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Accounting

120
Total Credit Hours
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Why study Accounting at APSU?

Accounting is one out of five of the most in demand degrees according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Accounting provides the information necessary for evaluating the present and planned activities of complex organizations. It includes diverse services to individuals, business entities, and governments at all levels. Professional accountants develop and apply their skills in auditing, taxation, management policy, information systems, computer operations, and many other areas. As a result, accounting is currently a leading growth profession throughout the world. With instant communication facilities, easy international travel, and expanding world trade, accounting services have grown in scope and importance. Many Certified Public Accountant (CPA) firms and companies have extensive international operations.

What will I learn?

Professional accounting careers are open to men and women of all nationalities and creeds. Success requires motivation, a commitment to service, and skill in communication and analysis. Also important are the abilities to work well with others, to think abstractly, and to solve problems systematically.

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. 

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.

What Do Accounting Majors Do After Graduation?

Professional accounting careers are open to men and women of all nationalities and creeds. Success requires motivation, a commitment to service, and skill in communication and analysis. Also important are the abilities to work well with others, to think abstractly, and to solve problems systematically.

The presidents and board chairs of many of the nation's largest corporations are accountants. Other business leaders with accounting backgrounds include financial vice presidents, treasurers, controllers, budget directors, internal auditors, cost analysts, and tax specialists.

Few career fields offer as wide a variety of positions as accounting. Every institution, regardless of its size or organization, has an accounting function and requires the services of skilled professionals. 

  • U.S. Department of Labor Accounting/Auditor
  • Public Accountant
  • Auditing
  • Management Accounting
  • Bill Collector
  • Loan Officer
  • Bank Branch Manager
  • Management Advisory Services
  • Tax Advisory Services
  • Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Brokerage Counselor
  • Credit Analyst
  • Tax Preparer 

Professional Licensure Disclosure

Students should be aware that licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state and are subject to change. Licensing agencies or boards also may have requirements in addition to an earned degree. APSU has not made a determination whether APSU’s programs will meet all of the licensure and certification requirements in each US state or territory.  APSU recommends that students who are not Tennessee residents or who plan to seek licensure or certification outside the state of Tennessee contact the appropriate licensing agency or board before they enroll in an academic program designed to lead to licensure or certification and discuss their plans with an advisor.

Please visit the Professional Licensure Disclosure webpage to review specific licensure information for your state and academic program.

Wesley Gray

Wesley Gray

Business major

As a member of the Austin Peay cross country and track teams, a cadet in the University ROTC program and a Business student, Wesley Gray's schedule has him on the run – literally.

But with APSU’s online classes, Gray’s time management becomes a bit simpler.

“I love online classes,” he said, estimating about half his classes are online. “They fit my practice schedule, and it’s easier when I travel.

“APSU has allowed me to grow as an individual and opened many career paths along the way,” he said. “College has taught me how to adapt my schedule during overwhelming times in order to produce quality work, and the business professors I have had made it possible for me to be a student-athlete and an ROTC cadet.”