New Professional Accounting Concentration Offered in Catawba’s Evening Degree Program
March 6, 2015
Catawba College’s School of Evening and Graduate Studies has launched a new academic concentration, Professional Accounting, in its Bachelor of Business Administration degree. This particular degree requires an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Accounting from a North Carolina community college for admission, making it a 2+2 program to give A.A.S. degree holders more alternatives to earn a bachelor’s degree. The program will admit its first students in summer 2015 at both Catawba’s main campus in Salisbury and in Charlotte.
Students who enroll can expect a broad exposure to many areas of business, including management, ethics, economics, and strategy, and additional finance, advanced accounting and auditing skills. Baccalaureate graduates will be prepared for management careers that often start in accounting departments and lead to broader levels of responsibility. Completion of this undergraduate degree also provides credit hours needed for those who are preparing to sit for the CPA exam.
“Many careers start in accounting so this program is designed specifically to take a well-prepared accounting graduate of the community college system, and give them the breadth of knowledge needed to rise to higher levels of management,” explained Jeffrey Bowe, Interim Director of Catawba’s School of Evening and Graduate Studies.
“I was in the business sector for almost 25 years, and countless managers and executives who I know started in accounting and worked their way up — sometimes all the way to the top. Launching this new program has been a personal goal of mine. It is yet another way that our four-year institution can support and expand upon the work a student begins at our community college partners.”
Catawba College serves at least seven community colleges, transfers up to 60 credit hours for an A.A.S. degree, and is actively developing additional programs to support an integral part of the North Carolina higher education system, the community colleges.
For more information, contact Catawba’s School of Evening and Graduate Studies at 704-637-4772 or visit www.catawba.edu/segs.