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Program Purpose: Students completing accounting courses will demonstrate an understanding of basic accounting principles and procedures, as well as the role of accounting and bookkeeping within various business organizations. They will also be able to analyze, process and report financial information within established normal and computerized protocols. Finally, they will identify the importance of ethics and social responsibility in the accounting profession.

Program Description: Study in accounting leads to a variety of opportunities in organizations in the public and private sectors of the economy. Upon completion of the associate degree, students will be prepared for entry-level positions within organizations, able to transfer to a baccalaureate program, or possess the rudimentary information necessary to start their own business.

Student Learning Outcomes:

What is an accountant?

Accountants are certified financial experts who specialize in the measurement and interpretation of financial information. Their expertise helps managers, investors, tax authorities, and individuals. They also plan yearly budgets, make investment decisions, prepare tax documents, and so forth.

Accountants are crucial players in both large corporations and small businesses. With many professional bodies for accountants throughout the world, some of them are legally recognized in their jurisdictions. In the United States, qualified accountants are known as Certified Public Accountants (CPA's).

Career Opportunities:

Accounting as a discipline has broad employment possibilities in both government and in private business. Many accounting graduates go on to work for:

  • Accounting firms and banking institutions
  • Large corporations and small businesses
  • Law firms and government agencies
  • Insurance companies, retail stores, and manufacturing firms
  • The hospitality industry

Other students choose to continue on to earn their four-year bachelor's degree and become a CPA. In addition, the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment of accountants and auditors will grow 13% from 2012 to 2022. For information regarding employment and earnings, visit the US Bureau of Labor Statistics webpage.

Degrees and Certificates Offered:

  • Associate of Science Degree in Accounting
  • Certificate of Achievement in Accounting

Advisory Committee Agenda and Minutes:

For more information, contact the Business Department Chair, Crystal Kallik at


Department Chair: Crystal Kallik



Lead Faculty: Mea Brink