Accounting Major

Goal 1: Students will acquire strong functional knowledge of accounting, auditing and taxation. (Functional knowledge)

Outcome 1.1: Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and theories of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP)

Outcome 1.2: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of financial statements, including the purpose, content and presentation methods and disclosure in reports

Outcome 1.3: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of generally accepted auditing standards (GAAS) and US income tax compliance procedures

Goal 2: Students will develop an awareness of, and an appreciation for, the professional responsibilities and ethical issues related to the field of accountancy. (Professional Responsibilities/Ignatian Tradition)

Outcome 2.1: Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to identify ethical issues in accounting, auditing and taxation matters

Outcome 2.2: Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the legal, ethical and regulatory environment of accounting, auditing and taxation

Outcome 2.3: Students will be able to demonstrate and ability to ethically employ information technology

Outcome 2.4: Students will be able to demonstrate and understanding of the importance of the accounting discipline in maintaining high standards of integrity in business and commercial activities and the need that fidelity in repotting has for orderly financial market operations.

Goal 3: Students will develop the competence to critical analyze accounting, auditing, and taxation issues. (Critical Thinking)

Outcome 3.1: Students will be able to demonstrate a superior ability to analyze financial statements from a user/investor perspective.

Outcome 3.2: Students will be able to demonstrate an ability to design, implement and evaluate accounting information systems for internal use in data gathering and control.

Goal 4: Students will be competent in communicating in the language of accounting, auditing, and taxation. (Communication)

Outcome 4.1: Students will exhibit competence in developing clear, effectively written documents which highlight accounting, auditing, or taxation activities.

Outcome 4.2: Students will be able to communicate clearly and effectively in composing and delivering oral presentations to a targeted audience.

The traditional undergraduate programs includes a minimum of 120 credits distributed across three components: A General Education component divided into Signature Courses, Variable Courses, and an Integrative Learning requirement; a Major and Divisional component; and Free Electives. In addition to course requirements as specified in each area, students must complete one certified course in each of the following overlay areas1:

  1. Diversity, Globalization or Non-western Area Studies,
  2. Ethics Intensive
  3. Writing Intensive, and
  4. Diversity

Overlay requirements are part of the 120 credit requirements

General Education Signature Courses

See this page about Signature courses

General Education Variable Courses

See this page about Variable courses. Six to Nine courses

General Education Integrative Learning Component

See this page about Integrative Learning Component. Three courses:

ECN 102Introductory Economics Macro3
ENG 263Writing for Organizations3
PHL 320Business, Society and Ethics3

Free Electives

Five to nine courses

Business Foundation 

Ten courses, including:

ACC 101Concepts of Financial Acct3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
DSS 100Excel Competency1
DSS 200Intro to Information Systems3
DSS 210Business Statistics3
DSS 220Business Analytics3
FIN 200Intro to Finance3
or FIN 225 Fund of Quantitative Finance
MGT 110Essent'ls of Organzational Beh3
or MGT 120 Essentials of Management
MGT 360Legal Environment of Business3
MKT 201Principles of Marketing3
BUS 495Business Strategy 13
or ACC 423 Accounting Control Systems
Total Hours31

Accounting Majors can choose between ACC 423 and BUS BUS 495

Major Requirements 

ACC 205Fin Acc Info Sys I3
ACC 206Fin Acc Info Sys II3
ACC 307Fin Acc Info Sys III3
ACC 315Federal Income Taxation3
ACC 317Auditing & Assurance Services3
Any one of the following courses3
Management Acc Info Systems
Special Topics in Fed Taxation
Advanced Auditing
Total Hours18

In order for a student to declare a major in accounting or remain in the major, a grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in both ACC 101, Concepts of Financial Accounting, and ACC 102, Managerial Accounting.

CPA Information for Accounting

Students who intend to enter a career in professional public accounting practice should discuss program planning needed with their faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic studies in the Department. Additional detail about the Department's program and careers in accounting can be found on the University's web site at

Information on the Masters in Public Accountancy Program (MPA) can be found at the Professional Accountancy section of the catalog.