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Girard School of Business


Meet Your Major: Accounting

Often referred to as the “language of business,” the study of accounting helps you evaluate financial activities for individuals, corporations, nonprofit organizations and government entities.

In this program, you’ll become financially fluent as you develop the skills and knowledge you need to become an accountant, financial strategist or regulatory specialist. The carefully designed curriculum also prepares you for the Certified Public Accountant exam, enabling you to further your expertise in the areas of auditing, taxation, controllership, management advisory services and information systems.

What You’ll Learn

With an accounting concentration, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of accounting principles and real-world practices, from interpreting financial statements to creating million-dollar operating budgets.
  • Cultivate the technical skill set and reporting know-how required in today’s increasingly complicated and regulated financial marketplace.
  • Explore how resources are forecasted, budgeted and applied to goods and services.
  • Learn fundamental taxation concepts and principles, from income recognition to deductions to capital gains and losses, and how they apply to individuals, corporations and other taxable structures.
  • Develop the critical-reasoning and investigative abilities required to provide audit and assurance services, including helping organizations identify damaging practices, uncover potential fraud and improve their fiscal strength.

Hands-on Learning

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in a semester-long internship or the accounting co-op program. It’s your chance to get real-world experience, test-drive your career options and begin learning from and building a network with professionals in the field, at places like EY; Gray, Gray & Gray; and PwC. Bonus? Your diploma is the perfect launchpad for an advanced degree in accounting, law or business.

Career Options

With a deeper knowledge of accounting concepts and applications, you’ll be prepared for a career in an accounting firm, corporation or a range of educational, nonprofit and government organizations. Positions may include:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Budget analyst
  • CPA
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial examiner
  • Professor
  • Researcher
  • Tax examiner 

What You’ll Take

All business administration majors must satisfy the college’s general education requirements and the following business requirements*:

BUS 1100

Introduction to Business

BUS 2203

Accounting for Business

BUS 2205

Principles of Marketing

BUS 2210

Management Information Systems

BUS 2213

Business Statistics

BUS 2215

Managerial Finance

BUS 2220

Operations Management

BUS 4402W

Strategic Analysis and Decision-Making

* ECO1201 and MTH1003 or MTH1115 are pre-requisite courses that must be completed by all business administration majors.

In addition to the core courses in business administration, listed above, accounting majors must also complete the following accounting courses:

ACC 3303

Intermediate Accounting I

ACC 3304

Intermediate Accounting II

ACC 3308

Cost Accounting

ACC 4406 

Advanced Accounting

ACC 4407


ACC 4408


Students planning to take the CPA exam must complete 21 semester hours (credits) in specific coursework. The majority of these hours can be captured through the courses listed above, with the exception of nine credits required across Info Systems, Finance and Law. These remaining credits can be satisfied by the following nonaccounting courses:


Management Information Systems**


Managerial Finance**


Legal Environment of Business

** Required courses for the business administration major.

For more information on the specific requirements of the CPA exam, please refer to the: