Accountants work in the corporate world, government, and private sector in positions that range from CFO to budget analyst, comptroller, and international trade specialist. The employment outlook for accountants is expected to increase by 13 percent between now and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, making it a sound career choice.

Careers in Accounting

Accounting professionals require a blend of problem-solving, analysis, and communication skills, along with an exceptional understanding of the language of numbers.

Accountants work in a variety of fields. You might want to be a partner in an accounting firm, the chief financial officer of a corporation, or an investigator for the Internal Revenue Service. Perhaps you’re interested in a career as an international trade specialist or international business manager. Accountants also work as budget analysts, comptrollers, and certified management accountants.

Accounting graduates who earn Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations in addition to their degrees can further improve their job prospects, as the demand for accounting services has grown due to new financial regulations.

Curriculum

In addition, Accounting majors must complete 61 credits in the major. View all business course descriptions here.

Required Courses for Accounting Degree:

Business Core (33 credits) ​

BUS 101 Financial Accounting*
BUS 206 Management Principles*
BUS 207 Marketing Principles*
BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 315 Data Analytics & Information Systems
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Financial Decision Making
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 441 Cooperative Education in Business I (enrolled for at least 3 credits)
MAT 208 Introductory Statistics or MAT 209 Probability and Statistics
*must earn a grade of “C” or better

Related Area (6 credits)

ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics

Accounting Courses (18 credits)

BUS 252 Intermediate Accounting I
BUS 253 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 301 Advanced Accounting
BUS 304 Federal Taxation
BUS 400 Cost Accounting
BUS 402 Auditing

High Performer Development Series (3 credits)

BUS 251 High Performer Development Series I
BUS 351 High Performer Development Series II
BUS 451 High Performer Development Series III

Professional Readiness (1 credit)

UNIV 200 Career & Internship Preparation

Recommended Courses (Optional)

BUS 442 Cooperative Education in Business II

Accounting majors also can complete a 12-credit concentration in fraud examination. This concentration includes courses necessary to provide you with the core competencies needed to excel in fraud examination. By completing the courses necessary for this concentration, you’ll be prepared to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam.
Attaining fraud examiner certification can be extremely useful if you’re pursuing a career in a field such as accounting, human resources, management, criminal justice or insurance.

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