Management and Accounting
Professors Stratton (Chair), Koprowski, Manns; Associate Professors Burris, Hester; Assistant Professors Clark Muntean, Davtyan, Shields; Lecturers Cole, Hughes, Turpen
The study of organizations is a liberal art and as such our students explore phenomena from multiple disciplines to identify, critically examine, and solve complex problems facing organizational decision makers and the citizenry. The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International) accredits our two undergraduate degree programs in management and accounting. Both are designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge necessary to be empathetic and productive citizens prepared for graduate studies and careers in the non-profit, business, and government sectors. Through a combination of courses taught inside and outside of the department, students majoring in management have an opportunity to explore a variety of advanced special areas of study such as entrepreneurship, finance, global business, human resource management, leadership, marketing or business analytics. Beyond their core courses, accounting students may explore advanced topics in non-profit and governmental accounting, income taxation, corporate tax, and accounting theory, among others.
We develop lifelong learners, critical thinkers, and effective communicators who understand that learning is a collaborative, reflective process requiring the integration and synthesis of knowledge, skill, and practice. Students develop an appreciation for diversity and inclusion, a strong orientation toward ethics and social responsibility, and an in-depth understanding of the interconnected and interdependent nature of the global environment in which organizations exist. We capitalize on our small size to facilitate collaborative and intellectual interactions among students and faculty. This active learning enables students to become effective leaders and contributors to their professional and social environments. The faculty supports this mission by innovative teaching, impactful scholarly activity, and meaningful engagement with the University, the local and regional communities, and their respective disciplines. Our students and graduates support the mission through active learning, research, and participation in service to the University, the State of North Carolina, and our local and global communities.
Bachelor of Science in Management
A Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Management is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in a variety of complex organizational environments. This degree program also prepares students for advanced study in business, public administration, and law. The core courses focus on the functional areas of management and leadership whereby students develop skills in the following areas: critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, interpersonal relations, oral and written communication, and information technology. Additional content in ethical decision-making and global contexts is integrated throughout the core curriculum. Students learn beyond the classroom through our project-based internship program, in faculty-mentored undergraduate research collaborations, in short- or long-term study abroad, or in an advanced consulting practicum. Students also have the opportunity to explore a variety of subject areas related to the study of management and organizations in upper-level elective courses.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Accounting is known as the language of business, but all organizations need to speak the language in order to measure their performance and achieve their goals. The accounting program at UNC Asheville is designed to help students speak the language fluently and understand the various environments and organizations where it is applied. The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting provides students with the essential knowledge and skills to follow any career path in accounting or management. The degree requirements emphasize the mission-driven skills of communication, critical thinking, problem solving, and life-long learning. Global considerations, issues of sustainability, ethics, and technology are integrated throughout the curriculum. The degree facilitates students acquiring the credit hours of accounting necessary to sit for the CPA exam in North Carolina. Students considering this career path should be aware that there might be additional education and experience requirements necessary to become a CPA after passing the exam.