A major in public accounting leading to a Bachelor of Science with Special Attainments in Commerce requires 56 credits (with 144 credits total being required to graduate) as follows:
- ACCT 201, 202, 310, 320, 321, 330, 355, 360; BUS 211, 221, 346; ECON 101, 102, INTR 201, 202
- BUS 217 or 345 (INTR 345)
- BUS 398 or 399
- Six credits chosen from among ACCT 297, 311 , 328, 329, 340, 356, 403, 453, and 493 (3-3)
The major in public accounting is appropriate for students who are interested in sitting for the CPA examination, for which nearly all states require at least a bachelor’s degree and 150 credits of college-level work. Students interested in taking the examination and working for a public accounting firm after graduation are strongly urged to consult the department head as early as possible in their college careers to discuss the curricular options.
An agreement with the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia allows accounting majors an expedited application process for the Master of Science in Accounting. Please see the department head for more information.