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This pathway prepares students for a degree in Business Administration. Students learn accounting principles within a business setting and apply this knowledge through coursework on law, economics and financial statements.
  • Guaranteed transfer with the A.A. degree (must be competitive for selective admissions options) to public Maryland school.
  • Seamless transfer to out of state schools if you work closely with an academic adviser.
  • Great merit based scholarship opportunities for high achieving community college students, at public and private schools.
  • Special transfer agreements to various schools.
  • Applied Calculus (MATH -132) and Introduction to Statistical Methods (MATH-115) are required for Business majors at many four-year schools.
  • Transfer schools may offer different tracks within their Business Department. Look for a school that offers the specialty area you want pursue. If you're uncertain about which area to pursue, look for a school that offers lots of options.

Career Strategies

Business Strategies

  • Consider completing the Bookkeeping Certificate, to gain experience while you continue your accounting degree.
  • Apply your accounting skills in the VITA program or other non-profit organizations
  • Develop excellent computer skills. Learn relevant software packages.
  • Accounting students should develop their analytical, critical-thinking and problem solving skills. They should also develop high ethical standards.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail are important traits for accountants.
  • Being bi-lingual give you the versatility to work for an international corporation.
  • Take classes outside of accounting in a related field (i.e. finance or budget analysis) to broaden your scope of knowledge.
  • Build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.

International Business Strategies

  • Seek cultural experiences in the community and on campus
  • Study world governments, economics and religions in class or via a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  • Become fluent in at least one additional language.

General Strategies

  • Treat school like a job: attend, be on time, complete assignments, etc.
  • Attend programs and activities sponsored by the Business Area of Study and related Areas of Study.
  • Volunteer your expertise in your specialization (accounting, marketing, etc.) at non-profit organizations; build a network of contacts in the non-profit sector.
  • Secure strong faculty recommendations; consider finding a mentor in your career area of interest.
  • Cultivate strong persuasion skills.  Learn how to communicate effectively with a wide range of people and build relationships.
  • Consider on-campus employment as a means to build your skills and your network of contacts.
  • Develop problem solving skills, self-confidence, assertiveness and empathy to deliver effective customer service.
  • Participate in leadership programs like the Leadership Challenge, Advanced Leadership Challenge as well as leadership positions in community organizations
  • Become comfortable with giving presentations. Take classes in communication and public speaking (e.g. Introduction to Speech Communication SPCH-101, Advanced Public Speaking SPCH -01, etc.).
  • Create your resume, social media and professional brand.
  • Develop your resume and online presence via Linked In, Facebook, Weebly, etc.
  • Follow blogs or websites of accomplished individuals you admire.
  • Talk to professionals in the industry; conduct informational interviews.
  • Gain experience through part-time, summer or internship positions in a business environment.
  • Follow businesses in your area of interest through Facebook, LinkedIn, Glassdoor and social media.
  • Develop strong teamwork skills from work or student organization(s) experiences.
  • Participate in service-learning events through classes or one-day volunteer programs (e.g. Cold Weather Shelter, Westminster Clean-up, etc.).
  • Develop excellent computer skills, including relevant software packages, from online tutorials, MOOCs or Carroll classes. .