The bachelor of science (B.S.) in accounting educates you in accounting principles and practices within the wider business and societal context. You may also minor in accounting.
The degree also offers you preparation for continued graduate study and the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants); the Certified Management Accounting (CMA) examination (Institute of Management Accountants); the Certified Internal Auditor examination (Institute of Internal Auditors; and/or and the Enrolled Agent (Internal Revenue Service) examination.
The bachelor of science degree in accounting requires special courses as well as the Salem Signature general education requirement.
Required courses include principles of financial accounting, intermediate accounting I, II and III; cost accounting; accounting information systems; auditing, income taxation I and II; legal environment and professional ethics; and senior seminar in accounting.
You also will choose elective courses ranging from international accounting to business law, and from accounting for not-for-profit organizations to principles of marketing.
Your courses will be taught by faculty members Mike Cummings, Ron Cardwell, Dick Johe, Megan Silbert, Alyson Francisco, Eve Rapp and Ed Hartgrove. Faculty members will help you prepare for graduate study and/or sitting for professional examinations, beginning during the Jan Term of your senior year. The accounting program offers workshops and seminars that will help you determine which examination is right for you.
You will be equipped for graduate study, a career and/or sitting for one of the nationally recognized professional examinations. In North Carolina, the CPA exam may be started 120 days before your projected graduation date with a bachelor's degree in accounting. Your advisor will help you plan for this.
Accounting Major (B.S.)
The Bachelor of Science in accounting is intended to educate the student in accounting principles and practices within the wider business and societal context. The degree also offers preparation for continued graduate study and the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants), the Certified Management Accounting examination (Institute of Management Accountants), the Certified Internal Auditor examination (Institute of Internal Auditors) and the Enrolled Agent examination (Internal Revenue Service).
In North Carolina, the Certified Public Examination (CPA) may be started 120 days before the student’s projected graduation date for a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Accordingly, students who aspire to become CPAs should begin preparing for the CPA exam during January Term and plan to sit for parts of the CPA exam during the final semester of the degree or shortly thereafter. Detailed eligibility and examination rules are available from the websites of the North Carolina Board of CPA Examiners and the American Institute of CPAs. Students are advised to include the cost of a commercial intensive CPA review course and CPA testing fees as part of their educational costs for their senior year. At the beginning of the senior year, students are advised to visit the office of the Director of Financial Aid to determine whether or not scholarship, grant, and government student loan funds are available for CPA review and examination costs.
At least five accounting courses must be completed at Salem. Students cannot receive course credit for both ACCT 130 (Principles of Managerial Accounting) and ACCT 160 (Cost Accounting).
For a minor in accounting, six course credits are required. A minimum of three courses must be taken at Salem.
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