Major in Accounting | BS in Accounting Degree Program
Accounting is the language of business and an accounting degree can open many doors in the business world. A career in accounting consistently ranks as a top choice in business and for good reason: accountants are at the center of any organization’s financial records and activities.
An accounting major prepares you for activities in auditing, taxes, consulting, budgeting and finance.
Study at Urbana to Learn What Accountants Do
Majoring in accounting at Urbana University gives you a foundation in business principles paired with specialized courses for a successful career in accounting. Urbana’s faculty members see the challenge of an ever-changing landscape of business and systems as an opportunity for aspiring accounting professionals.
You won’t find a better mentoring experience – or faculty more eager to share the depth and breadth of their accounting knowledge and experience – than at Urbana University.
Add Up the Advantages of a Career in Accounting
Stricter government guidelines for reporting and financial controls have created increased demand for knowledgeable, ethical accountants and auditors. Graduates with an accounting degree have a wide array of job opportunities available in public, private and government sectors.
If you want to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), you'll need coursework beyond what is required for your bachelor's degree in accounting. According to Ohio state law, you need to have 150 semester hours of college credit with 30 semester hours in accounting (or 24 semester hours in accounting excluding principles) with coverage in: auditing, financial accounting, management accounting, professional ethics and taxation education. You must also pass the board exam to become a CPA.
You may petition to take graduate-level courses during your last year of undergraduate coursework. To be eligible, accounting majors must have an overall grade point average of 3.50 and a grade point average of 3.50 in their major. Students who successfully petition for this option will be able to earn 18 hours above the bachelor degree to fulfill the CPA exam requirement and will have earned one half of the credits needed for the Master of Business Administration.
Meet Bill Pettibone | Faculty Spotlight
After more than 25 years in the accounting field, Professor Bill Pettibone realized he had a passion for education that working in industry couldn’t satisfy. He finds that combining his experiences with classroom theory and application better equips students to turn knowledge into action.
- Students will possess a clear understanding of the relationship between the functional areas of business
- Students will be proficient in the use of technology common to business practices
- Students will gain an understanding on how to communicate and act in a professional manner
- Students will be able to operate in a team building environment and interact with other business students
- Students will be able to think critically in business situations
- Students will be able to apply theory and organize solutions to business related problems
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