Accounting - Southwestern Illinois College


The Southwestern Illinois College offers both an Associate in Arts Degree and an Associate in Applied Science Degree in accounting.

The Associate in Arts Degree focuses on business studies to prepare you to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting, typically at a four-year college or university.

The provides students with the opportunity to take advantage of current technologies and highly qualified instructors to obtain an excellent foundation for further study in business.

SWIC also offers an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Accounting for students interested in entry-level accounting positions, or for a career as a full-charge bookkeeper.


The Accounting pre-major prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and continue for a baccalaureate degree.


If you are planning to transfer to a four-year college or university to major in Accounting, we strongly encourage you to consult with a SWIC Advisor prior to enrolling each semester. Enrollment in many transfer classes is based on your score on the assessment placement test and/or your fulfillment of course prerequisites. We also advise you to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements of the four-year institution where you plan to transfer.

Refer the college catalog’s section for an Associate in Applied Arts in Accounting for general education prerequisites and other course recommendations.

To graduate, earn at least 64 transferable credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00, however, many transfer institutions require a higher GPA for admission to the institution and/or specific majors.

Career Opportunities

A variety of careers are open to students who graduate witha bachelor’s degree in accounting including:

  • Certified Public Accountant (requires an additional 30 hours and successful completion of the Uniform CPA Exam)
  • Corporate accountant
  • Financial analyst
  • Forensic accountant
  • Government accountant (e.g., IRS, FBI)
  • Internal auditor
  • Management consultant
  • Public accountant
  • Sports/entertainment accountant
  • Tax accountant
Other Applications

Students with an Associate in Arts Degree in Accounting are are prepared to pursue graduate degrees in these same fields or in other fields such as law, public policy or social sciences.

Illinois Articulation Initiative

SWIC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI), which guarantees that students who successfully complete the requirements for an Associate in Arts degree with a business emphasis will receive full credit for all of their courses when they transfer to most public colleges and universities in the state of Illinois.

Contact Us

Dawn Peters Department Chair
Dawn Peters, Department Chair
(618) 222-5487

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