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Much More Than Crunching Numbers

Undergraduate Accounting Program

Build Business Skills and Your Professional Network

When you earn a St. Thomas undergraduate business degree with a concentration in Accounting, you’ll gain the business skills and practical experience you need to thrive in the accounting field. Our engaging, hands-on curriculum prepares you to succeed in variety of settings, whether in a public accounting firm, private business, government or nonprofit organization. A highly engaged faculty and small class sizes ensure that you receive plenty of individual attention, and your faculty advisor supports and guides your student journey. Your studies will prepare you to:

  • Handle financial statements
  • Conduct audits and other assurance work
  • Design accounting systems and budgets
  • Prepare tax work for individuals or companies
  • Analyze and interpret financial information reflecting an organization's performance
  • Participate in the management of an organization
If you’re interested in a well-rounded degree that shapes you into a skilled accountant and innovative business leader, look no further than St. Thomas.

Program Overview

  • Courses
  • Four-Year Plan
  • Degree Awarded
  • Tutoring
  • Internships
  • Courses

    All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. The University of St. Thomas Accounting program meets the current education requirements set by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, and for CPA licensure.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting I
    ACCT 312 Intermediate Accounting II
    ACCT 314 Tax Accounting
    ACCT 316 Auditing
    ACCT 317 Cost Accounting
    ACCT 410 Advanced Accounting

    Allied Courses 

    ECON 251 Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Microeconomics
    CISC 200 Intro to Computer Tech & Business Application
    CISC 419 Accounting Information Systems
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take one of the following math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service

    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum  throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Courses

    All undergraduate business students are required to take core courses, concentration courses related to their major, and allied courses, which take place outside of the Opus College of Business. The University of St. Thomas Accounting program meets the current education requirements set by the Minnesota Board of Accountancy to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, and for CPA licensure.

    Business Core Courses

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service
    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Concentration Courses

    ACCT 311 Intermediate Accounting I
    ACCT 312 Intermediate Accounting II
    ACCT 314 Tax Accounting
    ACCT 316 Auditing
    ACCT 317 Cost Accounting
    ACCT 410 Advanced Accounting

    Allied Courses 

    ECON 251 Macroeconomics
    ECON 252 Microeconomics
    CISC 200 Intro to Computer Tech & Business Application
    CISC 419 Accounting Information Systems
    STAT 220 Statistics I

    You must also take one of the following math courses:

    MATH 101 Finite Mathematics
    MATH 109 Calculus with Review II
    MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science
    MATH 113 Calculus I

    Four-Year Plan

    Year 1

    ACCT 100 Principles of Accounting I
    BUSN 100 Business for the Common Good
    ENTR 100 Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    Allied courses: economics, math and statistics.

    Year 2

    ACCT 200 Principles of Accounting II
    BETH 300 Principled Business
    BLAW 300 Law for Business Leaders
    BUSN 200 Business Learning Through Service

    FINC 310 Core Financial Management
    MGMT 302 Working in Organizations
    MKTG 200 Introduction to Marketing
    OPMT 300 Operations and Supply Chain Management

    Years 3 & 4

    At the end of your sophomore year, you’ll declare a business major. As a junior and senior, you’ll take courses specific to your chosen concentration as well as business electives. And, if you choose to study abroad, you’ll likely do so sometime during year 3 or 4.

    In addition to your major courses, you’ll also take courses in the St. Thomas Core Curriculum  throughout your four years.

    Degree Awarded

    BA in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting

    Tutoring

    Your professor is always available to help you with your coursework. If you need extra help with your core courses in accounting, finance, or operations, free tutors are also available. Whether you’re stuck on an assignment or want help preparing for an exam, our tutors are always glad to work with you. You can schedule a 30-minute one-on-one appointment, or drop in during open hours.

    Internships

    St. Thomas maintains a large network of alumni and local business connections, which leads to real-world learning opportunities, internships and—oftentimes—employment after graduation. When you’re ready for an internship, the Career Development Center can help you find a position that supports your professional goals.

    Learning Through Service: Business 200

    We believe that businesses need to be socially responsible in the communities where they operate. All undergraduate business majors and minors are required to complete BUSN 200, a zero-credit, tuition-free course that includes 40 hours of community service and a series of reflective seminars. This service learning helps you grow into a highly principled global business professional, and an effective and ethical leader who’s prepared to make positive contributions in both your profession and community.

    St. Thomas Career Services

    The experts in the Career Development Center can help you find internships, develop job search skills, and put you in touch with business leads—both alumni and St. Thomas connections in the broader Twin Cities business scene. We can help you:

    • Clarify your strengths and how they relate to majors and career fields
    • Map out a career plan
    • Create your résumé and prepare for interviews
    • Look for internships and jobs
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    Career Opportunities

    Typical accounting jobs include:

    • Auditor
    • Account Manager
    • Systems Analyst
    • Budget Manager
    • Revenue Audit Supervisor
    • Accountant (financial, tax, corporate, investment)

    Scholarships

    The Accounting Department awards a number of merit-based scholarships to declared accounting majors, funded by corporations, public accounting firms, the Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants and private donors, as well as two scholarships which honor the memory of two accounting faculty: Frank J. Coglitore, whose specialty was auditing, and Patrick McGowan, who taught tax accounting.

    To learn more about these scholarships and how to apply, please contact us.

    Accounting Department

    Learn about our outstanding faculty members, and their strong academic and business backgrounds. Read detailed course descriptions.