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Accounting
Bachelor of Arts Major, Minor


The curriculum for the major in accounting is designed with the principal goal of developing a level of technical competence necessary to prepare the student for a career as a professional accountant. The required course work provides the student with the minimum educational requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination and other similar professional accounting certifications.

This program has also been designed to provide the student with a broad educational background which emphasizes social responsibility and professional service. Major course work has been designed to build on the student’s liberal arts foundation course work that emphasizes reading, writing, mathematics, research, and critical thinking and problem-solving skills to accomplish these objectives.

The Accounting student will:

1. Demonstrate competencies in the core areas of research, problem solving, statistical analysis, computer skills, mathematics, oral communication and writing.

2. Apply ethical reasoning to decision making and demonstrate personal and team leadership skills.

3. Exhibit knowledge of the legal, regulatory, ethical and technological issues inherent in the global environment of business today.

4. Demonstrate skills necessary to progress in a career and/or pursue advanced studies.

5. Apply fundamental knowledge of economics, finance, information systems, accounting research, law, management, and international business to decision making.

6. Demonstrate an overall perspective of the basic elements of accounting theory, concepts and applications.

Bachelor of Arts  Major Requirements: 31 credit hours from these required accounting courses (ACCT): ACCT 20IS, 203, 204, 311, 316, 323, 324, 340, 350, 403, 465. And those pursuing the CPA should take at least 6 credit hours of the following: ACCT 317, 370, 413, 420 or ACCT Internship. In addition, BUAD 223, 225, 301, 330, 350, (or MATH 210), 429, MIS 220 and ECON 210, 211 are required. The following courses offered by other departments also are required for accounting majors: MATH 200 (or MATH 360 or SOCY 341), PHIL 212, WRTG 225, and SPEC 111.

Students interested in completing 150 credit hours for CPA examination at Briar Cliff University may consult with their accounting faculty for the requirements.

Minor Requirements: Minimum of 21 credit hours in Accounting including the following: ACCT 203, 204, 323, and 324.

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