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Accounting

Accounting has often been called the language of business.

Accounting is an ongoing process of identifying important information about a business or other entity, then measuring, recording and maintaining the information in an accounting system. Accounting has often been called the language of business because it provides information about business enterprises to managers and other employees, investors, creditors, regulators and the public. This process is carried out in accordance with generally accepted principles, laws and regulations, and ethical standards.

Accountants work with businesses of every size to set up and maintain the systems that collect and report information about business activity. Coastal Carolina University offers the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with the accounting major. The accounting program offers two areas of focus: CMA concentration and the CPA concentration, both of which prepare students for careers in auditing, finance, tax, fraud detection, management and government (see Areas of Study tab below). Students successfully completing the accounting major will have competancies in both financial and cost accounting.

You may be a good fit for a career in accounting if any of the following describe your interests or attributes:

  • Ethics
  • Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Organizational Skills
  • Critical Thinking
  • Detail Oriented
  • Mathematical Skills
  • Money
  • Law
  • Business
The Student Experience

The E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration is accredited by AACSB International, the premier accrediting body for business colleges.

Students have the opportunity to work as interns during college, and many participate in volunteer work with the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

The Lambda Kappa Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi is Coastal Carolina University's honor organization for accounting students and professionals. There are more than 300 chapters on college and university campuses with more than 300,000 members initiated since Beta Alpha Psi's formation.

Beyond the Classroom

Recent graduates of the CCU accounting program have taken jobs with public accounting firms like Deloitte and Touche, Pricewaterhousecoopers, and local and regional firms as auditors and tax experts. Others work in the corporate finance area, are self-employed as CPAs, work in the U.S. State Department, the criminal investigation division of the Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration. Students have the opportunity to work as interns during college, and many participate in volunteer work with the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program.

For students who wish to continue their education, Coastal Carolina University offers a specialized Master of Accountancy (MAcc) with taxation and audit concentrations.

Areas of Study
Areas of concentration

CMA - Certified Management Accountant
CPA 
- Certified Public Account

Sample courses
  • Intermediate Accounting I, II and III    
  • Auditing
  • Accounting Systems and Data Processing    
  • Income Taxation for Business Entities
  • Commercial Law
  • Individual Income Taxation
  • Cost Accounting
  • Controllership

For a full list of courses, view the University Catalog »

Information

Gregory Krippel, Ph.D.
Professor of Accounting
Chair, D. Wyatt Henderson Department of Accounting
Wall College of Business 301H
843-349-2643
krippel@coastal.edu

Academic Advisers         
Wall Center for Excellence
843-349-4187 
wallcntr@coastal.edu 

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