Why study Accounting at Coastal Georgia?
The College of Coastal Georgia has an innovative curriculum, a highly-regarded and caring faculty, and a supportive business community. This degree focuses on preparing students for not just a job, but a career, by providing a curriculum that prepares students for future graduate studies or immediate entry into the profession. Students will participate in a required internship that will allow them to connect with the business community and see firsthand how their coursework relates to the profession.
What will I learn?
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a challenging program of study intended to prepare students to become experts in the fields of accounting or business, and is useful for a variety of objectives. The College's program includes courses in financial, managerial, non-profit, governmental accounting, as well as auditing and taxation. The value contributed by individuals educated in these fields focuses on students' ability to participate in the analysis and decision-making process.
What can I do when I graduate?
Accounting is the language of business and is found in almost every industry in the world. The need for accountants and their skillset continues to grow, and also provides a link into other areas of business.
Career fields that rely on an accounting and business educational foundation include banking and insurance in the finance industries, purchasing, planning and estimating in manufacturing and service organizations, and traditional accounting and finance positions for organizations in the private, public, or non-profit sectors of the economy. The following is a partial list of positions Accounting students may find available upon graduation:
- Staff accountants in private business, non-profit organizations, or government agencies
- Manager and director level positions such as controllers, director of accounting, etc.; Auditors in private, government, and non-profit sectors
- Budget or financial analysts
- Cost estimators
- Treasury and investment managers
- Personal financial advisors
- IRS agents and examiners
- Management analysts (i.e., consultants)
- Top senior level executives such as the chief financial officer (CFO) and chief executive officer (CEO).
There are also several professional certifications or licenses available to Accounting students upon graduation. They include the following:
- Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
- Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA)
- Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
- Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
- Certified Government Finance Manager (CGFM)
- Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
- Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP)
This list is not exhaustive, as there are many other, more specialized designations, depending on career goals and objectives.
Alumni Spotlight: Haley M. Miller, CPA:
"Coastal Georgia helped me figure out that I wanted to be an accountant. The education I got there prepared me for the rest of my career, including passing the CPA exam. In April, I finally received my license, and I know without a doubt that Coastal Georgia helped me accomplish that goal."