• systems for recording, presenting, and interpreting financial accounts and data for businesses, organizations, and government

  • have internship opportunities in the 2nd largest banking city in the U.S.
  • learn best practices in accounting
  • focus on ethics and communication as well as functional areas of accounting

  • have well developed math skills
  • approach challenges and processes analytically
  • are detail oriented and organize information well

  • corporate accounting
  • auditing for public or private firms
  • taxation or government work
  • law or graduate studies
  • banking and finance positions

Department Mission:

Our mission is to build on a liberal arts and business education foundation to provide students with accounting knowledge and skills. Exemplifying Benedictine hospitality, we welcome a diverse body of students and provide them with an education that fosters an appreciation of their ethical, social, and public responsibility. This will enable them to lead lives of integrity, to succeed professionally, and to become responsible citizens.

Departmental Goals:

The general goals of the Department of Accounting are to offer students a solid foundation in accounting fundamentals and to contribute to the development of the student’s ability to think critically, exercise judgment, make decisions, and communicate effectively in a complex and rapidly changing business environment. That is, students should be able to understand and evaluate accounting information. The department has the following specific goals for students majoring in accounting:

  1. To understand fundamental accounting principles and theory
  2. To understand the importance of effective communication skills and to be able to analyze, organize, and communicate information effectively
  3. To engage in practical professional experiences and career exploration

With an accounting degree, graduates can pursue careers as professional accountants in public, private, and non-profit organizations, as well as in business fields, such as banking and financial management. The degree can also serve as a basis for graduate study in numerous areas—such as accounting, taxation, business administration, public administration, education, and law. Graduates can also pursue professional designations such as CPA, CMA, CIA, CFM and CFE. Requirements to sit for the CPA exam vary by state and students should consult the State Board of CPA Examiners in the state in which they wish to practice. Accounting graduates who meet the residency requirements of the North Carolina State Board of Certified Public Accounting Examiners are eligible to sit for the CPA examination upon graduation; licensure requires completion of 150 credit hours. Thus, although the B.A. offers a solid foundation in accounting, students who are planning to pursue the CPA certification are strongly encouraged to pursue a graduate degree.

B.A. in Accounting (Traditional students)
(This option is available for traditional students only.) To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: AC 211 and AC 212. In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:

Major Requirements:

  • AC 211 – Principles of Financial Accounting
  • AC 212 – Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • AC 311 – Intermediate Accounting I
  • AC 312 – Intermediate Accounting II
  • AC 321 – Advanced Accounting
  • AC 331 – Managerial Accounting I
  • AC 360 – Accounting Information Systems
  • AC 341 – Auditing I
  • AC 401 – Federal Income Tax I
  • AC 407 – Accounting Seminar

A “C” (2.00) average or above in all Accounting courses is required for graduation.

Other Required Courses:

  • BU/CS 265 – Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • BU 300 – Management
  • AC/BU 306 – Quantitative Analysis
  • BU 310 – Finance
  • AC/BU 412 – Legal Environment of Business
  • BU 315 – Business Communications
  • BU 407 – Seminar, Strategic Management
  • EC 202 – Introductory Economics II (micro)
  • General elective hours

Although an internship is not required, it is strongly recommended. For a B. A. degree, no more than four (4) Accounting courses and three (3) business courses may be transfer credit taken at another institution. It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

B.A. in Accounting (ADP students)
(This option is available for Adult Degree Program students only.)  To be eligible for acceptance into the degree program, students must complete all of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: AC 211 and AC 212. Any ADP student who has not previously attended college or has not been enrolled full-time during the past three (3) years must enroll in AD101 Adult to College Transition. In addition to the other Core Curriculum requirements, the following are specific core requirements:

  • EC 201 – Introductory Economics I (macro)
  • MA 151 – College Algebra

Major Requirements:

  • AC 211 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 hours
  • AC 212 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 hours
  • AC 311 Intermediate Accounting I 3 hours
  • AC 312 Intermediate Accounting II 3 hours
  • AC 321 Advanced Accounting 3 hours
  • AC 331 Managerial Accounting I 3 hours
  • AC 332 Managerial Accounting II OR
  • AC 360 Accounting Information Systems 3 hours
  • AC 341 Auditing I 3 hours
  • AC 401 Federal Income Tax I 3 hours

One of the following:

  • AC 407 Accounting Seminar
  • BU 309 Marketing
  • BU 436 Operations Management
  • IB 310 International Business

A “C” (2.00) average or above in all Accounting courses is required for graduation. Other Required Courses:

  • BU/CS 265 Spreadsheet and Database Applications
  • BU 300 Management
  • AC/BU 306 Quantitative Analysis
  • BU 310 Finance
  • AC/BU 412 Legal Environment of Business
  • BU 315 Business Communications
  • BU 407 Seminar, Strategic Management
  • EC 202 Introductory Economics II (micro)
  • General Elective Courses

For a B. A. degree, no more than four (4) Accounting courses and three (3) business courses may be taken at another institution.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Minor in Accounting
Accounting 211 and 212 and three upper-level courses in Accounting (excluding AC 306 and AC 412). A grade of “C” or better must be earned in the courses taken for the minor. The majority of accounting courses cannot be transferred to be considered for a minor. Students considering a minor in Accounting should see the department chair for information about courses that best relate to his or her interests.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Double Major in Accounting and Business Management
For a double major in Accounting and Business Management, concentration courses cannot be in Accounting.

It is the student’s responsibility to see that all degree requirements for graduation are fulfilled.

Faculty:

Dr. Angela Blackwood - Chair & Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1970
C.P.A., 1972
M.B.A., University of North Carolina-Charlotte, 1980
D.B.A., Nova Southeastern University, 2002

Lynne Shoaf - Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., Indiana University, 1973
M.B.A., Indiana University, 1975 C.P.A., 1978

Irene Meares - Professor of Accounting
B.A., University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 1970
M.B.A., University of South Florida, 1982
C.P.A., New Mexico Public Accountancy Board, 1991
D.B.A., Argosy University, Sarasota, 2002

Amy Hargett - Lecturer of Accounting
B.S., University of South Carolina, 1998
M.A., Gardner Webb University, 2004
C.P.A., 2006

William Woody – Lecturer of Accounting
B.S., Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1974
B.S., University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 1989
M.B.A., University of North Carolina – Charlotte, 1980
C.P.A., 1992