Accounting - B.S.

The Accounting bachelor’s degree program prepares students for the wide range of career opportunities available to accounting professionals. Students in the program receive a solid foundation in accounting theory and practice as well as in the areas of business, communication and general studies.

Upon completion of the program, graduates are expected to:

  • Apply the major concepts, skills and values of the accounting profession.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences, purposes and situations through a variety of professional methods required in the field of accounting.
  • Use decision-support tools to solve problems and facilitate organizational processes.
  • Identify, analyze and resolve ethical issues related to accounting decisions.
  • Identify and analyze global business issues and transactions and apply the appropriate accounting technical skills necessary to address issues and record transactions.

Students completing the program are well positioned for entry-level opportunities in public accounting firms and similarly challenging opportunities in private, governmental and nonprofit organizations. Positions include staff accountants, cost accountants, tax accountants and auditors. 

Students wishing to satisfy the 150 Hours of College Education requirement, now required in many states before being allowed to take the Uniform Certified Public Accountants Examination, may achieve this objective and at the same time earn a master's degree by applying for acceptance to the university's MBA program at the end of their junior year. Acceptance will be granted provided the student receives the recommendation of two undergraduate faculty members, successfully completes an interview process, fulfills the requirements for the bachelor of science degree and meets the minimum GPA requirement. Students wishing to pursue CPA licensure can learn about specific licensure requirements.

To maximize the benefits of choosing electives, and because of different state requirements, students desiring to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountants examination are urged to contact their faculty advisor early in the program.

Students who maintain at least a 2.00 grade point average can apply for on-campus and off-campus internships. By participating in an internship, students receive professionally focused experience by performing accounting functions for various departments at the university or firms and organizations outside the university. These students can typically gain experience in such areas as accounts payable, accounts receivable, general ledger accounting, auditing, and income tax preparation. Additional options are also available for foreign travel through the study abroad program.


A four-year program leading to the bachelor of science degree

Business Foundations
ACCT1210Financial Accounting3
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting3
BUS1001Introduction to Business and Management3
BUS3010Business Analytics3
BUS4030Global Strategy Capstone3
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions3
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I3
MGMT2001Human Resource Management3
MGMT2030Operations and Supply Chain Management I3
MRKT1001Marketing Foundations3
Major Courses
ACCT2210Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice I3
ACCT2220Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice II3
ACCT3011Federal Taxes I3
ACCT3035Cost Accounting3
ACCT3050Advanced Accounting3
ACCT3060Accounting Information Systems3
Major Electives
One ACCT or FISV-designated course at the 2000 level or higher3
Applied/Experiential Learning
Choose 6 credits from the following:6
College of Business Internship Ic
Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
Related Professional Studies
CAR0010Career Management1
FYS1020First-Year Seminar1
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 9
Rhetoric & Composition I
Rhetoric & Composition II
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 6
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
Arts and Humanities 6
Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, or REL
Quantitative Analysis I (or higher, based on student's placement) *
Statistics I
One course from BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI
Social Sciences 6
One course from ANTH, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
A&S Electives6
One course with an EASC attribute
Free Electives #
15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university 15
Total Credits122.0

Students that do not place in MATH1035 Quantitative Analysis I, will need to take an extra course, MATH1020 Fundamentals of Algebra, as a prerequisite.  If needed this will count as an A&S elective.  

IcTypically, internships require a minimum of six credits. Students interested in a 9 or 12-credit internship can apply additional experiential learning and free elective credits, if available. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling internship and free elective credits.

D Directed Experiential Education (DEE) opportunities are based on project availability with community partners and student eligibility. For more information, visit Experiential Education & Career Services (EE&CS). 

SaTo be eligible to count toward Applied/ Experiential Learning, a Study Abroad offering must meet certain requirements. Contact JWU Global to discuss eligible Study Abroad options for this degree program.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credits may be applied to a number of options such as internship, study abroad, Directed Experiential Education courses and courses in a specialization or minor as relevant. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact a faculty advisor before scheduling free elective credits.

NOTE: Students must pass MATH0010 Pre-Algebra or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in required math course(s).

Note: Students must pass ENG0001 Writing Workshop or have equivalent placement scores to enroll in ILS 2000-level courses

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Global Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, arts and sciences, and elective credit at many affordable price points for students during the academic year, break periods, and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester or full year. Financial aid may be applied and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications. Where will you go?