The accounting major prepares you for a career in accounting, auditing, finance and other business fields.

Preparing You for Success

Accounting is a flexible major that gives you knowledge to pass the Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor exams. Courses introduce you to accounting principles, as well as business and technology concepts. You have the option to earn a bachelor’s degree or continue your education for the 150 credit hours needed to take the CPA exam. You can earn the remaining CPA hours by completing Bradley’s integrated 3:2 M.S. in accounting, another graduate degree (such as an MBA) or a double major.

By the time you graduate, your experiences may include:

  • Professional development, networking and community service through the Bradley Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi honor society
  • Internships and co-ops with private and public organizations such as RSM, CliftonLarsonAllen or Caterpillar
  • A senior capstone project for a local business or nonprofit

Making Your Mark

Accountants are valued in almost any business, public or private, regardless of size. In recent years, almost all Bradley accounting majors found jobs or continued to graduate school within six months of graduation. They are working for nationally recognized firms such as Deloitte and PricewaterhouseCoopers, Fortune 100 companies such as Archer Daniels Midland and State Farm, as well as regional firms such as Baker Tilly and Heinold-Banwart.

Major Requirements

Required Courses - 28 hrs.

  • ATG 201: Accounting Principles—Accounting Techniques - 1 hr.
  • ATG 268: Business Ethics - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 301: Intermediate Accounting I - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 302: Intermediate Accounting II - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 314: Cost Accounting - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 383: Accounting Systems and Control - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 401: Advanced Accounting I - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 457: Auditing - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 477: Federal Taxes I - 3 hrs.

Elective Courses (choose one) - 3 hrs.

  • ATG 426: Fraud Examination - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 430: Professional Interviewing Skills - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 447: Internal Auditing - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 448: Computer Assisted Audit Techniques - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 461: International Accounting Issues - 3 hrs.
  • ATG 485: Special Topics in Accounting - 1-3 hrs.
  • BLW 345: Law of Business - 3 hrs.

Additional Requirements

  • ENG 306: Business Communications - 3 hrs. (fulfills W2 Core Curriculum)
  • A minimum of 9 semester hours of upper-level accounting course work in residence.

Students must maintain a 2.0 GPA in all accounting courses beyond ATG 157, 158 and 201.

Students must also complete Foster College's business core.