DEGREE AT A GLANCE:
This program is for those students who want to enter the business world as an entrepreneur or manager of a small business. An Associate of Science in Accounting prepares students for entry level positions in bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing. The curriculum provides a solid foundation in business strategy, financial statements, cost information, economics, management, and ethical issues. Students will be presented the various financial statements and learn how to record, present, and analyze financial data.
Students who successfully complete the Associate of Science in Accounting will achieve the following objectives:
Accounting majors have a wide-open door into the business world. No matter your passion, accounting can help you mix that passion into your career. Do you love sports but have no talent for playing or coaching? Become an accountant in the business office of your favorite team. Do you dream of being your own boss? An accounting background or degree provides a solid foundation on which to build a business. From entry-level book-keeping positions all the way to careers as chief financial officers for major corporations, accounting professionals are in demand, and the Office of Career Services is here to help you find your niche.
Useful Skills within the Accounting Field
Mathematics — Using mathematics and statistics to solve problems
Judgment and Decision Making — Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one
Complex Problem Solving — Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
Active Listening — Paying attention to what other people are saying and taking time to understand the points being made
Time Management — Allocating and budgeting one’s time for different tasks so that things get done when needed
Reading Comprehension —The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports
Communication — Concise writing skills and ability to speak in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions effectively
Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making
Critical Thinking — Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems
Analytical Skills — Ability to identify issues in documentation and suggest solutions
Detail-oriented — Pay attention to detail when compiling and examining documentation
Organizational Skills — Strong organizational skills are needed to develop specific goals, prioritize, and work with a range of financial documents for a variety of clients
Gaining real life experience is an ideal way to start a new career. The career services website has an extensive list of internships and fellowships. Browse through the internships organized by interest or by federal program.
There are government-organized internship programs which provide students or recent graduates the opportunity to gain real-life experience. Many require students to maintain either a half-time or full-time student status. The best ways to identify potential opportunities such as these is to contact branch offices directly, to search USAJobs.gov, or to look at the agencies’ career portals. Keep in mind that these positions are not always posted online, so direct contact with the agency is key.
The Pathways Program is a federal initiative that offers internship programs for current students and training and career development opportunities for recent graduates. Recent graduates must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans, due to their military service obligation, will have up to six years to apply).The internship program for current students replaces the former Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).
The Presidential Management Fellows Program (PMF)
PMF is designed to attract to federal service outstanding men and women from a wide variety of academic disciplines who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, a career in the analysis and management of public policies and programs. To be eligible for nomination, an individual must be a graduate student completing or expected to complete, during the current academic year, an advanced degree from a qualifying college or university. Graduate students who have had their degree conferred in the preceding two years, from the opening of the vacancy announcement are also eligible for PMF.
The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is coordinated by the Office of Disability Employment Policy and the U.S. Department of Defense, and aims to provide summer work experience, and in some cases full-time employment, to college students with disabilities. The program develops partnerships with other federal agencies, each of whom makes a commitment to provide summer jobs and a staff recruiter. Each year, recruiters interview about 1,500 students with disabilities at college and university campuses across the nation and develop a database listing the qualifications of each student.
There are several government agencies and organizations that seek candidates with degrees in accounting. The list below provides a few places one might find employment specific to this degree.
While many of the major job search engines, such as indeed.com or monster.com, will have several positions to choose from, those listed below are specific to this field.
Involvement in professional organizations is a great way to stay up-to-date on new technology, tools, and best practices in your field. Professional organizations are also a great networking opportunity. Below are a few professional organizations you may be interested in.
American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Educational Foundation for Women in Accounting
Foundation for Continuing Education
International Federation of Accountants
The Institute of Internal Auditors
Institute of Management Accountants
AICPA Fair Value Measurements Workshop
March 19-20, 2015
New York, N.Y.
AICPA Not-for-Profit Industry Conference
June 15-17, 2015
National Harbor, Md.
IMA's 96th Annual Conference and Exposition
June 20-24, 2015
Los Angeles, Calif.
Introduction to the purposes of financial accounting statements and the recognition, measurement, and disclosure concepts and methods underlying financial statements. Focus is on using and interpreting financial statements and on understanding the impact of transactions and events on financial statements and financial ratios. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: MATH110, MATH111 or MATH225)
Pre Reqs: College Algebra(MATH110),College Trigonometry(MATH111),Calculus(MATH225)
A continuation of Accounting I, this course includes study of managerial concepts, analysis of financial statements, internal controls, and contemporary accounting standards, practices, and issues. Students must have access to Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel software. (Prerequisite: ACCT100).
Pre Reqs: Accounting I(ACCT100)
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This course is a study of the concepts and technology trends essential to office productivity applications. Students will explore the principles, practices, features, and functions of the word processing application in the Microsoft Office 2013 Suite. The course will be taught with a mixture of analytical methods and practical exercises. Students will use Microsoft Word to create and format documents; and use lists, themes, mail merge, watermarks, templates, graphics, navigation tools, tables, charts, citations and bibliographies This course uses the Discover Office 2013 Comprehensive Online courseware that does not require installations on individual computers. Students will participate in an engaging learning experience that aligns with Microsoft’s Exam. The course content maps to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS): Microsoft Office Word 2013 Certification.
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
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