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College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting (B.S.)

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Preparation for entrance into the profession of accounting (public, private, or government) requires a basic business core in addition to a proficiency in accounting. Because of the importance of critical thinking, communication, technology, and quantitative techniques, students are urged to elect additional courses that strengthen these skills areas. Please refer to the Department of Business website for additional information and requirements:

Student Learning Outcomes for Accounting:

Students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of fundamental theories and principles in each functional area.
  • Integrate and apply knowledge across functional areas.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely in written and verbal forms.

Suggested Four Year Planner:

Fourth Year Suggested Courses:


Students may take EC 101  and EC 102  in any sequence.

EC 101  or EC 102  will fulfill both the Accounting major requirement and the Social Sciences core requirement.

MA 251  should be taken in the sophomore year. Students should take any necessary prerequisites in the first year depending on their math placement.

MA 251  will fulfill both the Accounting major requirement and the Mathematics core requirement.

BA 270  and BA 271  are to be taken in the sophomore year. Students should take BA 270 in the fall and BA 271 in the spring.

AC 205  and AC 206  should be taken in sequence normally beginning the fall of sophomore year.

For a suggested Four-Year Plan for the AC major, visit

CPA Certification/150-Hour Accounting Program

In order to become licensed as a certified public accountant (CPA), most states now require individuals to complete 150 credits of course work in addition to obtaining a bachelor’s degree and passing the CPA exam. For those students planning to pursue this certification, the student’s advisor will work with them to develop an individual plan to earn 150 credits that incorporates their state’s specific requirements. Most students are able to complete the additional credits within their four years at Elizabethtown through a combination of AP credits, additional semester courses, internships, and/or summer courses. Alternatively, students wishing to pursue a master’s degree can obtain the additional credit hours as part of their course of study in their master’s program. Several colleges and universities have developed one-year master’s degree programs for students who wish to pursue this option.

For further information: Contact Ms. Terrie Riportella, Edgar T. Bitting Professor of Accounting and Director of the Accounting Program.

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