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Accounting Program

Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview

Most people think an “accountant” and a “CPA” are the same thing. Not in the business world!

Majoring in accounting without becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is like going to law school and skipping the bar exam. That’s why our program is designed to prepare you for the most important test you will ever take — the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.

Becoming a CPA will open just about every door in the business world: the chance to work for accounting firms, the government, corporate management — or even the know-how to start your own company.

Of course, accounting is about much more than crunching numbers. Not only do accountants help businesses run more efficiently; they must be socially responsible problem-solvers who help organizations run with honesty and integrity.

That is why as an accounting student at Briar Cliff, you will help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program; helping poor families and elderly individuals in the community file their taxes. It is a chance for you to truly make a difference, while learning skills to become a successful accountant!

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Core Accounting Courses

ACCT 203 - Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 204 - Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 311 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
ACCT 316 - Federal Taxation I
ACCT 317 - Federal Taxation II
ACCT 323 - Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 324 - Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 325 - Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT 340 - Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 403 - ASC Research
ACCT 465 - Auditing
BUAD 223 - Legal Environment of Business
BUAD 224 - Business Law II
BUAD 225 - Principles of Management
BUAD 301 - Principles of Marketing
BUAD 330 - Principles of Corporate Finance
BUAD 429 - Strategic Management
ECON 210 - Principles of Microeconomics
ECON 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics
MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics
MIS 220 - Microcomputer Applications for Business
PHIL 212 - Ethics in Business and Society
SPEC 111 - Public Speaking
WRTG 225 - Organizational Communications

Additional Program Requirements

Students pursuing a C.P.A. should also take a minimum six credit hours from the following choices: