christian thinking skills.
This course explores the roots of the American form of government, its structures, its institutions, and the political process.
An introduction to the basic concepts of human behavior, motivation, emotion and personality, and a survey of the contemporary psychological field.
A practical study of the classic spiritual disciplines that are essential to lifelong spiritual formation from a Pentecostal perspective. The course will emphasize intentional and holistic applications in daily living.
A study of Assemblies of God antecedents, history, government, doctrinal emphases, distinctives, and missions.
An introduction to functions of business, including business organization and accounting, management of financial resources, management of human resources, marketing of goods and services, and principles of economic decision making. Open to all students.
Humans are moral beings facing a variety of moral decisions on a daily basis. This course examines the subject of ethical dilemmas and decisions in the business environment from both a secular perspective and a Judeo-Christian ethics paradigm. This course will sensitize students to ethical business dilemmas and provide a technique for analyzing them. Students will try to answer the questions: can businesses compete if required to function ethically; and does this require moral prerequisites to be able to do so? Students will read essays on questions in business ethics and will also read cases that are examples of ethical dilemmas. Students will be able to compare and contrast various types of ethical standards, with an emphasis on a Christian worldview.
Prerequisites: BUS 200, BUS 313.
This course is an introduction to the terminology, concepts, problem solving, and techniques in accounting and finance specific to new ventures. Important areas to be discussed include understanding financial statements, basic analysis of financial statements, budgeting, working capital management, capital budgeting, long-term debt, equity funding, working capital management, small business accounting and tax accounting. Prerequisite: MTH 213, CMS 283, BUS 200
An overview of the organization of American economic systems. Introduces basic terminology, concepts, and issues. Examines economic variables such as consumption, government expenditures, taxes, investments, issues of unemployment, inflation, deficits, economic law, and monetary policies.
A study of modern management theory. Overall focus on managerial functions such as planning, organizing, leading, controlling and decision making in both the nonprofit and profit sectors. The fundamentals of the management of organizational structure, culture, goals, motivation, teams, human resources, operations, change and the integration of technology.
Marketing and public relations in profit and nonprofit organizations. Introduces basic theory, terminology, and major components of marketing and public relations. Reviews practices of current organizations.
This course to be taken in the Junior year is a self-guided research project. The student will choose a subject to research within the framework of their concentration industry with the professor’s approval. The course integrates research, documentation and experience in the chosen project/concentration, in preparation for their new venture launch after graduation. The course requires field observation of businesses/organizations relevant to the student’s concentration industry, and culminates with a presentation/defense/critique.
Review of the history and philosophy of legal issues governing business law. Covers federal, state, and local laws, regulatory systems, constitutional issues, and the impact of legal structures on profit and nonprofit business practices.
Principles and practices in supervising employees and administering personnel programs with insight into the evolving role of strategic Human Resource Management in today’s organizations, the strategic role of human resource functions, and the impact of technology and global competition.
This course is designed to enhance academic learning with practical, hands-on experience. For a minimum of 2 credit hours (maximum of 4 credit hours), students will work side-by-side with a business organization in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, or Human Resource Management. Each credit hour is equivalent to 75 hours of actual work experience. Work content must be approved by the Business Department.
Prerequisite: Senior standing or Business faculty approval
An advanced course designed to expose the student to specific topics in the development of a new venture (small business, family business, new venture within a larger company). Functions such as planning, starting, owning, organizing, financing, promoting, hiring, relating to employees, purchasing, profit planning, budgeting, controlling, technology, risk management, and maintaining good government relations will be covered. Prerequisites: BUS 243, BUS 303, BUS 483.
An advanced course designed to assist the student in the development of a comprehensive business plan. The semester project will allow the student to concentrate on a specific area of business interest. An experienced individual mentor will be assigned as an additional resource to assist the student in the course. It is recommended that students take this course in their final semester prior to graduation. Prerequisite: BUS 489.
Applications and lab exercises in the use of popular software with particular emphasis on word processing, electronic spreadsheets, presentations, and database management.
Prerequisite: Computer proficiency.
Survey of the history, present, and future of media including television, radio, communication policy, online video, social media, and the Web. This course covers technological, social, and economic implications for users, producers, and distributors of traditional and new media.
Emphasis on methods needed for effective communication in the business environment. Includes interpersonal communication, oral and written reports, business letters and memos, proposal writing, and case study presentations.
Prerequisites: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.
This course will cover the applied business mathematical aspects of banking, budgeting, insurance, income tax, installment buying, time value of money, payroll deductions, discounts and percentages. The course will also introduce macroeconomic and microeconomic equations. Prerequisite: BUS 200, plus successful completion of the Business Administration Department math placement proficiency test.
This course will provide the student with an overview of the field of Organizational Psychology. An emphasis will be placed on motivation, job satisfaction, leadership, decision making, teams in the workplace, organizational change and human factors. Students will also examine emerging trends and historical theory. Case studies will be extensively used.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.
This course covers topics in freelancing, starting a business, branding, and social media marketing. Featuring a skill-building approach to course topics, this course equips students to start and publicize their own business using available tools and techniques. Students will learn to establish their personal businesses ethically and legally. Prerequisites: COM 136 and COM 143. Junior rank or higher.
An introduction to the techniques and technology involved in photography. Students will demonstrate proficiency in camera use and lighting techniques in both studio and real world environments. Projects include elements of post production in Photoshop, RAW processing, and creative camera techniques.
Prerequisite: COM 163 or by Department Chair approval.
An introduction to techniques for layout, design, typography, editing, formatting, and publishing of various documents. Course also introduces students to graphic design as a conceptual and visual discipline. Projects focus on solving visual problems from a wide range of topics in a variety of media. Includes a review of software programs. Prerequisite: COM 163. Course requires purchase of Adobe Creative Cloud software.
This course will assist students in development of photographic skills including capturing real-life moments from their unique personal viewpoint. Students will learn to discern quality and content of their photographs while maintaining their voice. Emphasis will be placed on photography for photojournalism intended for convergence across media. Students will be challenged to produce work suitable for structural, information gathering, and presentation convergence.
Prerequisite: DIG 243.
This course explores the creative and technical aspects of studio photography, including basic principles and application of light in the creation of photographs. Topics covered include techniques in the areas of professional portraiture, product photography, and exploration of themes bound by concept, subject, and technique.
A course designed to help students become more conversant about issues and opportunities in photography. Topics include, but are not limited to: international photojournalism, ethics, technical developments, and alternative techniques. Projects throughout the course reinforce class content through practical application.
As an independent and in-depth exploration of advanced photography techniques, this course is designed for the student to demonstrate professional competence and creativity in photography. Students will develop a cohesive body of work while refining their technical skills. Students in the Photography concentration must take this course after successfully completing all required photography-related coursework.
Valley Forge Christian College is a private Christian College located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, 35 miles northwest of downtown Philadelphia. VFCC offers on its sprawling park-like campus, as well as online, 67 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in the Arts, the Sciences and the Professions. The college's mission is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.