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2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, B.S.B.A.


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The goal of the accounting program is to provide students with the knowledge and skills expected of accountants today for the accomplishment of successful and rewarding careers.

In order to achieve this goal, students are exposed to both theoretical and practical accounting material with appropriate emphasis being given to logical reasoning and communication (written and oral) skills and the study of information systems and international practices.

The undergraduate program for a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting requires the completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours, which includes the satisfactory completion of the following six required courses and one accounting elective:

B.S.B.A. Core Requirements


All B.S.B.A. majors in the John L. Grove College of Business should satisfactorily complete the 100-/200-level business core courses during their freshman and sophomore years and the 300-400-level business core courses during their junior and senior years, as listed below.

Note:


  • Students who place at the advanced level in the mathematics placement/competency test are not required to take MAT 140A /MAT 140B . In lieu of MAT 140A /MAT 140B , students are required to take an additional free elective.
  • Completion of ECO 101  and ECO 102  will satisfy the requirement for ECO 113 .
  • Completion of MAT 117  taken at Shippensburg University will satisfy the requirement for SCM 200  .
  • MGT 447   Satisfies university diversity requirement.

Major Course Requirements


Students should meet with their faculty advisor to plan the sequencing of their major program of study. Students interested in a double major and/or minor shall be required to take the prescribed courses in each respective major and/or minor. Students can double count one course between business majors with the permission of the respective department chair(s). Refer to the index under Double Majors and Minors for further information.

Note:


A student graduating with a major in accounting must be proficient in the use of microcomputers to function effectively in the accounting profession. In order to develop the proficiency expected of an accounting graduate, assignments will be given throughout the accounting program which require the use of a microcomputer. By the middle of the sophomore year a student majoring in accounting will be expected to have acquired a personal computer which is compatible with the hardware and software used by the Department of Accounting. Our computer labs, though well-equipped, are utilized by all college of business students. Due to this high demand, a personal computer is invaluable in fulfilling accounting major course requirements.

Accounting Career Opportunities


The accounting program is designed to prepare students for national and international careers in professional, industrial, and non-profit accounting. The Accounting Department is cognizant of developments in the academic and professional accounting areas to ensure the curricula and teaching methods are of the highest standards.

Accounting B.S.B.A./M.B.A. Five-Year Program


An accelerated B.S.B.A./M.B.A. program is proposed for students who are qualified on the basis of scholastic aptitude, academic performance, and accounting-related work experience. Students who qualify for the program may earn both the bachelor’s and master’s of Business Administration within a total period of ten semesters and two summer sessions. Students would be admitted provisionally at beginning of their fourth year upon meeting the admission requirements.

General Education Requirements


Foundations (15-16 crs.)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course (‘D’ rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course (‘G’ rubric).

Citizenship and Responsibility (6 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Citizenship


Guide and prompt students to understand responsible citizenship through the development of ideas of citizenship and rights, how society protect or fails to protect basic rights, and avenues for individual or collective action.

Ethical Reasoning


Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.

Natural World and Technology (9 crs.)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world (‘N’ rubric).

Natural World


Guide and prompt students to understand the scientific method and resulting principles and theories, critically evaluating data to answer questions about the natural world.

Creativity and Expression (6 crs.)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course (‘L’ rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity (‘A’ or ‘C’ rubrics).

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