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The programs in Business Administration are designed to offer professional preparation in a Christian environment. They develop caring and capable business leaders for careers in the field business administration or continuation into graduate business programs.
Preparation includes knowledge of business practices, problem-solving abilities, ethical values, and applied service-learning experiences. The program 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. Students will receive a final grade of A, B, C, or F.
A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the West from antiquity to the Renaissance, including the birth of civilization in the ancient Near East, the rise and fall of Greek and Roman empires, the rise of Christendom, the Middle Ages, and Byzantium.
A survey of world civilizations with special emphasis on the rise of the modernity in the West from the Enlightenment to the present, including the scientific revolution, European expansion and colonization, the rise of nation states, the American and French Revolutions, the Industrial Revolution, socialism, communism, nationalism, and liberalism, and the two world wars of the twentieth century.
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 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.
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. Maybe 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.
An introduction to the history, structure, and belief of the AG in the context of Christian theology and history.
A study of the theories of human and mass-mediated communication with an emphasis on research and writing. Topics include communication system theory, signs and languages, discourse, message reception and receiving, social and cultural realities, and critical theories. Prerequisite: ENG 123 or 497 and COM 123 or 494.
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: 1) Jr. Standing & 2) Course must be part of major requirements.
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.
An in-depth look at designing and coding Web pages and sites. Students will learn front-end development and back-end structures by learning to develop CSS, PHP, HTML, and AJAX through such software programs as Adobe Dreamweaver. Topics include: Site navigation, Content Management Systems, and legal and ethical issues.
Prerequisite: DIG 263, DIG 272.
Overview of the history, organization, economics, content, control, and effects of mass communications on society. Examination of mass media industries, including print, broadcast, cable, film, telephony, and the Internet.
This course helps students develop the intellectual skills necessary for analysis, understanding and creation of media messages in the many formats of today’s high-density visual environment. Students will be introduced to the syntax, grammar and rhetoric of visual communications. The course also surveys current trends in interactive media, marketing and advertising on the Internet and various forms of e-commerce. Assignments explore information architecture and how visual design, writing style and navigation logic affect interactive marketing success.
Prerequisite: COM 163 and DIG 263.
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 basic Web page design that focuses on freely available tools and techniques. Students learn fundamental techniques, customizing and maintaining their own Web presence. Topics include: HTML formatting, hyperlink integration, and an introduction to Web graphic design.
This course will expand on the skills and concepts introduced in DIG 303. The students will be joined in teams to complete a variety of projects relative to course objectives. Students will demonstrate familiarity with core concepts in the areas of camera and lighting techniques, as well as proficiency in non-linear editing. Using new production techniques, students will concentrate on the creative and technical aspects of planning, shooting, and editing a video based on a personal vision. Students will produce projects in a variety of genres.
Prerequisite: DIG 303.
Introduction to digital audio production. This course includes practical experience in planning, coordinating, directing and producing various audio productions. Review of sound design principles and recording techniques for multi-track production in all media production settings. Students learn the function and operation of digital audio workstations, microphones, mixers, signal processors and loudspeakers as well as recording environments. Considerable time is also spent on critical listening skills and design aesthetics.
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 and basic analysis of financial statements, budgeting, working capital management, capital budgeting and cost preparation, long-term debt, equity funding, small business accounting, business law and taxation topics. 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. Prerequisite: MTH 213.
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. Prerequisites: BUS 200, BUS 313.
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. Prerequisites: BUS 313.
This course is designed to enhance academic learning with practical, hands-on experience. Students will work side-by-side with a business organization in one or more of the following areas: Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Operations Management, Human Resource Management, or Entrepreneurship. Each credit hour equates to 75 hours of actual work experience. Work must be approved by the Department Chair. 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 396, 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.Prerequisite: 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.
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.