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Saint Michael's College - Colchester, VT

Bachelor of Science (BS)

An accounting degree, complemented by the liberal arts core curriculum, fosters these skills and provides the foundation for career-long success. The required courses in the accounting program build steadily on one another, culminating in a research-based seminar. Classmate and community partnerships are an integral part of our accounting discipline, as are the development and application of presentation skills. To become a Certified Public Accountant (i.e. licensed to practice accounting professionally) will require a Bachelor's degree and a total of 150-academic credits in all states. Although there is some variation among states as to specific courses needed within the 150 hours, the accounting major curriculum at Saint Michael's can be readily augmented by existing courses to meet the content specifications. To accumulate additional credit hours toward the 150 hour requirement, some students use advance placement credits from high school, summer course work/summer internships performed for academic credit, etc. Others pursue a one-year Master's degree in accounting or business in graduate school after receiving their Saint Michael's Bachelor's degree. Saint Michael's has agreements with a number of graduate programs to set up potential graduate pathways for our accounting graduates. There are also many other accounting-oriented career opportunities in corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations that do not require licensing as a CPA and are therefore not subject to the 150-credit hour requirement. Accounting is referred to as the language of business. It is the vehicle by which business activities are translated into meaningful financial results. As such, a solid understanding of accounting is vital for business leaders and intrinsic to the success of any company. That, in turn, makes an accounting degree and the skills that come with it highly desirable in the global marketplace. The professors in the accounting program at Saint Michael's draw on their professional experience to ensure their students a clear understanding of accounting systems and their importance in leading organizations. Develop and apply the lessons and skills you learn in the classroom by being the financial leader in student organizations or a teacher’s assistant or tutor in the accounting program. Small class sizes, particularly in upper level courses, contribute strongly to student development and the close personal relationships between professors and students. The accounting program at Saint Michael's prepares students for careers in a broad cross-section of organizations, including public accounting firms; small and large corporations; government and non-profit organizations; and further study in accounting and business. The coursework, along with the student’s advisor and other support services at Saint Michael's, guides students through a rigorous and gratifying program that will help them realize their ambitions. The accounting program has a long history of successful internship placements with local organizations and accounting firms and uses its network of well-placed alumni to find excellent opportunities with larger market accounting firms for its students.

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Accounting Major Required: Level I Courses: AC 141 - Financial Accounting Full course AC 143 - Managerial Accounting Full course AC 221 - Intermediate Accounting I Full course AC 223 - Intermediate Accounting II Full course AC 321 - Finance Full course EC 101 - Principles of Macroeconomics Full course EC 103 - Principles of Microeconomics Full course MA 120 - Elementary Statistics Full course Level II Courses: AC 243 - Cost Management Full course AC 415 - Federal Income Taxation Full course AC 451 - Auditing Full course Seminar AC 450 - Seminar in Accounting Full course Electives - Select at least one: AC 250 - Nonprofit Accounting Full course AC 351 - Advanced Accounting Full course AC 369 - Financial Management Full course AC 425 - Capital Budgeting Full course Other as approved (varies) BU 209 - Legal Environment of Business Full course BU 111 - Management Information Systems Full course BU 218 - Analytics in Operations Full course BU 331 - Investments Full course Experiential Component - choose one: BU 496 - Organizational Problem Solving Full course BU 498 - Business Administration and Accounting Internship Full course Study Abroad (when approved) Recommended Courses for Further Study: BU 209 - Legal Environment of Business Full course BU 214 - Management Full course Internship sites for accounting students include: Aon Capital Group Burton Snowboards Keurig Green Mountain Coffee Morphotrust USA McGladrey/RSM Northwestern Mutual Pandora Media UBS Financial After graduation, our majors go on to careers like: Accountant Audit Associate Tax Associate Audit Services Accounts Payable Representative Investment Administrator Our recent accounting graduates are employed at firms like: AIG Insurance Management Aon Corporation BDO CBIZ Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Fidelity Investments Hanover Insurance Group Idea Nuova Global KPMG National Life New England Federal Credit Union Pricewaterhouse Coopers Riperian RSM Sapers & Wallack State Street Corporation