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​The objectives of the Bachelor of Science in Business with a major in Accountancy are to provide students with a solid foundation in the theory, principles, and procedures of the discipline and professional practice of accountancy, including the study of financial, managerial and tax accounting as well as auditing and systems; to encourage and prepare students for professional certification; to foster an understanding of the profession of accountancy and its role in modern business environments; and to develop an awareness of the need for continuing intellectual development through either professional or academic means.​​

Program Requirements Quarter Hours
Business Core Requirements 60
Liberal Studies Requirements 72
Major Requirements 50
Open Electives 10
Total hours required 192

Learning Outcomes

Core Outcomes

  • ​​Use analytical and reflective skills in decision making.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Recognize legal and ethical issues confronting them.
  • Contribute to the performance of a group within a business setting.
  • Know the differences among global economies, institutions, business practices and cultures.
  • Acquire knowledge of the functional areas of business and the interrelationships among the functional areas within a business.​

Program Specific Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Apply and explain the application of accounting standards and regulation, and where appropriate international accounting standards.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Use research databases to research accounting issues.
  • Apply accounting knowledge in new and unfamiliar circumstances.
  • Use technology and data analytics to facilitate accounting and auditing decisions. ​

College Core Requirements

Business Core Requirements

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete foundational courses in the areas of accountancy, economics, finance, management, and marketing. The core curriculum also includes courses that emphasize the increasingly quantitative and technological nature of business, the importance of the entrepreneurial mindset, and how students can use their business education to address important social challenges.

Course Requirements

For a student to complete the Bachelor of Science in Business, the following Business Core courses totaling at least 60.0 hours are required:

Course Title Quarter Hours
Business Core Courses
ACC 101INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I 14
ACC 102INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II 14
BUS 101INTRODUCTION TO DRIEHAUS: BUSINESS FUNDAMENTALS AND THE ENTREPRENEURIAL MINDSET4
BUS 102BUSINESS ANALYTICS4
BUS 103BUSINESS FOR SOCIAL GOOD4
ECO 105PRINCIPLES OF MICROECONOMICS4
ECO 106PRINCIPLES OF MACROECONOMICS4
FIN 310INTRODUCTION TO FINANCE4
MAT 137BUSINESS STATISTICS4
MGT 300PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT4
MGT 301PRINCIPLES OF OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT 44
MKT 301PRINCIPLES OF MARKETING4
Business Technology 2
Select one of the following:4
BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY
INTRODUCTION TO COMPUTER SCIENCE I
SYSTEMS ANALYSIS AND DESIGN
Business Communication 3
Select one of the following:4
EFFECTIVE BUSINESS COMMUNICATION
BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
Global Business Perspective 5
Select one of the following:4
EUROPEAN ECONOMIC HISTORY
RADICAL RESPONSES TO CAPITALISM
TOPICS IN GLOBAL ECONOMIES
UNDERSTANDING CHINA'S ECONOMY
ECONOMICS OF LOW-INCOME COUNTRIES
INTERNATIONAL TRADE
INTERNATIONAL MONETARY ECONOMICS
ECONOMICS OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
INTERNATIONAL FINANCE
GLOBAL IPOs & VENTURE CAPITAL
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS SEMINAR
GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
MARKETING ACROSS CULTURES: A CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE ON MULTICULTURAL MARKETS
MARKETING IN A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
WORK IN A GLOBALIZED WORLD
A course taken as part of a term-long study abroad program
1

Strobel students take specially designated sections of all required ACC classes, including ACC 101 and ACC 102 (excluding ACC 250 and ACC 300).​

2

Actuarial Science and Economic Data Analytics majors must take CSC 241.

MIS majors must take MIS 360.

3

MKT majors and Sales minors must take MKT 276.

4

MGT 301-H is required if pursuing the Management Honors Program.

5

A course taken for Global Business Perspective that is in a student's major or minor field must be completed with a minimum grade of C- .

Business Core Timeline

  • BUS 101, BUS 102 and BUS 103 are intended to be completed by students during their first year of enrollment in the college.  
  • Business core requirements may be prerequisites to other courses.
  • Planning is essential to a student’s graduation timeline.
  • Academic advisors work with students to co-create customized degree completion plans and assist with balancing course load.

Business Ethics

All undergraduate students in the Driehaus College of Business complete a course in Business Ethics. It is recommended students take MGT 248 or PHL 248 in Philosophical Inquiry or MGT 228 or REL 228 in Religious Dimensions in the Liberal Studies Program (or University Honors Program) Requirements.

Second Majors and Minors

The addition of a second major or minor may affect the Business Core classes required for a student. Meet with an academic advisor to confirm requirements.

Math Requirements for all business majors (except Actuarial Science majors)

Grade Minimum Requirements for Accountancy Major

A minimum grade of C- is required for the following: ACC 101, ACC 102, BUS 101, BUS 102BUS 103BUS 202, ECO 105, ECO 106, and MAT 137.

Liberal Studies Requirements

Honors program requirements can be found in the individual Colleges & Schools section of the University Catalog. Select the appropriate college or school, followed by Undergraduate Academics and scroll down.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year ProgramHours
Chicago Quarter  
LSP 110
DISCOVER CHICAGO
or EXPLORE CHICAGO
4
Focal Point  
LSP 112 FOCAL POINT SEMINAR 4
Writing  
WRD 103 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC I 1 4
WRD 104 COMPOSITION AND RHETORIC II 1 4
Quantitative Reasoning  
Not Required  
Sophomore Year
Race, Power, and Resistance  
LSP 200 SEMINAR ON RACE, POWER, AND RESISTANCE 4
Junior Year
Experiential Learning  
Required 4
Senior Year
Capstone  
ICS 392 SENIOR SEMINAR 1 4

Learning Domains

Arts and Literature (AL)

  • 3 Courses Required

Historical Inquiry (HI)

  • 2 Courses Required 

Math and Computing (MC)

  • Not Required

Philosophical Inquiry (PI)

  • 2 Courses Required1

Religious Dimensions (RD)

  • 2 Courses Required1

Scientific Inquiry (SI)

  • 1 Lab Course Required

Social, Cultural, and Behavioral Inquiry (SCBI)

  • 1 Course Required 

Notes

Specified required courses within Liberal Studies may have grade minimums (e.g. C- or better). Please consult your advisor or your college and major requirements.​

Courses offered in the student's primary major cannot be taken to fulfill LSP Domain requirements. If students double major, LSP Domain courses may double count for both LSP credit and the second major. Students who choose to take an experiential learning course offered by the major may count it either as a general elective or the Experiential Learning requirement.

In meeting learning domain requirements, no more than one course that is outside the student’s major and is cross-listed with a course within the student’s major, can be applied to count for LSP domain credit. This policy does not apply to those who are pursuing a double major or earning BFA or BM degrees.

Major Requirements

Course Requirements

In addition to ACC 101 and ACC 102, a student majoring in Accountancy is required to complete the following courses totaling at least 50.0 hours:

Course Title Quarter Hours
ACC 250CAREER MANAGEMENT FOR ACCOUNTANTS2
ACC 300ADVANCED ANALYTICS FOR ACCOUNTANTS4
ACC 301ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS4
ACC 303COST & MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING4
ACC 304FINANCIAL REPORTING I4
ACC 305FINANCIAL REPORTING II4
ACC 306FINANCIAL REPORTING III4
ACC 308ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I 4
ACC 312ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING II (formerly ACC 350)4
ACC 372AUDITING I4
ACC 374AUDITING II4
ACC 380TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY4
ACC 383TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS4

Career Management Course

Students are required to complete the Career Course (250) associated with the major. Students who double major may choose the Career Course (250) associated with either major provided that hours for graduation are satisfied. Students should take the Career Course as soon as possible.

Open Electives

Open elective credit (10.0 hours) is needed to meet the minimum graduation requirement of 192 hours.

Financial Reporting Course

Students who have taken the financial accounting course, ACC 307-H  taught within the finance cohort are exempt from taking the financial accounting course ACC 304.

Graduation Requirements

All Accountancy (ACC) courses and any courses used toward the Accountancy major must be completed with a minimum grade of C- and with a combined GPA of 2.000 or higher.​

Concentration Requirements

A concentration provides focus to the major. In addition to any college core requirements, liberal studies requirements and major requirements, students may choose the following:

Sample Schedule

Students majoring in Accountancy are encouraged to take the required courses in the following order:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall QuarterHours
ACC 101 INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING I 4
Winter Quarter
ACC 102 INTRODUCTION TO ACCOUNTING II 4
ACC 250 CAREER MANAGEMENT FOR ACCOUNTANTS 2
Spring Quarter
ACC 303 COST & MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING 4
Second Year
Fall Quarter
ACC 300 ADVANCED ANALYTICS FOR ACCOUNTANTS 4
ACC 304 FINANCIAL REPORTING I 4
Winter Quarter
ACC 305 FINANCIAL REPORTING II 4
Spring Quarter
ACC 306 FINANCIAL REPORTING III 4
Third Year
Fall Quarter
ACC 301 ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS 4
ACC 372 AUDITING I 4
Winter Quarter
ACC 374 AUDITING II 4
Spring Quarter
ACC 380 TAX TREATMENT OF INDIVIDUALS AND PROPERTY 4
Fourth Year
Fall Quarter
ACC 383 TAX TREATMENT OF CORPORATIONS AND PARTNERSHIPS 4
Winter Quarter
ACC 308 ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING I 4
Spring Quarter
ACC 312 ADVANCED FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING II 4

Students should take ACC 250 as soon as possible.​