Accounting Major - Undergraduate Degree Program | Briar Cliff University

Accounting Program

Degree Type: Bachelor of Arts
Program(s) Offered: Major, minor

Accounting is about much more than crunching numbers. If you become a certified accountant,  not only will you help businesses run more efficiently; you're called to be a socially responsible problem-solver who helps organizations run with honesty and integrity.

Get certified.

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.

Make a difference.

As an accounting student at Briar Cliff, you'll 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!

Open up opportunity.

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.

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Accounting Program Courses


This Briar Cliff University course stresses the assessment of the students' knowledge of financial accounting and its application as it relates to the corporate accounting environment. Student will be able to recognize appropriate accounting principles and practices and develop and present external-use finanical information. Read more »

ACCT 203 - Principles of Accounting I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to the use of accounting in the decision-making process. Course competencies will be developed in the areas of identifying the role of accounting in society, basic accounting and business terminology, accounting standards and generally accepted accounting practices, and analysis, preparation and interpretation of financial statements of business entities. Read more »

ACCT 204 - Principles of Accounting II

This Briar Cliff University course is designed to continue financial statement analysis and introduce the basics of managerial accounting, including, but not limited to, the following: cost behavior, costing methods, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgeting, planning and control and other introductory topics. Read more »

ACCT 311 - Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

Theory and practice of individual income tax preparation. This course fulfills the community service component. Read more »

ACCT 316 - Federal Taxation I

Briar Cliff University's introduction to federal tax law as it applies to individuals. Topics covered include the basic tax model, basic tax research and planning, determination of gross income, exclusions, adjustments, deductions, losses, taxable income, depreciation, passive activity losses, alternative minimum tax, tax credits, payment procedures, capital gains and losses, property transaction, nontaxable exchanges, accounting bases, accounting periods and return preparation. Read more »

ACCT 317 - Federal Taxation II

Briar Cliff's introduction to federal tax law as it applies to corporation, partnerships, S-corporations, and trusts and estates. Basics of tax planning, research and tax preparation for some of these entities are also introduced. Read more »

ACCT 323 - Intermediate Accounting I

This course is designed as an intensive study of accounting principles and current methodology; analysis of problems concerning the recording and reporting of accounts; and the accounting process and the interrelationship of balance sheet and income statement accounts. Read more »

ACCT 324 - Intermediate Accounting II

This course focuses on the analysis of problems concerning the recording and reporting of liabilities; the capital structure of corporations; the communication and reporting of financial information; the preparation and interpretation of financial statements; and the reporting of pensions for corporations. Read more »

ACCT 325 - Intermediate Accounting III

This is an advanced focus on the analysis of problems concerning the recording and reporting of liabilities, the capital structure of corporations; the communication and reporting of financial information, the preparation and interpretation of financial statements; and the reporting of pensions for corporations. Read more »

ACCT 340 - Accounting Information Systems

Information, communication and networking techniques applied within the context of transaction cycles and the internal control structure. Read more »

ACCT 403 - ASC Research

Students will apply accounting, management, finance and statistical theories to various accounting situations. They will also explore the process of the development of accounting standards, including accounting codification. Read more »

ACCT 465 - Auditing

A study of audit concepts and objectives, principles of internal control, audit reports, and procedures. Read more »

BUAD 223 - Legal Environment of Business

Major areas to be covered include the nature of and origins of law; ethics and social responsibility of business entities; our judicial system; the development of our common law system; the differences between the various areas of the law; elements necessary to establish and give rise to an intentional tort and negligence; the elements necessary to establish a contract; and the differences between business entities such as a sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Read more »

BUAD 224 - Business Law II

Principles of law that determine the rights and obligations of persons participating in business transactions. Major topics include sales, commercial paper, secured transactions, partnerships, corporations, real property and estates. Read more »

BUAD 225 - Principles of Management

A study of the concepts, principles and philosophy of management. The four functions of management—planning, organizing, leading and controlling - are examined with respect to various management styles. Read more »

BUAD 301 - Principles of Marketing

Study of the concepts and problems concerned with the flow of goods and services to the consumer. An analysis will be made of the following: Marketing functions, wholesale and retail institutions, and internal and external factors affecting activities. Read more »

BUAD 330 - Principles of Corporate Finance

Enables the student to gain a basic understanding of the financial management function of a business enterprise. Considers the relationship among business disciplines: tax accounting, finance and economics. Topics covered: math of finance, technique of financial analysis, impact of tax on financial decision, working capital management, sources and forms of intermediate and long-term financing, cost of capital structure, and the integrated financial policy. Read more »

BUAD 429 - Strategic Management

This course is designed for the student to incorporate the business-related knowledge of previous study into decision-making analysis. Through case studies and simulation games the methodology of problem evaluation and the decision-making process is examined. Read more »

ECON 210 - Principles of Microeconomics

Introduction to basic economic theory, with emphasis placed on decision making by individual units such as households, firms, or industries and with individual markets for final goods and resources. Prerequisite: Sophomore status or permission of instructor Read more »

ECON 211 - Principles of Macroeconomics

Introduction to basic economic theory, with emphasis on the economy as a whole. An examination of major aggregates such as households, businesses, and government sectors and measures of the total economy. Read more »

MATH 200 - Elementary Statistics

An introduction to the theory and applications of statistics intended for students in business, nursing and the social sciences, but also recommended for students in the liberal arts. Topics include measures of central tendency and variability, probability distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, linear regression, correlation, analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics. This course is not open to those in a mathematics major. Prerequisite: MATH 10 or recommendation of the department chairperson based upon mathematics assessment Read more »

MIS 220 - Microcomputer Applications for Business

A course designed to develop the skills necessary to use microcomputers for solving business- related problems by using various software packages (word processing, spreadsheet, database, presentation). Other topics include computer hardware, operating system software and applications software. Read more »

PHIL 212 - Ethics in Business and Society

Application of philosophical method to understanding ethical issues in business, including civil liberties in the workplace, obligations to the firm and to third parties, employment discrimination, sexual harassment, product safety, environmental protection, corporate responsibility, economic justice and black markets. Prerequisite: 20 hours of college course work or instructor approval Read more »

WRTG 225 - Organizational Communications

Newspaper headlines and bestseller titles continue to emphasize the importance in business of effective communication. Read more »

Additional Program Requirements

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

 For additional requirements and curriculum information, download the latest University academic catalog.

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