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 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.
The fundamentals of financial, cost, and managerial accounting. An overview of practical aspects of accounting systems, understanding financial statements, cash flow, assets, liabilities, statement analysis, variable and fixed costs, short- and long-term financing alternatives, and their impact on decision making.
Prerequisites: CMS 283, MTH 113 (MTH 113 not required for Business/Accounting track majors.)
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.
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.
Introduction to the theories and practice of corporate finance. Topics include financial statements, corporate securities, net present value, investment management, capital budgeting, market efficiency, and the concept of risk and return.
Prerequisites: BUS 213, BUS 253, and MTH 203.
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.
A study of microeconomic theory and issues. Examines behaviors of individual consumers, wage and price theories, marketing of particular products, competition, market structure, and current microeconomic problems.
Prerequisite: BUS 253.
Study of the multidisciplinary development of strategies addressing economic, legal, governmental, political, financial and cultural issues associated with the international business environment. Focus is placed on opportunities for, threats to, and options facing international, multinational, global, and transnational business enterprises. Emphasis is placed on employing the most effective business strategies based on the examination of host government, work force, consumer needs and preferences, technology, and the demands and tactics for responding to them. Prerequisites: BUS 200, BUS 313
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.
An integration of knowledge from accounting, economics, marketing, and business management. Examines case studies in real world business situations. Analysis of decision-making strategies, business objectives, policy development, measurement of performance, and response to change.
Prerequisites: Senior Business Administration majors, completion of all required Junior-level Business courses.
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
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.
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.
Statistics has become known as the mathematical tool or approach for analyzing data in order to draw reliable conclusions. This course will consider the most useful statistical methods; identify the statistical methods most widely used in education, psychology, and the social sciences; and study the mathematical formulas that are used in statistical applications.
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 will provide the student with an overview of the field of Industrial Psychology. The student will be introduced to research and assessment of the work environment, assessing individuals, job analysis and performance measurement, staffing decisions and training development. An emphasis will be placed on emerging trends in the workplace, historical theories and models.
Prerequisite: PSY 223.
This course focuses on developing interpersonal skills for the workplace. Particular emphasis will be placed on understanding diversity, dealing with difficult people and improving employee communication skills. Personal inventories will be used to provide students with insight into their personality predisposition as it relates to effective communication in the workplace. Time and stress management in an organization will also be examined.
Prerequisites: PSY 223, 300, 373.
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.