Programs of Study


Entrepreneurship Certificate

Program Description

Craven Community College’s Business Administration curriculum is designed to introduce students to the various aspects of the free enterprise system. Students will be provided with a fundamental knowledge of business functions and processes and an understanding of business organizations in today’s global economy.

Coursework in the program includes business concepts such as accounting, business law, economics, management and marketing. The application of the core concepts is further developed through the study of computer applications, communication, and team building. Students have an opportunity to strengthen interpersonal and conceptual skills such as motivation, performance appraisal, decision making and problem solving. Students may complete the program online, as well as in traditional face-to-face formats.

Through these skills, students will have a sound business education base for lifelong learning. The Business Administration curriculum prepares graduates to begin their careers as management trainees and first line supervisors as well as for higher level management positions in either profit or nonprofit organizations. 

Admission Criteria

Admission to this program requires that students be high school graduates or have a recognized equivalency.  

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Business Administration programs will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a fundamental understanding of the American free enterprise system
  • Recognize and employ strategic management for a business operation
  • Utilize marketing and/or financial management principles to support an organization
  • (For A25120A) Work within a team to develop a plan to integrate all of a firm’s resources to achieve business goals
  • (For A25120B) Create a plan of quality and productivity for a process.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in various areas of industry and business, including:

  • supervisor
  • management trainee
  • business owner/entrepreneur
  • financial insurance planning and sales
  • human resource specialist

Contact Information

Executive Director of Career Programs
252-638-7372

Admissions Office
252-638-7430

Certificate Requirements

Courses in this program

Certificate Classes

Course Course Code Credit Hours Link to course details

This course provides an introduction to the principles of entrepreneurship. Topics include self-analysis of entrepreneurship readiness, the role of entrepreneur in economic development, legal problems, organizational structure, sources of financing, budgeting, and cash flow. Upon completion, students should have an understanding of the entrepreneurial process and issues faced by entrepreneurs.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course provides a survey of the business world. Topics include the basic principles and practices of contemporary business. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of business concepts as a foundation for studying other business subjects.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces business decision-making using accounting information systems. Emphasis is placed on analyzing, summarizing, reporting, and interpreting financial information. Upon completion, students should be able to prepare financial statements, understand the role of financial information in decision-making and address ethical considerations.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 3  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 4 
  • Prerequisites:
    Take ENG-002, Take MAT-003
  • Corequisites:
    None

This course introduces principles and problems of marketing goods and services. Topics include promotion, placement, and pricing strategies for products. Upon completion, students should be able to apply marketing principles in organizational decision making.

Lecture Hours: 3  Lab Hours: 0  Clinical Hours: 0  Credit Hours: 3 
  • Prerequisites:
    None
  • Corequisites:
    None