Accounting Major

Accounting is an extremely flexible major. Our students not only learn about accounting principles but also study business and technology concepts. This broad training opens diverse career paths. Many of our graduates accept positions with public accounting firms and corporations. An accounting major will also allow movement into finance, information systems, management, or consulting positions. One recent graduate became part of a team that is designing a bank which will operate online. Other graduates go directly to consulting firms, designing and installing computer systems. After several years in traditional accounting positions, another alumnus started his own business, a bank that has grown to $100 million in assets in three years. An accounting degree helps a student look beyond the numbers to assist both people and businesses with shaping their financial futures.

To complete an undergraduate degree with a major in accounting, a student must earn 25 semester hours of accounting course credit beyond the Foster College’s core requirements of ATG 157 and ATG 158.

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

  • ATG 201 Accounting Principles—Accounting Techniques
  • ATG 204 Cost Accounting
  • ATG 301 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ATG 302 Intermediate Accounting II
  • 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
  • BMA 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.

Student Organizations

Membership in the Bradley Accounting Club (BAC) is available to all accounting majors. This organization conducts a variety of social and educational activities uniting accounting students, faculty, and staff. Beta Alpha Psi, the national honorary accounting organization, strives to promote scholastic and professional achievement through lectures, career-oriented events, campus and community service, and social activities.

Internship and Co-op Programs

Opportunities are available for students to obtain on-the-job experience in either management or public accounting through internship and co-op programs. The programs involve multiple work experiences and are generally started during the student’s sophomore or junior year.