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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

LawShelf Educational Media | Evaluated Learning Experience

Mergers and Acquisitions (BUS-201)


Varies (self-study).


July 2022 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: distinguish between a merger and an acquisition and describe each; apply laws and regulations that apply to mergers, including securities laws; describe antitrust laws that are applicable to the merger process and apply them to mergers and acquisitions; identify issues and procedures relevant to mergers and acquisitions and how they are carried out; illustrate the process of the hostile takeover and the various circumstances that make it possible, and explain the possible defenses available to the management of the targeted company.


Major topics taught in this course include: mergers, acquisitions, antitrust laws, hostile takeovers, hostile takeover defenses, poison pills, private company mergers and post-transactional issues after mergers and acquisitions. It is suggested that students take Business Organizations (BUS-101), prior to Mergers and Acquisitions (BUS-301).

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Business, Paralegal Studies, or Legal Environments (6/21) (6/22 administrative review).