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Accounting Associate Degree program curriculum

Our program is set apart by its competitive tuition, its online learning model, and—most of all—its job-focused curriculum. The Accounting Associate Degree program curriculum provides a well-rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized classes in the accounting discipline. Each course is developed with the input of industry professionals to ensure exceptional career relevance and prepare graduates for real-world success.

Semester 1

OR110 - Achieving Academic Excellence 

Achieve your true potential! This course will help you sharpen existing skills, build on your strengths, and discover the best ways to learn. You will identify your learning styles, learn new behaviors to ensure college success and maximize your learning as you complete your program of study.
Credit Hours: 3

C10 - Introduction to Computers  

Introduction to Computers provides students with foundational skills and knowledge needed for today's technology-based careers. Students learn the components of systems—from the CPU and memory to input devices and peripherals—and how these components interact with an operating system to perform critical tasks. Keeping current with fast-changing computer technologies, this course will discuss the computer technologies today that are allowing the creation of a virtualized mobile workforce. It will explore how computers connect to the Internet, what services can be found online, and what dangers exist in the form of viruses, Trojans, and other malware. The course will also familiarize the student with the basics of today's office productivity applications and help to establish a foundation for working with these different types of applications, including spreadsheets, word processors, and presentation-creation tools.
Credit Hours: 3

EN120 - English Composition I  

This course offers an introduction to basic writing skills that is especially relevant to academic assignments. It focuses on paragraph development and organization in conjunction with a review of basic grammar and mechanics. The course also covers the construction of multi-paragraph essays, the development of writing style and tone, and techniques for critically editing and revising one's work.
Credit Hours: 3

SO245 - Social Impact of Technology  

This course examines the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues. Topics covered include technological progress within society, issues of energy use and creation, positive and negative environmental impacts of technology, the use of technology in war and politics, social responsibility, personal health, and economic development.
Credit Hours: 3

A01 - Introduction to Accounting  

This course reviews the fundamentals of double-entry bookkeeping and the debit/credit method of recording transactions. The bookkeeping cycle, from recording transactions to preparing financial statements, is included. Emphasis is placed on service concerns operating as sole proprietorships.
Credit Hours: 3
Prerequisite for BU330

Semester 2

EN130 - English Composition II  

This course provides an introduction and extensive guidelines for writing multi-paragraph essays in a college environment. In this way, EN130 will help you to better comprehend and assimilate the wide range of written communications that are vital to professional callings in commerce, industry, government, law enforcement, and healthcare—not to mention reports, documents, essays, and books associated with the universe of academic disciplines and the various areas of scientific research. For, as it turns out, the basics of the writing process apply to all forms of academic and professional communications.
Prerequisite for C02
Credit Hours: 3

General Education Elective (Science 100-200 Level)   C01 - Introduction to Business  

This course offers a broad overview of the business world for both business and non-business majors. It is an introduction to the business environment, business ownership, management, marketing, technology and information, and finance.
Credit Hours: 3

A02 - Principles of Accounting I  

Basic principles of financial accounting are studied as a foundation for more advanced study and vocational skill. Areas of emphasis include cash, payroll, and accounting for merchandizing businesses.
Credit Hours: 3

A03 - Principles of Accounting II  

A continuation of the study of basic financial accounting principles as a foundation for more advanced study and vocational skill. Areas of emphasis include acquisition, depreciation, and disposal of long term assets, receivables and payables, inventory, partnerships, corporations, long-term liabilities, the statement of cash flows, financial statement analysis, and manufacturing accounting.
Credit Hours: 3

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Program Description

The Associate of Science in Accounting program is designed to provide students with a well- rounded education by combining a core set of general education courses with specialized courses in accounting. The program lays the foundation for a broad base of knowledge with general education courses in a variety of subject areas. In addition, courses within the program discipline, such as Introduction to Accounting, Principles of Accounting, and Intermediate Accounting, focus on preparing students for careers within the accounting field.

Program Objectives

After completing the Associate of Science in Accounting program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of an accounting information system,the steps of the accounting cycle, and the application of GAAP.
  2. Apply knowledge of accounting processes and financial management principles to business situations and managerial decision making.
  3. Discuss how accounting rules are established, how financial statements can be used, and the components of a multiple-step income statement.
  4. Demonstrate a foundation of business knowledge related to business ownership, marketing, risk management, and social responsibility.
  5. Identify and apply the fundamental principles of public speaking, speech criticism, audience analysis, and effective delivery techniques.
  6. Demonstrate a foundation of computer and information systems knowledge, technical skills, and a basic understanding of computer applications.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad implications of technological innovation on social organization in terms of personal, political, economic, and environmental issues.
  8. Demonstrate proficiency with English composition, including the ability to develop essays, revise and edit one's work, and conduct academic research.
  9. Demonstrate basic mathematical skill by describing mathematical reasoning and logic as the basis for data analysis, and by applying the major concepts of college-level algebra.
  10. Be prepared to enter Ashworth College’s bachelor’s degree programs without any additional academic preparation.

Your degree is just the beginning

Earning your Associate Degree in Accounting online might be the single most important step toward a successful career as an accountant—but it’s not the only step. As an Ashworth College student, you’ll have exclusive access to our full range of Career Tools. That includes one-on-one interview training with our expert advisors, as well as access to The Ashworth EDGE, which empowers you to build your personal brand and support your job search using the latest technology and social media techniques.

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