Accounting

Brown School of Business and Leadership 

Department of Accounting 

Department Chair: Barbara S. Rowell, J.D., CPA

Description

The accounting program is designed to provide accounting major graduates with the knowledge required to become successful in today’s multi-faceted business world. In addition to technical knowledge of accounting, students will learn to think critically, write purposefully, and exhibit the soft skills needed to work with others.

The program combines accounting courses with information technology and functional activities of business, government, and not-for-profit organizations, while addressing the needs of the business world and providing students with an understanding of contemporary careers, issues, and challenges.  The core emphasizes financial accounting at the intermediate level, cost accounting, tax accounting, auditing, finance, and business law.  Students must select from the Accountancy Track or the Finance Track.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Accounting, graduates will be able to

  1. Articulate accurately and coherently the relevant technical knowledge of accounting and related disciplines needed to enter the accounting profession.
  2. Explain the ethical standards of the accounting profession, articulate a framework for these standards, and apply them thoughtfully and competently to a variety of business and accounting contexts.
  3. Solve problems by synthesizing discipline specific knowledge and critical thinking skills.
  4. Demonstrate the appropriate communication skills necessary for accounting professionals.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, and the lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all major and Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE) courses. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to advance to the next course without earning a grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite course(s). When a grade below "C" is earned in a major course, the student must repeat that course.

A course may be repeated once without the special permission of the department chair. Accounting majors who do not successfully complete a major course with a grade of "C" or better after a second attempt will not be allowed to continue in the accounting program.

Students required to take developmental courses must complete those courses before enrolling in ACC 140. Transfer students must complete a minimum of seven accounting major courses at Stevenson University to earn a degree in accounting.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor's degree in accounting. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

ACC 140Financial Accounting

3 credits

ACC 141Managerial Accounting

3 credits

ACC 201Intermediate Accounting I

4 credits

ACC 202Intermediate Accounting II

4 credits

ACC 303Cost and Managerial Accounting

3 credits

ACC 400Auditing and Attestation

4 credits

ACC 411Tax Accounting: Individual

3 credits

ACC 412Tax Accounting: Corporation and Partnership

3 credits

CM 101Public Speaking

3 credits

EC 201Principles of Macroeconomics

3 credits

EC 202Principles of Microeconomics

3 credits

FIN 303Foundations of Finance

3 credits

IS 135MS Office Applications

3 credits

LAW 308Business Law and Legal Responsibilities

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

MGT 204Principles of Management

3 credits

MGT 210Business Writing

3 credits

MGT 308Business Ethics

3 credits

MKT 206Principles of Marketing

3 credits

Accountancy Track

The Accountancy Track prepares the broad spectrum of accounting courses needed for traditional accounting careers. The track is designed to provide accounting graduates with the knowledge required to become successful in today’s multi-faceted business world. The program combines accounting courses with information technology and functional activities of business, government, and not-for-profit organizations, while providing students with an understanding of contemporary work environments, issues, and challenges.

The accounting curriculum prepares graduates to take the Certified Public Accounting examination. In addition to passing the CPA exam, all states require applicants for licensing to acquire a total of 150 credit hours of coursework. Several options are available to help students fulfill the additional 30 credit hours of coursework. Today’s public accountant must have the technical knowledge of the field and skills, such as critical thinking, writing, and working in teams.
  

ACC 301Intermediate Accounting III

4 credits

Plus three of the following:

ACC 302Advanced Accounting

3 credits

ACC 304Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting

3 credits

ACC 311Computer Applications in Accounting

3 credits

ACC 407Advanced Auditing

3

FIN 416International Finance

3 credits

Finance Track

The Finance Track allows students to focus their accounting studies in capital management and is designed to provide accounting majors with a broad background in financial services. This track will provide graduates with the necessary knowledge and tools to pursue accounting careers in public accounting, finance, business, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Students will be eligible to sit for the Certified Public Accounting examination. In addition to passing the CPA exam, all states require applicants for licensing to acquire a total of 150 credit hours of coursework. Several options are available to help students fulfill the additional 30 credit hours of coursework.

FIN 321Money & Banking

3 credits

ACC 430 Financial Modeling

3 credits

Plus two of the following:

FIN 416International Finance

3 credits

FIN 420Investment Theory and Practice

3 credits

FIN 435Applied Corporate Finance

3 credits

FIN 450Business Valuation and Security Analysis

3 credits

GENERAL EDUCATION NOTES:

  • Specific courses that fulfill SEE general education requirements are listed in the catalog and on the portal.
  • Students must complete all general education and major requirements and earn a minimum of 120 credits. 
  • 15 credits must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.
  • All courses in the student's last 30 credits must be taken at Stevenson.

Suggested Course Sequence

Suggested Course Sequence Accounting

Minor in Accounting

A minor in accounting is available. All course prerequisites must be met to be eligible to take the selected course for a minor. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

BS/MS Option: The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in accounting who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a master’s degree in one of Stevenson’s graduate programs. By completing a BS/MS option, students will earn the 150 credit hours necessary for CPA licensing while also earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in as few as five years. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program, see the School of Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog.

Course Descriptions

See Accounting Course Descriptions

Total Credit Hours: 60

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