Introduction to Business

Introduction to Business

Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small or even entrepreneurial. Full Description

  • Accepted for Credit Transfer by United States Sports Academy
  • 3 semester credits at United States Sports Academy
  • United States Sports Academy Equivalency: Elective

Category: Elective


Accepted for transfer by United States Sports Academy.

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Introduction to Business

Course Description
Sophia's Introduction to Business course helps you understand the fundamentals of business. In this course, you will examine the environment of business, the art and science of marketing, what successful management of human resources looks like, and the basics of business finance and business investment. You will also learn how these concepts apply to companies of all sizes whether big, small, or even entrepreneurial.

Assessments & Grading

This is a pass/fail course. You must complete 12 Challenge assessments (these are like quizzes) and 4 Milestone assessments (these are like tests) with an overall score of 70% or better.

Learning Outcomes
At the end of the course, you'll be able to:

  • Describe the environment of business
  • Examine the art and science of marketing
  • Analyze the successful management of human resources
  • Evaluate finance and investment in business

Sophia's Many Ways
This course provides you access to Sophia's Many Ways™ learning model. This model provides you with various instructional styles for each learning objective. With this unique model, you can find a method that appeals to your individual learning preference.


2188 Student Reviews
by Tarik C. on October 18, 2020
The courses were rigorous but effective for educating and challenging me
by December B. on October 17, 2020
This course was not too bad! I found that the wording for a lot of questions did not make sense and there were often multiple correct answers which made it harder when completing the challenges and milestones, but overall it was fine! Use the guides while taking the milestones and take notes! Best of luck.
by Jonathan W. on October 17, 2020
Good course, learned a lot.
by Jessica B. on October 16, 2020
Course wasn’t so bad but challenging.
by Kenneth O. on October 16, 2020
In the Final milestone. Question #6: has an incorrect usage of the word EXPORT. it is stated that Henri is buying Chocolate from Belgium. This would be an IMPORT not an EXPORT since he is producing these gourmet cookies in New York. Also Question #16: ALL four choices are examples of an Incentive program. This is not the first time I have reached out to Sophia on possible testing errors. Your response in this matter would be GREATLY appreciated. Other than that, I am really enjoying the course and your system. I wish I started this a bit earlier in my life. Thankful for the opportunity to go back to school. (Disney Aspire is an incentive program, LOL)
by Cierra C. on October 16, 2020
I just could not get into this course. I passed with 89% the questions are similar to the exams but they are not word for word. This course is okay. Just watch the videos with Jeff and you'll do alright. 4 stars because the material is BORING.
by Dean H. on October 16, 2020
This class was great and informational, of course. I was able to work on this for 2 hours every day and was done in 4 days. I could have received a better grade had I taken a little more time for thorough reading; I advise you to read thoroughly, and sometimes twice especially for the milestones!
by Peter A. on October 15, 2020
Great class! Enjoyed this course - direct correlation to my daily work life.


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  • Q: How am I graded in the course?

    A: Sophia courses are graded on a pass/fail basis, with 70% overall required to pass the course. Your score is based upon points earned in the formative assessments ("Challenges"), summative assessments ("Milestones"), and if applicable, the authentic assessments ("Touchstones"). Currently, our Foundations of English Composition, English Composition I, and Public Speaking courses contain Touchstones.

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