Business Administration – Accounting

The accounting concentration is a unique program offering students the opportunity for a specialized area of study within the liberal arts environment. Traditionally, specialization in the liberal arts has been uncommon. A student interested in the accounting concentration must successfully complete the general education requirements in addition to the concentration work. The general education requirements give each PC student the opportunity to study in several different disciplines including mathematics, the physical sciences, the social sciences, and the fine arts.

Students concentrating in accounting begin their accounting course work during their sophomore year. They are required to complete fifty-four (54) hours of study in accounting and accounting-related courses within the department, including a four-hour course in statistics. Following is a schedule of courses and the semesters during which they are typically taken.

Business Administration Major with Concentration in Accounting

Sophomore Year

  • ECON 201 – Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECON 202 – Principles of Microeconomics
  • ACCT 203 – Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BADM 299 – Computer Applications for Business
  • BADM 307 – Marketing
  • BADM 315 – Management and Organizational Behavior

Junior Year

  • ACCT 311 – Intermediate Accounting
  • ACCT 312 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 328 – Cost Accounting
  • BADM 332 – Managerial Finance
  • STAT 319 – Introductory Statistics
  • Internship or International Travel Experience
  • 1 upper-level Accounting elective

Senior Year

  • ACCT 313 – Intermediate Accounting III
  • BADM 301- Business Law
  • BADM 351 – Operations Management
  • BADM 352 – Strategic Management
  • 1 upper-level Accounting elective
  • International Business Elective

Accounting students get plenty of hands-on experience as part of their coursework using the Jacobs Hall computer lab, with 18 computers, and our teaching theater, with 25 computers.

The best measure of a program’s success is the employment opportunities students find available upon graduation. Our students enter accounting positions in both public accounting and private industry. Many have successfully completed the CPA examination. Students wanting to enter the public accounting profession should be aware that individual states license CPAs. Most states have adopted a 150-hour education requirement that requires additional coursework beyond that required for an undergraduate degree. For example, the South Carolina Board of Accountancy has adopted the 150-hour requirement for licensure. Check with your state board of accountancy or contact one of the PC accounting faculty members for additional information on current requirements.

Whether they choose to enroll in graduate school or go straight into an accounting career, PC accounting graduates have a track record of success. Some of the firms and organizations that have hired our graduates include the following:

  • Ernst and Young
  • KPMG Peat Marwick
  • Deloitte and Touche
  • Elliott Davis
  • Larson Allen, CPA’s
  • Moore Colson
  • McGuireWoods, Attorneys
  • S.C. Department of Revenue
  • Wells Fargo
  • Naval Audit Service
  • Bank of America
  • Blackbaud

Some of our students choose to enter graduate programs specializing in accounting and taxation. Their undergraduate study at PC provides a solid foundation to pursue this additional study.