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The Aviation Studies BBA concentration provides credit for FAA certified flight training as a part of the Bachelor’s in Business Administration degree. It is designed to provide a pathway for licensed pilots to obtain a bachelor’s degree with fewer total classes needed due to the credit counted for their certified aviation studies coursework.
Students who complete the B.B.A. with a concentration in aviation studies will be able to:
- Explain basic terms and concepts in air transportation, including commercial, military, and general aviation; air traffic control; aviation agencies and organizations; the aerospace industry; the airport environment; professional and ethical responsibilities of an aviation professional; and aviation career options.
- Demonstrate a basic working knowledge of the FAA regulations governing pilot qualifications, aircraft condition, and aircraft operations.
- Demonstrate a basic conceptual knowledge of aerodynamics, General Aviation aircraft systems, aircraft performance, and weight and balance.
- Describe aircraft maneuvers such as takeoffs, landings, stalls, spins, ground reference maneuvers, unusual attitude recoveries and basic instrument flight maneuvers.
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of contemporary issues within the aviation and aerospace industries.
The Aviation BBA Concentration requires:
- 12 hours of supporting electives (up to 15 hours can be accepted) from certified training coursework may qualify as prior learning credits
- Private Pilot
This is the fundamental pilot certificate. Privileges include flying solo in visual conditions, day or night, and carrying passengers. Privileges do not include carrying persons or property for hire. A minimum of 35 hours of flight time is required. Most students complete their training in 50-60 hours.
- Instrument Rating
In addition to a private pilot certificate, the instrument rating allows you to fly in the clouds and in low visibility. This training increases your flight and risk management skills, builds situational awareness, and makes you an overall safer pilot.
Students must also select from two of the following flight training courses:
- Commercial Pilot Certificate
This certificate authorizes you to fly people or property for hire. Training focuses on your mastery of the aircraft and sharpening your aeronautical decision-making skills. It is the next step for pursuing a professional career in aviation.
- Multi-Engine Pilot Certificate
This add-on rating allows you to fly an aircraft with more than one engine.
- Airline Transport Pilot Certificate
The Airline Transport Pilot Certificate (ATP) allows the holder to act as a captain on larger passenger carrying and cargo aircraft. Prerequisites include being 23 years of age; 1,500 hours of total flight time and 500 hours of cross-country flight time.
- Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
A Certificated Flight Instructor (CFI) is authorized to instruct students and pilots to achieve the following certifications: Sport, Recreational, Private Pilot, and Commercial.
- Certified Flight Instrument Instructor (CFII)
A Certificated Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) is authorized to instruct students toward their instrument rating.
- Multi-Engine Instructor (MEI)
A Certificated Multi-engine Flight Instructor (MEI) is authorized to instruct pilots towards their Private and Commercial Multi-engine Rating. MEI candidates must have a Commercial Multi-engine Pilots Rating and an Instrument Rating.
The Bachelor of Business Administration degree requires:
30 credit hours of general education coursework, 42 credit hours of business-specific coursework and 24 non-business elective courses.
- Regional airline pilot
- Major commercial airline pilot
- International cargo airline pilot
- Corporate and small business pilot
- Aviation manager
- Aviation transport manager
Make studying abroad the highlight of your college experience! Whether you go for a year, a semester, or just a few weeks. You will never forget learning in another culture! The Center for International Programs is here to help you plan your study abroad experience. Start your planning early to ensure the courses you complete abroad count toward your degree and you graduate on time.
Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program
The Global Experiential Learning (GEL) Program offers Shenandoah students a short-term, faculty-led, study-abroad experience for academic credit. These short-term, credit-bearing, faculty-led programs are offered winter break, spring break, and during the summer. If a course is not within your major, it might be used as an elective.
Shenandoah University is a member of the International Student Exchange Program (ISEP), a global network of 300 universities. This partnership allows students to study for a full semester or year at other member campuses abroad. By working closely with their academic advisors and the study abroad advisor, students can take classes taught in English abroad while receiving Shenandoah credit.
Shenandoah University also maintains direct partnerships with several universities around the world. These relationships allow students from SU to study abroad as exchange students and students from these universities to study at SU. All partner universities offer courses taught in English.
Business students looking to study abroad should consider studying at Audencia. Located in the city of Nantes, France, 2 hours from Paris, Audencia is an AACSB accredited university that specializes in courses in Business and Mass Communications.
Short Term Exchange Program
The January Business exchange program with SU partner university Audencia in France provides an experience of a lifetime while completing undergraduate or graduate credit hours. Through coursework, city tours, and company visits, you will have the opportunity to strengthen your knowledge and understanding of European management practices and the European market. All courses are taught in English.
Fast Track To Your MBA
4 + 1 Option
Students enrolled in Shenandoah’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program can take advantage of the new 4 + 1 option to earn an MBA with one additional year of classes.
2 + 2 + 1 Option
Transfer students with two years of college credits can take advantage of the 2 + 2 + 1 option that allows them to transition from an associate of arts degree in business degree to the BBA degree and subsequently to the MBA degree — all in five years.
Join the Honors Program
The Honors Program is a multidisciplinary Honors Program for students who are curious, creative, self-motivated, and eager to engage in their education and community.
Not only do Honors Program students partake in honors courses that emphasize collaboration, service, and communication, but they will also have the opportunity to develop aspects of the program based on their own interests and goals. By participating in the Honors Program you will acquire the tools, knowledge and experiences necessary to make meaningful contributions to your community – whether it be globally, locally, or specific to your life’s work. You will have access to unique courses, exciting experiences and a community of peers and faculty who never stop asking questions and striving for excellence.
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