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
|Introduction to Business and Management
|Global Strategy Capstone
|Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions
|The Legal Environment of Business I
|Human Resource Management
|Operations and Supply Chain Management I
|Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice I
|Intermediate Accounting Theory and Practice II
|Federal Taxes I
|Accounting Information Systems
|One ACCT or FISV-designated course at the 2000 level or higher
|Choose 6 credits from the following:
|College of Business Internship Ic
|Directed Experiential Education D
Study Abroad Sa
|Related Professional Studies
|A&S Core Experience
|Communications Foundation Courses
|Rhetoric & Composition I
|Rhetoric & Composition II
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level
|Arts and Humanities
|Ethics: A Global Perspective
One course from ART, HIST, HUM, LIT, or REL
|Quantitative Analysis I (or higher, based on student's placement) *
One course from BIO, CHM, PHY or SCI
One course from ANTH, GEND, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC, RES or SOC
One course with an EASC attribute
|Free Electives #
|15 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university
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?