The major in accounting includes required courses in financial and managerial accounting, and electives in more specialized courses including financial statement analysis, auditing, and taxation. The program includes tracks for accounting majors who plan to become practicing accountants or auditors and for accounting/finance double majors who plan to work in the securities industry. The major provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in business law, tax law, and economics. Graduates have pursued careers with a wide variety of organizations, including public accounting firms, not-for-profit and government agencies, corporations, investment banks, hedge funds, and private equity firms.  

Required Courses for Accounting Major

  • ACCT-201: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT-202 : Intermediate Accounting II

Three Electives, Which Could Include:

  • ACCT-211: Accounting and Management Strategy
  • ACCT-221: Federal Income Taxation: Individuals 
  • ACCT-222: Federal Income Taxation: Business Entities
  • ACCT-243: Financial Statement Analysis 
  • ACCT-251: Advanced Accounting 
  • ACCT-261: Governmental and International Accounting 
  • ACCT-271: Auditing 
  • OPIM-258: Decision Support Systems

Students planning to sit for the CPA examination should consult the Undergraduate Program Office, the accounting faculty, and their state Boards of Accountancy regarding specific requirements.  All states require 150 hours of education and have specific requirements for accounting courses. It is entirely possible (and recommended) to complete 150 hours upon graduation by planning early in your college career.  Few states will allow a candidate for the CPA to take the examination with only 26 credit hours of preparation (including Accounting I and II), and many states require as many as 30 or more hours of accounting courses. Many potential CPA candidates will have to take several accounting electives in addition to the required five courses.