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ACCOUNTING.

B.A. Degree in Accounting
B.S. Degree in Business Administration (Accounting Concentration)
Minor in Accounting

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting Degree or Bachelor of Science (BS) with a Concentration in Accounting

Earn an Accounting degree and assure your return on investment with a career in the business world.

Businesses and corporations around the world depend on accurate accounting data to process, measure and communicate details about their financial status. As such, Catawba College undergraduates who pursue an Accounting degree typically have no problem landing jobs soon after their graduation or being accepted into competitive Accounting graduate programs. In fact, U.S. News & World Report indicates that a job as an Accountant ranks #8 in its list of Best Business Jobs for 2018.


B.A. Degree in Accounting 

Catawba College’s Bachelor of Arts in Accounting degree program offers its undergraduates strong professional preparation with a focus on ethics and integrity. Learning is facilitated in small classes with dedicated faculty who have real-world experience in Accounting and are certified industry professionals. Catawba Accounting majors benefit from courses in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing and taxation as they prepare to pursue professional certification as a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination and licensure. In the Seminar in Accounting course, Catawba’s Accounting majors explore current, relevant topics which include forensic accounting and international accounting.

Internships are required for all Catawba College Accounting majors and can be completed at for-profit or a not-for-profit organizations.


B.S. Degree in Business Administration - Accounting concentration

Catawba College students who pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration can select a concentration in Accounting from the half-dozen academic concentrations offered with this major. Pursuing an Accounting concentration with the Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration requires that 18 credit hours be earned in specific Accounting classes.

Choose the Accounting concentration if you want to build skills that are relevant in almost any business setting. This concentration will provide you with an understanding of business finances, from general ledger and account reconciliation to auditing and tax preparation and filing.  Dedicated faculty who teach in this concentration have real-world Accounting experience and are certified industry professionals.


MINOR IN ACCOUNTING (NON-BUSINESS DISCIPLINES ONLY)

Catawba College offers a Minor in Accounting to undergraduates in all academic disciplines outside of programs offered in the Ketner School of Business.


Catawba College Accounting Program Highlights

Although Catawba has a long history of alumni who have pursued successful careers in Accounting, the Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting offered as a standalone academic major is a recent milestone.  The college began offering the B.A. degree in Accounting in 2014 because so many undergraduates were interested in the major and pursuing their Master of Accountancy degree after graduation.logo-acbsp.png

Catawba College’s Accounting degree program is one of several academic programs in the Ketner School of Business that is accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business School Programs (ACBSP).

Colleges of Distinction, a national guide for colleges, recognized Catawba College during 2017-2018 for its academic programs in Business, including the Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.  The guide noted that Business programs offered through Catawba’s Ketner School of Business keep future leaders ahead of the curve and ready to grow alongside the industry. It also recognized Catawba for “its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in Business.”

Internships in Accounting
Internships in Accounting.

An internship is required of all students in Catawba College’s Ketner School of Business including those who are pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting.  Successful Accounting internships often provide helpful networking opportunities or lead to employment offers for Catawba’s Accounting majors.

Catawba Accounting majors have recently completed successful internships with local non-profits like Rowan Helping Ministries in Salisbury, North Carolina, and internationally recognized for-profits like PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).

The CPA-Ready Program
The CPA-Ready Program.

Catawba graduates who earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting enjoy some of the highest pass rates on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam in North Carolina. One of the reasons for this success is dedicated faculty who are committed to preparing their Accounting majors for their professional lives after Catawba.

The Catawba Accounting Department offers a special program to help Accounting majors be prepared to sit for the CPA exam.  It is called the CPA-Ready Program. Since graduates are required to have completed 150 semester hours of college credit prior to sitting for the CPA examination and licensure, Catawba Accounting faculty provide individualized advising to Accounting majors to help assure the appropriate college credits are earned before graduation.

Accounting Scholarships at Catawba College
Accounting Scholarships.

Students interested in pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting are eligible to apply for a Departmental Accounting Scholarship.  Applicants for this scholarship must have an SAT Math and Critical Reading sub-scores of 1050 or greater (ACT Composite equal to 23 or greater) and a grade point average of 3.0 or above. Online applications for the Catawba College Accounting Scholarship must be completed by January 5 each year.

RELATED BACHELOR DEGREE PROGRAMS

Outcomes

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ACCOUNTING CAREERS.

Accounting majors are prepared for the competitive employment landscape after earning their B.A. degree in Accounting from Catawba.
Catawba College Accounting graduates are at work in these positions:

    • Budget Analysts
    • Cost Estimators
    • Loan Officers
    • Financial Analysts and Personal Financial Advisors
    • Tax Examiners, Collectors, and Revenue Agents
    • Bill and Account Collectors
    • Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks
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GRADUATE SCHOOLS.

Catawba Accounting majors are competitive and have been accepted to complete graduate programs of study at these institutions:

    • N.C. State University
    • University of Toronto





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“Professor [Darin] Spencer [Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting at Catawba] has such belief and confidence in his students that they will achieve amazing things.  It’s hard for that not to rub off on you.

"He’s unwavering in his belief and his support.  I began talking about grad school in my sophomore year, and he was very encouraging and supportive. He always wants people to shoot for the stars and reach their maximum potential.”

Brad Smethurst ’16
An international student who majored in Accounting with a double minor in Information Systems and French; Four-year varsity athlete on the Catawba College Tennis Team  

Brad is currently employed as an Associate in the Assurance Group at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in Toronto, Canada while taking additional college-level courses to prepare him to sit for the CPA exam.

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PARTICIPATE.

Catawba College Accounting majors focused on a career in the world of business are encouraged to participate in the Student Managed Investment Fund (SMIF), Future Business Leaders of America - Phi Beta Lambda (PBL), the Business Honor Society, or the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Accounting Faculty

Dr. Darin Spencer, CPA

Chair and Assistant Professor of Accounting Dr. Darin Spencer, CPA teaches Accounting Principles, Advanced Accounting, and Managerial Finance.

Karen Gaskill

Assistant Professor of Accounting Karen Gaskill

Yan S. Gibson, CFE, CPA, MMPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting Yan S. Gibson, CFE, CPA, MMPA

Curriculum

Required Courses for B.A. in Accounting
Required Courses for B.A. in Accounting

ACC 1901 Principles of Accounting I

3

ACC 1902 Principles of Accounting II

3

ACC 2501 Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACC 2502 Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACC 2701 Managerial Cost Accounting

3

ACC 2801 Accounting Information Systems & Controls

3

ACC 3521 Taxation Accounting

3

ACC 3701 Auditing

3

** 6 hours in a specific track, defined below

6

ECON 1901 Principles of Macroeconomics

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

IS 2300 Productivity with Information Systems Technology

3

MGT 2451 Legal Environment of Business                     
OR 
MGT 2453 Business Law I       
OR 
MGT 2454 Business Law II

3

 

Total:

42

** Financial Accounting Track:               
ACC 3601 Advanced Accounting 
ACC 4101 Seminar in Accounting

Total:


3
3

6

Required Courses for Accounting Concentration (B.S. Degree)
Required Courses for Accounting Concentration (B.S. Degree)

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I,II

6

ECON 1901, 1902 Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics

6

ECON 2101 Business and Economic Statistics                     
OR 
MGT 1902 Business Data Analytics

3

FIN 2535 Managerial Finance

3

IS 2501 Management Information Systems

3

MGT 2453 or 2454 Business Law I or II

3

MGT 2501 Principles of Management

3

MGT 2563 Operations Management

3

MGT 2566 Business Ethics

3

MGT 3990 Strategic Management

3

MGT 4401 Experiential Business Learning

3

MKT 2501 Principles of Marketing

3

ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION             
ACC 2501, 2502, Intermediate Accounting I, II             
ACC 2701 Managerial-Cost Accounting             
ACC 2801 Accounting Info Systems & Controls             
ACC 3521 Taxation Accounting             
ACC 3701 Auditing


6
3
3
3
3

TOTAL 

60

Required Courses for Minor
Required Courses for Minor

ACC 1901, 1902 Principles of Accounting I, II

6

ACC 2501, 2502 Intermediate Accounting I, II

6

Elective in Accounting at 2000 level or above

3

Elective in Accounting at 3000 level or above

3

 

Total:

18

Course Descriptions
Course Descriptions

1901 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING I (3 hours)
A study of the accounting principles with emphasis on the use and analysis of financial information for decisionmaking purposes. 

1902 PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTING II 
(3 hours)
A continuation of the study of accounting principles from a user's perspective with an introduction to the internal information needs of management. Prerequisite: ACC 1901. 

2501 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING I 
(3 hours)
An introduction to the basic accounting process and a study of the theory and valuation of working capital accounts. Prerequisite: ACC 1902 or junior standing.

2502 INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II
 (3 hours)
A study of the theory and valuation of non-current assets, long-term liabilities, and stockholder's equity. Prerequisite: ACC 2501.

2701 MANAGERIAL-COST ACCOUNTING  (3 hours)
A study of cost concepts emphasizing job order and process costing, standard costing, direct costing, operating budgets and differential analysis. Prerequisite: ACC 1901.

2801 ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND CONTROLS 
(3 hours)
A study of manual and computerized information systems, emphasizing design and organization of a system; information flows; accounting, financial and management controls. Prerequisite: ACC 1901. 

3521 TAXATION ACCOUNTING (3 hours)
A study of the concepts of federal income tax laws and their applications to individual taxpayers and business entities. Prerequisite: ACC 1902. 

3601 ADVANCED ACCOUNTING 
(3 hours)
A study of the accounting issues and reporting requirements relating to partnerships, consolidations, foreign currency, and not-for-profit entities.

3701 AUDITING
 (3 hours)
Fundamentals of auditing procedures and objectives with emphasis on audit reports, internal control, working papers, examination of auditing records, impact of computers on auditing procedures and professional ethics. Prerequisite: ACC 2501 and Junior standing.

4401 INTERNSHIP IN ACCOUNTING (1-6 hours)
An application of theory and methods of specific areas of accounting in a supervised field experience. Prerequisite: permission of Instructor.