CURRICULUM & COURSES

Two degree plans are available:
  • the 120-hour BBA curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of accounting and business fields, tailored to their individual interests.
  • the 5-year (150-hour) BBA/MBA curriculum prepares students for careers in public accounting, as well as higher-level entry points into major banks, corporations, government agencies and other organizations. Students must apply to the 5-year program by December of their junior year.
Students who complete either plan qualify for admission to the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.

All accounting majors are required to complete a minimum 400-hour, non-credit accounting internship as part of the degree requirements. Internships must be approved in advance by the School of Business internship director. (Please refer to the Accounting Internship Syllabus.)

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.

 Requirements    Credits 
 Accounting 36
      ACCT 201. Introduction to Financial Accounting
      ACCT 202. Introduction to Managerial Accounting
      ACCT 308. Advanced Managerial Accounting
      ACCT 305. Accounting Information Systems
      ACCT 361. Intermediate Financial Reporting I
      ACCT 362. Intermediate Financial Reporting II
      ACCT 310. Introduction to Taxes
      ACCT 420. Financial Statement Analysis (capstone)
      ACCT 399. Accounting Internship
      Accounting Electives*
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
0
12
   
 Other Business Courses
 24
     QMX 212. Statistical Applications for Business
     BIS 310. Business Information Systems
     MGT 301. Management and Organizational Behavior
     MKT 301. Principles of Marketing
     FIN 301. Corporation Finance
     MGT 306. Production and Operations Management
     BLX 210. Business Law I
     MGT 413. Business Policy
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
3
   
 Non-Business Courses
60
Economics
     ECO 101. Microeconomic Principles
     ECO 102. Macroeconomic Principles
Quantitative Reasoning
     MATH 121. Finite Mathematics for Management & Social Sciences**
     MATH 122. Calculus for Management & Social Sciences**
     QMX 211. Introduction to Statistics
Technology and Communications
     IT 120. Introduction to Computers
     ENG 250. Advanced Oral and Written Communication
          or: ENG 260. Advanced Composition: Business
Clare College (Core Curriculum at St. Bonaventure)***
     CLAR 101. The Intellectual Journey
     CLAR 110. Composition and Critical Thinking I
     CLAR 111. Composition and Critical Thinking II
     Core Area Courses:
          CLAR 103. Foundations of the Western World
          CLAR 105. Inquiry in the Social World
          CLAR 206. Foundational Religious Texts of the Western World
          CLAR 207. The Catholic-Franciscan Heritage
          CLAR 208. World Views
          CLAR 209. Arts and Literature
          CLAR 302 & CLRL 302. Inquiry in the Natural World
          CLAR 304. The Good Life
     CLAR 401. The University Forum
Non-Business Elective

3
3

3
3
3

3

3

3
3
3

3
3
3
3
3
3
4
3
2
3
   
 TOTAL  120
* Students pursuing the five-year accounting program (dual degree BBA/MBA) must take ACCT 401, ACCT 404, ACCT 405; BLX 211; and or 421. Students pursuing the BBA (not the five-year accounting program) may select ACCT electives from 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 151and 121. The remaining credits must be from non-business courses.
*** The Clare College curriculum also includes a three-credit quantitative reasoning requirement. Accounting majors satisfy this requirement by passing any of the courses listed in the above table under Quantitative Reasoning.


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.

 FIRST YEAR
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester
Credits
CLAR 101
MATH 121*
CLAR 110
ACCT 201
Core Area Course/IT 120
UNIV 101
3
3
3
3
3
1
MATH 122*
ECO 101
CLAR 111
ACCT 202
IT 120/Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
 Total
16 Total
15
       
 SECOND YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ECO 102
QMX 211
ACCT 305
Core Area Course
MKT 301/MGT 301
3
3
3
3
3
MKT 301/MGT 301/FIN 301
MKT 301/MGT 301/FIN 301
BIS 310
QMX 212
ACCT 308
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15 Total
15
       
 THIRD YEAR
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT 361
ACCT 310
ENG 250 or 260
Core Area Course
Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
ACCT 362
Non-business Elective
ACCT Elective** (ACCT 404)
Core Area Course
MGT 306
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15
Total
15
       
 FOURTH YEAR: BBA STUDENTS:
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT Elective**
ACCT Elective**
BLX 210
Core Area Course
CLAR 401
ACCT 399
3
3
3
4
2
0
ACCT 420
ACCT Elective**
MGT 413
Core Area Course
Core Area Course
3
3
3
3
3
 Total 15
Total
15
*May substitute MATH 151 for MATH 121 and MATH 122. The remaining credits must be from non-business courses.
**Students pursuing the 5-year accounting program (dual degree BBA/MBA) must take ACCT 401, ACCT 404, ACCT 405, BLX 211, and FIN 401 or FIN 421. Students pursuing the BBA (not the five-year program) may select ACCT electives from ACCT 401, ACCT 401, ACCT 403, ACCT 404, ACCT 405, ACCT 498, ACCT 499, BLX 211, BLX 402, BIS 335, BIS 420, FIN 312, FIN 321, FIN 401, FIN 402, FIN 410, FIN 421, FIN 422, FIN 461, MGT 322, MGT 330, MGT 422, MGT 430, and MGT 431. ACCT electives must be approved by the student's adviser and must include at least two courses with a prefix of ACCT.
BBA/MBA students please see below for the appropriate plans of studies for years four and five.
Elective Courses
For students wishing to expand their knowledge beyond the minimum degree requirements, Advanced Taxes will be available as an elective in the senior year. Students in the MBA/BBA (5-year) program area are required to take Advanced Taxes in their senior year rather than Business Policy.

5-year Program - B.B.A / M.B.A.

  1. A "3 + 2" structure is used. All accounting majors follow the same plan of studies through the fall semester of their junior year.  Students admitted to the five-year program take ACCT 404 in the spring semester of their junior year.
  2. Students will apply for admission to the five-year program by December of their junior year. The criteria for admission to the program include satisfactory performance in undergraduate coursework, as determined by GPA, and on the Graduate Management Admissions test.
  3. The BBA degree and the MBA degree are awarded at the end of the fifth year.
 FOURTH YEAR: BBA/MBA STUDENTS
 Fall Semester  Credits  Spring Semester
Credits
ACCT 401
ACCT 405
BLX 210
Core Area Course/FIN Elective
Core Area Course
MBA 628
3
3
3
3
3
3
ACCT 420
Core Area Course/FIN Elective
BLX 211
Core Area Course
CLAR 401
MBA 629
3
3
3
4
2
3
 Total
18 Total
18
       
 FIFTH YEAR: BBA/MBA STUDENTS
 Fall Semester
Credits
Spring Semester
Credits
MBA 613
MBA 611
MBA 614
MBA 633
3
3
3
3
MBA 610
MBA 612
MBA 635
MBA 649
3
3
3
3
 Total 12 Total
12