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.

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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

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

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

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.

Required courses in the fraud examination concentration are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting

BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles

BUS 205 Fraud Examination

MBA 555 Forensic Accounting (Please check with your advisor for more details.)

Business Minor

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting

BUS 200 Managerial Accounting

BUS 206 Management Principles

BUS 207 Marketing Principles

BUS 342 Business Law

BUS 410 Financial Markets

ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics