Enter the world of Accounting - Southwestern Illinois College

Pre-Major Program


This Associate in Arts degree focuses on business studies to prepare you to transfer to obtain a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

Community college students who want to pursue a career in accounting generally choose to continue their education by seeking a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university.

The Southwestern Illinois College Business program in accounting 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. For information, visit AAS degree program.


SWIC participates in the Illinois Articulation Initiative, 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.


Students who receive an Associate in Arts degree at SWIC and go on to pursue a bachelor’s degree from a four-year college will have the educational background to succeed in a variety of business-related careers including management, finance, accounting, marketing and economics. They also are prepared to pursue graduate degrees in these same fields or in other fields such as law, public policy or social sciences. The course guidelines listed in the link below represent a typical sequence of courses that generally works well for students who want to major in business. However, enrollment in some courses is contingent on satisfying prerequisite requirements; therefore, some students may need to take additional courses not listed in these guidelines to satisfy the prerequisites.

For more information about this program, please contact Department Chair Dawn Peters at 618-235-2700, ext. 5487 or dawn.peters@swic.edu.


Accounting courses are useful to everyone in business. A major in accounting may lead to careers in business, industry or government. The AA degree in accounting prepares students to transfer to a four-year college or university and continue for a baccalaureate degree.

  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Controller
  • Assistant Controller
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Analyst
  • Internal Auditor
  • Investment Banker
  • IRS Agent
  • Management Consultant
  • Tax Accountant

Contact Dawn Peters, Department Chair, at (618) 222-5487 or Dawn.Peters@swic.edu.


For more information, please fill out the contact form.