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What is Accounting?
Keeping businesses and organizations responsible for the money they have, earn, save, and spend is the primary focus of the accounting profession. Although accounting involves numbers, you don’t need to be a math expert to excel in this field.
Accounting involves analyzing and reporting financial transactions to improve business performance. Accounting majors learn how to create and interpret financial documents such as balance sheets and income statements. They can also choose to learn forensic accounting (applying scientific knowledge to a legal problem), which involves investigating and solving property crimes by studying financial reports.
The AOE accounting program provides a broad-based education that teaches you to measure, process, and communicate financial and non-financial data to help stakeholders make financial decisions within different contexts, including for-profit, nonprofit, as well as governmental entities.
The program is especially well-suited for students planning to work in a family business, go into business for themselves, or who are uncertain about their specific job goals after graduation. Many of our graduates find employment positions in CPA firms, corporations, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.
Upon completion of the program, you will be well prepared for entry-level accounting positions, or to sit for professional examinations such as the Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Management Accountant (CMA), and Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) exams.
The accounting program is also a stepping-stone to graduate-level work, offering excellent preparation for post-graduate programs such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy, or law school degrees.
AOE offers Accounting BBA and BAS degree tracks. View details for each track →
Accounting Program Learning Outcomes
The accounting degree options are designed to be flexible, consisting of courses that prepare you for a variety of business and accounting career options after graduation. Accounting education learning outcomes emphasize:
- Demonstrating basic knowledge of the functional areas of finance and accounting.
- Developing written, oral, and critical thinking skills to communicate well in a business environment.
- Understanding the philosophy of business principles of management.
- Developing basic knowledge of marketing, management information systems, and quantitative methods.
- Understanding the basics of micro and macroeconomics.
- Knowledge of the principles and applications of taxation, cost accounting, and auditing.
- Developing networking and collaboration skills (teamwork).
- Solving problems using logic, creativity, and/or methodologies appropriate to the field.
- Developing a personal framework for ethical decision-making.
- Demonstrating basic knowledge of broader world business issues.
The Adult and Online Education Accounting program provides you with a broad knowledge base in several core areas of business, finance, and accounting to prepare you for entry-level accounting jobs, professional certification exams, or graduate study.
- Leverage the flexibility of taking your accounting classes online or, depending on the degree option, at our Raleigh or military base campuses — in a program specifically designed for the needs of online and adult learners.
- Benefit from accelerated 8-week terms that allow you to complete your degree sooner and put your new skills to work faster.
- Learn from faculty who bring real-world professional experience and expertise in online instruction, and who can provide guidance on professional paths.
- Get a more personal experience with smaller class sizes, allowing greater connection/interaction with your instructors.
Take advantage of Campbell’s in-house Career Center to connect you with tools and resources to help land valuable internships and full-time employment after graduation.
Accounting Degree Options
Campbell Adult and Online Education offers two options for earning an accounting degree that fits your professional goals or previous coursework experience: the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Accounting. Both options are available online or on campus.
The Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Accounting curriculum consists of courses to prepare you for entry-level work in accounting and business-related jobs, professional certification, career advancement, or graduate-level work.
Online | Fort Liberty | Camp Lejeune | Raleigh
Credit Hours:Explore BBA Curriculum Plan
The Bachelor of Applied Sciences (BAS) in Accounting option offers similar preparation to the BBA, but is designed for students who already hold an associate degree in applied science or business, or eligible students who have qualifying applied science credits from a military service school.
Online | Camp Lejeune | Raleigh
Credit Hours:Explore BAS Curriculum Plan
Courses You Will Take
- Financial Accounting
- Managerial Accounting
- Philosophy of Business
- Corporate Finance
- Management Info Systems
- Principles of Marketing
- Quantitative Methods
Skills You Will Learn
- Financial analysis
- Business communication
- Critical thinking
- Ethical thinking
- Management, BBA
- Master of Business Administration Online
- Business, AA
Accounting graduates find excellent job opportunities, even in volatile economic environments. An accounting degree opens career opportunities in accounting firms, private business and industry, federal, state, and local government, and other related fields such as banking and financial services. Potential job opportunities exist in:
- Financial services
- Government agencies
- Human Resource departments
- Import/export firms
- Industrial firms
- General management
- Public Relation firms