Business Education Department



Business Education Department Courses

The mission of the Business Education Department is to help all students develop the knowledge, skills, and professional practices necessary to be college and career ready. Business education assists students with enhancing their 21 Century skills and developing the soft skills required to be successful in the workforce. 

Business Education provides students with the foundation to pursue programs such as business administration, management, ownership, accounting, marketing, and finance. Course clusters group the various electives that would apply to specific areas of interest. Students may elect to take courses from a variety of course clusters if they wish to explore various fields or remain within a cluster if they prefer a strong preparation for specific post high school study.

New York State Education Department Suggested Clusters for Business & Marketing Education:

Cluster 1: Accounting/Finance

Career & Financial Management
Introduction to Business
Business Ownership
Accounting 153
Macroeconomics (Econ 101)

Cluster 2: Business Administration

Career & Financial Management
Introduction to Business
Business Ownership
Marketing 101
Accounting 153
Macroeconomics (Econ 101)
Sports Management 1/2 Unit of Credit

Cluster 3: Marketing

Sports & Entertainment Marketing
Introduction to Business
Business Ownership
Marketing 101
Macroeconomics (Econ 101)

Business Education Courses:

Accounting – ½ credit
Accounting 153 (SUNY OCC) – ½ credit
Business Ownership – ½ credit
Career & Financial Management – 1 credit
Introduction to Business – ½ credit
Marketing 101 (SUNY OCC) – ½ credit
Macroeconomics (Econ 101) – ½ credit
Sports & Entertainment Marketing – 1 credit
Work Based Learning – 1 credit per year

Accounting ½ Unit of Credit

Accounting is a 1-unit course that introduces students to the field of accounting and general business practices. It is a great introductory course into the world of business focusing on the three forms of businesses, accounting careers, the basic accounting equation, analyzing business transactions, journalizing and posting business transactions, and payroll accounting.


Accounting 153     ½ Unit of Credit (4 College Credits – (SUNY Orange)

This course provides a solid foundation in basic accounting concepts and methodology of financial accounting. This includes the rules and procedures used by the financial accountant in preparing external financial reports. Emphasis is placed on the chart of accounts, the accounting environment, the accounting cycle, cash flow, the income statement and the balance sheet. This course provides students with an understanding of financial accounting in a corporate environment, methods used to perform analysis of financial statements, and insights into the financial accounting decision-making process. Prerequisite:  Open to juniors with an 85 overall average or higher. Seniors with an 80 average overall or higher.


Business Ownership ½ Unit of Credit

Formerly called Entrepreneurship, the Business Ownership course will provide students with an understanding of the critical role played by small businesses and their owners, in the national and global economy. It will also explore the various forms of business ownership including how to legally start and run a business of one’s own. Students will learn the skills, characteristics, and aptitudes that are found in successful business owners. Students will work together and/or individually to prepare simulations outlining the steps needed to plan, develop, and start their own business. Building on these concepts, the Business Ownership curriculum approaches student learning experimentally by encouraging students to evaluate, develop, and work with the business ideas they already have or those they conceive during the course. The course will culminate with a simulated “Shark Tank” presentation given to a panel of individuals from the school and community.


Career & Financial Management 1 Unit of Credit

This course will allow students to explore the post-secondary options related to their career interests, aptitudes, and personality types.  Students will partake in personality assessments and conduct research to discover careers they are most suited for.  Each student will demonstrate employability through conducting job searches, reviewing job descriptions and applications, creating professional resumes, and applying learned interview skills in mock interviews.  A brief section will focus on college research and financial aid planning.  During the second part of the course, students will explore personal financial management decision making skills including how to manage income through banking and investing, risk management (insurance), taxes, and credit. Students will walk away from this class able to demonstrate their ability to understand their interests, explore post-secondary options, become viable employees, and manage their financial lives.

Introduction to Business ½ Unit of Credit

In Introduction to Business, you will compare and contrast sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations – and the advantages and disadvantages of each. You will explore the functions of modern business management, marketing, and ethics and social responsibility. You’ll also look at the human resource management side of running a business, and learn how employers can motivate their employees. Finally, you’ll address the numbers side of running a business and examine bookkeeping, accounting, financial management, and financial statements.


Marketing 101 ½ Unit of Credit (3 College Credits – (SUNY Orange)

This class presents an overview of marketing – the business operations that connect a product or service to its consumer.  Students will learn skills and concepts such as the 4 P’s of marketing, channels of distribution, ethics, market research, social responsibility, sales, advertising, promotion, and customer relationship management. Students will learn innovative and creative marketing strategies that are used in stores and on the internet to attract and retain consumers.  Students will understand how social media has become a major marketplace for buying, promoting, and advertising goods and services. Prerequisite:  Open to juniors with an 85 overall average or higher. Seniors with an 80 average overall or higher.


Macroeconomics ½ Unit of Credit (3 College Credits – (Mount Saint Mary College) – NCAA Approved Elective

Macroeconomics is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the principles of economics that apply to an economic system as a whole The focus of the course will be the components of national income, economic growth, aggregated supply and demand, inflation, business cycles, unemployment, monetary and fiscal policy, and price determination. Students will collaborate with classmates to create various projects and research assignments with the use of Google Classroom. This course satisfies the economics requirement for all seniors. Prerequisite:  Open to juniors with an 85 overall average or higher. Seniors with an 80 average overall or higher. 


Sports & Entertainment Marketing 1 Unit of Credit

The sports and entertainment industries are two of the most popular industries in the United States. These vast and exciting industries include spectator sports, recreational sports, film, music, television, gaming and more. The American Marketing Association defines marketing as the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have values for customers, clients, partners, and society at large. This course focuses on gaining a basic knowledge of these industries and the opportunities that are available to potential employees.  Further exploration includes bringing the excitement of marketing into the dynamic world of sports and entertainment, allowing students to envision their future career in one or both of these areas. In this course, students will explore the basics of marketing, advertising, branding, customer engagement, market research, product development and more. All of these will be look at from a sports and entertainment lens through innovative project based exploration. Students will work together and individually through a comprehensive curriculum that will integrate real time, real world situations into the classroom, preparing them for their futures in college and the workforce.

Sports Management 1/2 Unit of Credit

Sports Management is a class that examines how various organizations, governing bodies, and economic trends all play a role in the sports industry. Upon completion of this 1⁄2 year course students will understand the difference between each level of sport, the legal parameters in which leagues and schools operate, the basic financial components of a sports organization,
the strategies and principles necessary to run a successful franchise, and how to create a corporate culture that integrates a team into a community.



Prerequisite: The students must have completed or be enrolled in Career and Financial Management or equivalent. The Cooperative Work Experience Program strives to accomplish the following goals: Equip the students with employability skills, career awareness, and the framework to make mature decisions about future education and career opportunities, encourage the students to develop positive self-esteem, respect for others, and strive for excellence, provide the students with experiences that will open doors for future employment opportunities. The course includes at least 300* hours of part-time work experience related to the student’s course of study. Students must be employed under current state and federal labor laws and regulations. There are regular meetings with teacher-coordinator, both in the school and at the job site. Supervision of work experience by the teacher-coordinator who assists in appropriate job placements in local businesses. 

NOTE: Working papers and a Social Security card are required. This course is for juniors/seniors only. A maximum of 2 credits of work experience may be earned toward graduation. No more than 1 credit may be earned each school year. Students must provide their own transportation to and from work. Assessment: Employer evaluation and teacher evaluation. Students may receive ½ credit for 150 hours of work.