CURRICULUM & COURSES
Accounting at SBU is more than a classroom experience – it’s the beginning of your career. Our curriculum is designed to give you first-hand experience with real clients through internship and independent study opportunities as well as your core curriculum. At SBU, you'll learn both the intuitive and analytical aspects of accounting, providing you with a balance of interpersonal and analytical skills, and setting you apart from other job candidates.
As an accounting student at St. Bonaventure, you will be prepared for an exciting depth and range of career opportunities in accounting and financial management.
Major in Accounting
Two Accounting degree plans are available:
- BBA: The 120-hour Bachelor of Business Administration prepares accounting students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
- BBA and MBA: This 4+1 program (150 hours in total) is structured so that students first earn a BBA in accounting and then an MBA in professional accountancy. Students in good academic standing may take up to 9 credits of graduate coursework during the senior year of your undergraduate studies. With careful planning, students can, therefore, complete both degrees in 5 years.
Inquiries about either option may be directed to Department of Accounting Chair Dr. C. Joseph Coate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about the 4+1 option, or MBA in Professional Accountancy, may also contact MBA Director Brian McAllister, CPA, at email@example.com.
Minor In Accounting
Students may major or minor in accounting at St. Bonaventure University. Learn more at Minors in Business.
CPA and CMA
The 150-hour curriculum is registered with the New York State Department of Education, allowing students who complete both the BBA in accounting and MBA in professional accountancy to be admitted to the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. In addition, students qualify for admission to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examination.
Requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
The following table summarizes all requirements for a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. For an overview of a particular course, click on its title. Our Course Descriptions
page lists all accounting courses. For one possible breakdown of the accounting major by semester, see the Plan of Study below.
* Students planning to pursue Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program must take ACCT 401, ACCT 404, ACCT 405 and one additional elective from the list below. Students not intending to pursue the Professional Accountancy (150-hour CPA) track in the MBA program may select 12 credits of electives:
ACCT 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 498, 499; BLX 211, 402; BIS 335, 420; FIN 312, 321, 401, 402, 410, 421, 422, 461; MGT 322, 330, 422, 430, and 431. ACCT electives must be approved by the student's adviser and must include at least two courses with a prefix of ACCT.
** May substitute MATH 151 and 121. The remaining credits must be from non-business courses.
*** Students must complete 3 credit hours of business communications coursework. Students may select from ENG 230, ENG 250, ENG 260, SC 301 or a course approved by the chair of the Department of Accounting.
Requirements for a minor in Accounting
A student must complete the following 18 credit hours:
To declare a minor, a special form must be filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. Interested students should see their adviser.
Plan of Study for a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting
Changes in the sequence of the plan of study below may be desirable. These must be made in consultation with the student's academic adviser. To see the title of a course in the plan of study, simply pass the cursor over the course number. To see an overview of a course, click on its number. A list of all political science courses is found on our Course Descriptions page.