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Business Course

This course of study is designed to give young people a thorough business training, together with a review of the common branches. It prepares students to keep books, for general office work, and for any of the many positions in the business world requiring accuracy and rapidity at figures, good business penmanship, a knowledge of accounting and commercial law, and the ability to compose a good letter and to write and use business papers.

The course includes everything that is absolutely essential to a thorough business education. Subjects of the greatest importance receive the most attention. By our system of instruction, it is possible to give a student who is deficient in certain branches additional instruction in such subjects, and yet not retard the progress of others.

The time required by the average student to complete the Business Course varies from six months to a school year.


Business Branches

The purely business part of the course includes Single and Double Entry Bookkeeping, Business Practice, Business Transactions with other Colleges, Banking, Commercial Law, Shipping and Commission Business, Wholesaling, Transportation, General Office Work, Duplicating Systems, Filing, Writing and Using Business and Legal Papers, etc.

The course is divided into five well-graded sections; viz., Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced, Business Practice, and Office Department. Each section covers a distinct portion of the work. Students who do not desire to complete the full course can discontinue the work at the end of any section, without disadvantage.





Academic Branches

The subjects included under this head are Arithmetic, Penmanship, Correspondence, Practical Grammar, Punctuation, Composition, Spelling, Defining, and Rapid Calculation. A thorough knowledge of these branches is indispensable to one who would succeed in the business world. Unless satisfactory examinations can be passed at the time of entrance, students in the Business Department are required to pursue all the subjects named.


Division of Time

Three hours of each day's session are devoted to the Business branches and two hours to the Academic. After being promoted to the Office Department, students able to pass final examinations in Arithmetic and the English branches may spend more time on Bookkeeping.


System of Bookkeeping

The system used is the latest and most progressive yet divised, and it has been adopted by the majority of the best schools in the United States. The student begins in the capacity of bookkeeper for a small concern. At first only the simplest transactions are given, and, as the student advances, the work becomes more difficult and increases in volume. Later partners are admitted, the business is gradually extended, more books are kept, and many labor-saving methods and devices are introduced.

The student writes and receives every form of business paper in common use, including checks, notes, drafts, orders, receipts, insurance policies, leases, deeds, articles of agreement, bills of sale, etc. Instead of copying fictitious transactions from a textbook, the student makes entries for business actually performed, and for papers he receives and writes, exactly as a bookkeeper would do in a business office.

The transactions are so well graded that any student with a fair knowledge of Arithmetic can begin the work without difficulty. Except for general explanations, the instruction in Bookkeeping is given individually. Each one works independently of the others, and the progress of one person does not hurry nor retard that of any other student. Some finish the subject in one-third the time required by others.


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