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Accounting At Converse College

Are you inquisitive and detail-oriented? Do you find it exciting to tell the story of a company with numbers? Do you want a recession-proof job?

Consider a career in Accounting. Every company, from the newest biotech startup to a hundred-year-old bank, needs financial advisers to guide them in their business. Our Accounting major will prepare you for a career in private accounting, financial management, public accounting or graduate school.

Degrees Offered

  • BA in Accounting
  • BS in Accounting
  • Minor in Accounting

About Accounting

Accounting deals with the financial data needed to manage businesses in both the private and public sector.  Accounting professionals determine and communicate the financial operations of a business or organization. This field includes auditing, management accounting, financial accounting, international accounting, forensic accounting, tax accounting, and public-sector accounting.

Many accountants pursue Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification to diversify their job opportunities. CPAs may become entrepreneurs, starting their own accounting firms, or work as external auditors for major accounting firms. Others hold management positions in private companies, government and institutions.

  • Great local and regional internship opportunities
  • Our professors are real world practitioners turned educators
  • Hands-on learning through case studies with real companies
  • Build your resume and experience through local service learning projects
  • Opportunities to gain international experience through travel and research

Accounting ClassroomHands-On Projects

Many courses include opportunities for you to learn real-world skills on projects for local businesses, nonprofit organizations and campus offices. Recently Converse accounting students analyzed and made recommendations to improve accounting and information systems for a local clothing shop, a jewelry designer and a bail bonds office.

Internships

Spartanburg is home to more than 80 international companies from 19 countries and dozens of corporate headquarters. As a Converse Accounting major, you will have the advantage of being in close proximity to these highly desirable internship sites, including:

  • Dixon Hughes
  • Swaim Brown
  • Smith Barney
  • Ernst & Young
  • ScanSource
  • Pricewaterhouse
  • Coopers
  • Milliken

The accounting major is designed to prepare you for a career in industry, financial management, public accounting or graduate school. We recommend you consider taking additional courses beyond the major requirements including, but not limited to computer science, money and financial institutions, and other elective accounting and finance courses. You will be exposed to a variety of business ethics concepts and understand the depth of ethical dilemmas you will eventually face in the business world.

We offer either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with an Accounting major. You can also receive a Minor in Accounting.

Sample Courses

  • Accounting and Business Information Systems
  • American Legal System and Contracts
  • Tax Accounting
  • Business Organizations, Property, and Commercial Law
  • Auditing

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Accounting

When you graduate with a BA in Accounting you’ll be ready to become an accounting professional. You’ll express yourself well through both business writing and oral presentation. Our faculty will guide you through basic business, economic and accounting concepts and you will be able to prepare GAAP-based financial statements. You will also have basic knowledge of federal income tax and the capability to utilize critical thinking skills in solving analytical problems. You will also be prepared to sit for the CPA exam.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

In addition to the knowledge and skill sets mentioned above, if you earn a BS in Accounting you will gain broader knowledge of the business environment in which the accounting profession operates.  The difference between a BA and a BS degree is the level of quantitative analysis. Students planning on going to graduate school are encouraged to consider a BS degree.

Minor in Accounting

The Accounting minor is designed to complement other majors by providing a concentration in accounting that covers Intermediate, Financial, Cost and Tax areas. The minor is an excellent way to increase your employability and understanding of financial issues as well as to supplement your qualitative skills and critical reasoning abilities.

For full course requirements, see the academic catalog.

Our accounting graduates are currently working in banking, public accounting, manufacturing, service companies and attending graduate school.

What are common careers in Accounting?

  • Public Accounting Firms: Accounting, Auditing, and Tax Services
  • Government: Local, State and Federal Level
  • Corporations: Corporations big and small typically have an accounting group which prepares financial statements, tracks costs, handles tax issues, works on international transactions.
  • Education: Teacher, Professor, Controller, Finance officer, Researcher

What are Accounting alumnae doing?

Our accounting graduates are currently working for a wide variety of businesses or in local, state or the federal government. Many have gone on to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) or attend graduate programs for an MS in Accounting.

Grad Schools

  • Wake Forest University
  • Georgia State University
  • Georgetown University
  • The University of South Carolina
  • University of Texas
  • The University of Georgia
  • Winthrop University
Jessica Robinson

Jessica Robinson ‘13, Accounting major, is currently pursuing an MBA with a focus in accounting at Winthrop University. During her time at Converse, Jessica got on-the-ground experience while interning at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She was also a recipient of the WebsterRogers LLP Scholarship, awarded by the SC Association of CPAs.

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