Accounting - B.S.

Effective Fall 2020, Johnson & Wales University will complete its transition from a term calendar to a semester calendar. Starting with the 2020–21 catalog, all programs will represent course requirements in semester credit hours rather than quarter credit hours. Students who started on terms and will finish their degree requirements on semesters should consult with their assigned academic counselor in Student Academic Services or faculty advisor on semester transition academic planning.

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 by visiting

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 2.75 grade point average may have the opportunity to participate in internship opportunities either on or off campus. By participating in an internship, students receive professionally focused experience by performing accounting functions for various departments within the university and organizations outside the university, and may graduate with experience in such areas as accounts payable, accounts receivable and general ledger.


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

Business Foundations
ACCT1210Financial Accounting4.5
ACCT1220Managerial Accounting4.5
CAR0010Career Management1
FIT1040Spreadsheet Design for Business Solutions4.5
LAW2001The Legal Environment of Business I4.5
MGMT1001Contemporary Business Management I4.5
MGMT2001Human Resource Management4.5
MRKT1001Principles of Marketing4.5
Major Courses
ACCT2021Intermediate Accounting I4.5
ACCT2022Intermediate Accounting II4.5
ACCT2023Intermediate Accounting III4.5
ACCT2035Accounting Software4.5
ACCT3011Federal Taxes I4.5
ACCT3031Cost Accounting I4.5
ACCT3050Advanced Accounting4.5
ACCT3060Accounting Information Systems4.5
ACCT4060Accounting Seminar4.5
Major Electives
Choose three of the following:13.5
Federal Taxes II
Not-For-Profit Accounting
Cost Accounting II
Internal Auditing
Casino Accounting
Advanced Accounting Software
Fraud Examination: Theory and Practice
International Accounting
Experiential Education Projects in Financial Modeling and Valuation
Choose one of the following Legal Electives:4.5
The Legal Environment of Business II
Business Law for Accountants
International Business Law
A&S Core Experience
Communications Foundation Courses 13.5
English Composition
Advanced Composition and Communication
Communication Skills
Integrative Learning 9
Two ILS courses, one at the 2000 level, and one at the 4000 level.
Arts and Humanities 9
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
Social Sciences 9
One course from ANTH°°, LEAD, PSCI, PSYC or SOC
A&S Electives9
Two courses with an EASC attribute, at least one at 3000 level or higher.
Free Electives #
13.5 credits selected from 1000-4999 numbered offerings within the university. 13.5
Total Credits181.0

Visit Courses by Subject Code for a listing of all campus courses.

‡HUM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
^BIO courses are not offered in North Miami, Charlotte or Online.
¶CAD courses are only offered in Providence.
±CHM courses are not offered in North Miami or Online.
°PHY courses are not offered in Charlotte.
°°ANTH courses are not offered in North Miami or Charlotte.

#  In addition to classes, free elective credit can be applied to a number of options such as Directed Experiential Education (DEE), Internship, Minor or Study Abroad. For Accelerated Master's program students, up to three graduate-level courses may apply. Students are strongly encouraged to contact an adviser before scheduling free elective credits.

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

Students who graduate with a bachelor's degree must leave Johnson & Wales University with effective writing skills to fulfill the graduation writing requirement. These writing skills will be assessed at the completion of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication. Students who have met the requirement of ENG1021 Advanced Composition and Communication or ENG1027 Honors Advanced Composition and Communications: Civic Discourse outside of Johnson & Wales University must fulfill the graduation writing requirement through successful completion of ENG0001 Writing Workshop.

In collaboration with academic colleges across all JWU campuses, JWU Study Abroad programs offer a variety of international options for major, minor, Arts & Sciences, and elective credit at many price points for students during the academic year and summer. Faculty-led, exchange, affiliate, and direct-enroll programs range in duration from one week to a full semester. Financial aid is applicable and scholarships are available. Visit the study abroad website for information, program descriptions and online applications.