Accounting Major

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Engage Business and Society

As an Accounting student, you will prepare for a satisfying and rewarding career in accounting, auditing, finance, and other business related fields. The Foster College offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in accounting. 

Opportunity to Innovate

The Bradley Accounting Club (BAC) helps members gain knowledge of specific accounting careers, obtain onsite experience through group visits to companies, and fosters good relationships through social events and networking. 

Beta Alpha Psi (BAP) is an honorary organization for accounting majors open to juniors, seniors, and graduate students. BAP provides an opportunity to attend regional and national conferences focusing on topics relevant to accounting education and careers.

Both of these organizations sponsor more than 20 on-campus meetings with accounting professionals and several community service projects per year. 

Course Requirements

Courses required for all accounting majors (25 hours of accounting):

  • ATG 201 Accounting Principles—Accounting Techniques
  • ATG 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ATG 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ATG 314 Cost Accounting
  • ATG 383 Accounting Systems and Control
  • ATG 401 Advanced Accounting I
  • ATG 457 Auditing
  • ATG 477 Federal Taxes I
  • Accounting Elective (3 hours)

Courses which may be used to fulfill the remaining 3-semester-hour accounting elective:

  • ATG 485 Special Topics in Accounting
  • ATG 501 Advanced Accounting II
  • ATG 514 Advanced Managerial Accounting
  • ATG 526 Fraud Examination
  • ATG 530 Professional Interviewing Skills
  • ATG 547 Internal Auditing
  • ATG 548 Computer Assisted Audit Techniques
  • ATG 561 International Accounting Issues
  • ATG 583 Accounting Information Systems
  • ATG 585 Contemporary Issues in Accounting
  • ATG 590 Professional Accounting Problems
  • BLW 345 Law of Business

Requirements for Professional Certification

The accounting major provides the educational background for many entry-level accounting positions. Students with an undergraduate degree in accounting will have the necessary educational requirements for the CMA and CIA exams. Students will also have earned 124 hours of the 150 hours needed to sit for the CPA exam in those states requiring 150 credit hours. Students may earn the remaining hours needed for the CPA exam by obtaining a Master of Science in Accounting degree or other graduate degree, such as the Master of Business Administration, or by taking additional undergraduate classes.

Impact the World

Every organization needs accountants: large, small, public, and private. Our Accounting students have 100% career outcomes. You may intern or work for one of the following companies which hire Foster College Accounting Students:

  • Big Four and national public accounting firms such as Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, and McGladrey
  • Regional and local public accounting firms such as Baker Tilly, CilftonLarsonAllen, Porte Brown, and Heinold-Banwart
  • Fortune 100 corporations such as Caterpillar Inc., Archer Daniels Midland, State Farm, United Airlines, and John Deere

"I was a transfer student into the Accounting Department, but in those two short years, I made friends among my professors and students. I truly appreciate the knowledge and experience the Foster College of Business has given me and know that without it, I would not be where I am today."
-Jennifer Faulkner '14