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Business: Accounting

Associate of Applied Science
Business and Professional/Public Service

Why Study Accounting?

Accountants and auditors help ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time. Many accountants also offer budget analysis, financial and investment planning, information technology consulting, and limited legal services.

The AAS in Accounting will prepare students for entry level positions in accounting. Students pursuing this degree also have the opportunity to complete a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution in accounting or other business related fields. According to the Department of Labor, faster than average employment growth in this field will result from an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and greater scrutiny of company finances.

Occupational Objectives:

The AAS degree in Accounting prepares students for entry-level employment in all types of business firms including small businesses, large corporations and accounting firms. If a student decides to pursue their education at the baccalaureate level, additional general education courses will need to be completed at the transferring institution. Additional requirements are necessary for CPA eligibility.

5 Top Reasons

To Study Accounting at RCC

  1. VALUE: Affordable tuition, financial aid, scholarships.
  2. CAREER: Career Services Center provides assistance in locating internships and job opportunities both off and on-campus.
  3. FLEXIBILITY: Accommodates part-time study with work, family or other time commitments. On-campus childcare available.
  4. SUPPORT: Small class sizes, more individual attention, free tutoring.
  5. INTERNSHIPS: Credit-bearing internships include advertising agencies, media and financial institutions.

Sample Courses:

  • Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Computer Applications in Accounting
  • Business Law


Degree Sheets Program Guides Academics & Degrees Courses

Program Goals:

The degree provides students with a rigorous and dynamic interdisciplinary education that will attract, motivate and prepare students for the challenges facing accounting professionals. In addition, students will master effective written and oral communication; become active, informed citizens and leaders; and obtain an understanding of the ethical, racial, and gender issues in today’s business world.

Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply a comprehensive knowledge of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Use analysis, synthesis and evaluation skills to solve general accounting problems.
  • Understand accounting and business terminology used in business scenarios and be proficient with commonly used office software.
  • Perform accurately and apply fundamental accounting process to properly record and interpret business transactions resulting in the generation of financial statements.
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