Small businesses, multinational corporations, and government agencies all rely on accounting professionals to handle business transactions and maintain financial records. The Cisco College Associate of Arts Degree with an emphasis in Accounting provides a solid foundation and pathway to pursue a Bachelor's Degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. Please see pages 64-65 of the Cisco College Course Catalog for more information.
What Can This Program Do For You
Potential Career Paths
- Accounting Assistant
- Accounts Payable Clerk
- Accounts Receivable Clerk
- Billing Clerk
- Budget Analyst
- Cost Accountant
- Financial Analyst
- Financial Examiner
- Inventory Specialist
- Payroll Clerk
- Securities Clerk
- Tax Accountant
- Tax Preparer
Links to the following websites are provided for your convenience and information and do not constitute official endorsement by Cisco College.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics ‘Occupational Outlook Handbook’ can help you find career information on duties, education and training, pay, and outlook for hundreds of occupations.
- Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, Career One Stop is a resource for career exploration, training, skill sets, wages & jobs.
Associate of Arts, General Studies - Accounting
Freshman Year First Semester Second Semester ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks
1 Social & Behavioral Science * 3 HIST 1301 US History I 3
HIST 1302 US History II
3 Life & Physical Science * 4 Life & Physical Science * 4 BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications 3 Creative Arts * 3 TOTAL 14 TOTAL 16 Sophomore Year First Semester Second Semester ACCT 2301 Principles of Financial Accounting 3 ACCT 2302 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3 MATH 1314 or 1324 3 MATH 1325 Calculus 3 ECON 2301 Macroeconomics 3 ECON 2302 or BUSI 1301 3 GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3 GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 Language, Philosophy, & Culture * 3 SPCH 1315 or 1321 3 TOTAL 15 TOTAL 15 TOTAL DEGREE HOURS 60
* See core curriculum course options.
Accreditation for Accountancy and Taxation (ACAT) offers four credentials and a certificate, as well as information on choosing a tax preparer with nationally recognized credentials, preparing for the Accredited Business Accountant (ABA) and Accredited Tax Preparer (ATP) exams and Continuing Professional Education requirements to maintain credentials.
The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) has information about careers in certified public accounting and CPA standards and examinations.
AICPA Student Affiliate Membership program is designed to help you from the earliest stages of your college career through passing the CPA exam and conducting a job search.
The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB) is the bookkeeping profession’s national association, whose mission is to achieve recognition of bookkeepers as accounting professionals; keep bookkeepers up to date on changes in bookkeeping, accounting and tax; answer bookkeepers’ everyday bookkeeping and accounting questions; and certify bookkeepers who meet high national standards. Founded in 1987, AIPB also provides information on obtaining the Certified Bookkeeper (CB) designation.
The Association of Government Accountants (AGA) serves government accountability professionals with professional development and certification opportunities and support of standards and research to advance government accountability.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) provides information on accredited business and accounting programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), serving governance professionals, has information on careers in information systems auditing and exams for the Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) designations.
The Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) offers information on careers in internal auditing and obtaining the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), Certification in Control Self-Assessment (CCSA), Certified Financial Services Auditor (CFSA) and Certified Government Auditing Professional (CGAP) designations. IIA will offer those exams using computer-based testing beginning in February 2008.
The Institute of Management Accountants (IMA) promotes the business-building role of management accountants and finance professionals working inside organizations and offers the Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a prestigious global certification.
The National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) provides information on CPA licensure requirements by state.
The Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants (TSCPA) is Texas' professional association for CPAs. Founded in 1915, TSCPA has more than 28,000 members in public practice, business and industry, government and education, and offers student memberships.
The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy has the responsibility and authority to regulate the practice of public accountancy in Texas through qualifications, licensing and enforcement and has information on the CPA exam and licensing renewal.
The thought of returning to college began as a daunting venture, but with the help of smaller class sizes and easy access to helpful professors, my educational experience at Cisco College was convenient, comfortable, and most importantly, worthwhile. Furthermore, the fact that Cisco College accomplished said comfortability without compromising its wide spectrum of core and elective class offerings allowed me to obtain an education tailored to my own interests.
– Tayler McBride