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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting B.B.A.

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Bachelor of Business Administration Degree
Coles College of Business, School of Accountancy
(770) 423-6084

The faculty of the School of Accountancy strives to be a team of creative, highly qualified professionals dedicated to preparing students for entry-level opportunities and long-term career success. The faculty also makes meaningful contributions to the professional and academic accounting communities.

Accounting provides the tools to measure, interpret and communicate economic information for decision-making. A basic understanding of financial and managerial accounting information is necessary for all business majors. Accounting majors develop their knowledge of accounting within the framework of accounting information systems. The development of a student’s technical, communication, computer, critical-thinking, problem-solving, teamwork, and leadership skills are critical consequences of the program.

Upon graduation, Accounting majors have a wide range of job opportunities. Many go into public practice (CPA firms), which involves independent auditing, accounting, consulting and tax services provided to clients. This is the traditional path for becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Others choose private accounting, becoming financial, tax, systems or managerial accountants or internal auditors in business and industry. Still others enter the specialized fields of not-for-profit or governmental accounting. Accounting also serves as a solid background for graduate work in any business area or law. Many find rewarding lifetime careers in Accounting; others use it as a stepping-stone to high-level management positions. The State of Georgia requires everyone who wishes to be licensed as a CPA to have five years of education (150 semester hours), including a baccalaureate degree. Completion of 123 hours is required to earn the Bachelor’s degree; hence 27 additional hours are needed to become a CPA. While these can be undergraduate hours, the faculty recommends that prospective CPAs earn a specialized Master’s degree in Accounting to satisfy the five-year requirement.

All business majors must meet the Coles College Sophomore GPA Requirement and be admitted to the Coles College Undergraduate Professional Program. In addition, all business majors must earn a grade of “C” or better in all business courses counted toward their degree.


General Education (42 Credit Hours)

(see listing of requirements) 

University-Wide Fitness For Living Requirement (3 Credit Hours)

Upper Division Major Requirements (45 Credit Hours)

Business Electives (9 Credit Hours)

  • Nine hours of credit from upper-division (3000/4000) course offerings outside the major, but inside the Coles College of Business. ACCT courses cannot be used here. (A maximum of nine hours of credit in Accounting Co-Ops and Internships may be used in this area. Co-Ops and Internships cannot be used in any other area.) See a Coles Staff Advisor before taking MGT courses to count here - some MGT courses cannot be used here.


Non-Business Electives (6 Credit Hours)

  • Six hours of credit from any lower-division (1000/2000) or upper-division (3000/4000) non-business courses offered at Kennesaw State.

Program Total (123 Credit Hours)

Guidance for Selecting Electives

Students should select their two (2) Major Field Elective courses and their Business electives and Non-Business electives after careful consideration of career and/or graduate school aspirations. Discussions with faculty are advisable. Students are encouraged to review the required knowledge and skills for accounting certifications and licensure when selecting their Major Field Electives. Popular accounting certifications include CPA (Certified Public Accountant; http://www.nasba.org), CMA (Certified Management Accountant; http://www.imanet.org), and CIA (Certified Internal Auditor; http://www.theiia.org).


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