Jan 19, 2021  
2013-2014 APU Catalog 
2013-2014 APU Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, A.A.

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The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in Accounting prepares students for entry level positions in the accounting field. In addition to Foundational Studies, AA students complete courses in bookkeeping, economics, and foundations of business. The degree is offered completely online and in the evening for the convenience of our adult student population. The AA degree in Accounting is appropriate for those entering the accounting profession, or those who work in the accounting field but desire to upgrade their skills. It is also an appropriate option for those students with less than 60 transfer credits who wish to advance to a bachelor’s degree.

Students completing the AA degree can apply for admission in to the Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Accounting, Business Administration and Management, or Human Services (check with Admissions or the Registrar’s Office for details regarding readmission to the BA program upon completion of the AA).  Courses completed in the AA can apply to BA degree requirements. 

The degree is designed to meet the following Professional Competencies:

  • Theory & Practices (T&P): Attain a foundational knowledge of the theories and practices of accounting
  • Functional Intergration (FI): Understand the different components of the accounting role in business and be able to articulate how it integrates with other business functions 
  • Written & Oral Communication (WOC): Establish written and oral communication skills for improved performance in the workplace
  • Quantitative Skills (Q): Establish quantitative skills for improved performance in the workplace and as a platform for additional quantitative skills acquisition

As a graduate, the student will earn an Associate of Arts degree with demonstrated achievement in APU’s Essential Competencies:  Effective Communication; Critical Thinking; Cultural & Historical Perspective; Scientific Inquiry; and Ethical Engagement.

Foundational Studies (32-36 credits)

  • EC Written Communication** (WRIT 10100) (4)
  • EC Presentation & Media Literacy (from 10000-20000 level COMM) (3-4)
  • CT Critical Thinking (from 10000-20000 level CRIT) (3-4)
  • CT Computation** (MT 10100, BAM 10500, or higher placement) (3-4)
  • CH Intercultural & Spiritual Understandings (from 10000-20000 level RS/CS) (3-4)
  • One of the following: CH Intellectual Traditions -or- CH Creative Endeavors (from 10000-20000 PH, HI, HUM) (4)
  • SI Biological/Physical Scientific Inquiry (from 10000-20000 level SC w/ lab) (4)
  • SI Social/Behavioral Scientific Inquiry (various) (3-4)
  • EE Social Responsibility (LS 10200) (2)
  • EE Personal Responsibility (from OS/PE or BAM 20400) (1-2)

             [†  Foundational Studies requirement satisfied in the Major Studies]

             [ **  Minimum grade of ‘C’ (defined as C+, C, C-) must be earned]

Minimum Graduation Credit Hour Requirement: 64

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