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Accounting

Fast Facts: Accounting

  • The four-year accounting program prepares students to sit for the CMA, CIA and, in a few jurisdictions, the CPA examination; the alternative 150 credit-hour program is designed for jurisdictions that have this requirement to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Classes are taught by dedicated faculty, all of whom have professional accounting certifications and work experience as professional accountants.
  • Students not only learn how to apply the latest technology to the accounting field but also take courses that encourage competency in other key areas of business such as finance, management, statistics, marketing, computer science and economics.
  • The program emphasizes the importance of effective oral and written communication skills as well as the application of an ethical code to business decision-making.  

Program Requirements

Major: 76 credits

Minor: 20 credits

Internships and Other Opportunities

Students in the accounting program are strongly encouraged to complete an accounting internship and can choose to do so from among a number of organizations in the area such as Wells Fargo, US Bank, Thrivent Financial, Human Development Center and Allete, among others. 

Career Outlook

Accountants are critical to the success of businesses, corporations, government agencies and non-profit organizations worldwide. Through their ability to prepare, analyze, interpret and use financial information in the process of business decision-making, accountants are highly-valued business professionals.

Scholastica graduates have gone on to obtain jobs at many well-known companies, including McGladrey, Allete, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Wells Fargo, US Bank, H & R Block, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Target, Essentia Health, CBIZ, Larson Allen, Cargill, Thrivent Financial, Western Bank, Anderson, Hager & Moe, Human Development Center and The  College of St. Scholastica. Others have gone on to attend graduate school at the University of Minnesota, St. Cloud State University, the University of St. Thomas, Marquette University and The College of St. Scholastica

Boost your brain power and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, French, German, Latin, Ojibwe, Russian and Spanish.

Sample Curriculum

Here are some classes you could take as part of this major or minor. Please note that you would not necessarily need all of these courses to fulfill a major or minor. This list doesn't include general education courses. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.

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Expand and Collapse ACC 2210 - Principles of Financial Accounting

An introduction to the preparation and use of financial accounting information. Course includes preparation and analysis of financial statements and related disclosures.

Expand and Collapse ACC 2220 - Principles of Managerial Accounting

An introduction to the internal use of accounting information to plan, control and evaluate the activities of business organizations. Course emphasizes problem solving and decision making for manufacturing and service enterprises.

Expand and Collapse ACC 3300 - Cost Accounting

Examines the theory and practice of cost accumulation and analysis with particular emphasis on the design, operation and evaluation of cost management systems used by business enterprises.

Expand and Collapse ACC 3310 - Intermediate Accounting I

Examines the theory of generally accepted accounting principles and its application to complex financial reporting issues including the valuation of balance sheet accounts, determination of net income and preparation of financial statements and related disclosures.

Expand and Collapse ACC 3320 - Intermediate Accounting II

Examines the theory of generally accepted accounting principles and its application to complex financial reporting issues including the valuation of balance sheet accounts, determination of net income and preparation of financial statements and related disclosures.

Expand and Collapse ACC 3400 - Accounting Information Systems

Examines the theory and practice of data management and control as they relate to the design, implementation and use of accounting information systems.

Expand and Collapse ACC 4420 - Income Tax Accounting

Examines the application of current income tax regulations to individuals and business entities. A strategic decision-making approach is emphasized. Completion of ACC 2210 is recommended prior to enrollment in this course.

Expand and Collapse ACC 4430 - Auditing

Examines the standards and procedures associated with a financial statement audit conducted by an independent accountant.

Expand and Collapse ACC 4450 - Advanced Accounting

Examines the accounting issues associated with business combinations, intercompany investments, partnerships and governmental and not-for-profit entities.

Expand and Collapse CIS 2105 - Information System Application

A practical approach to how software systems are used to address business needs. Students will explore common information problems businesses face, identify the data needed to solve the problems, and how that data needs to be manipulated and presented. These tasks will require the use of a wide range of software including databases, spreadsheets, report writing presentation, and multimedia software. Students will be required to do one or more extended projects in the course that will require research, analysis, and presentation in both paper and electronic format. Prerequisite: CIS 1008.

Expand and Collapse ECN 2230 - Principles of Microeconomics

Focuses on how economists explain the behavior of individuals, how markets direct activities and the policy implications that flow from economic analysis. Emphasis is less on the development of theories and more on the application of theories. Course examines how developments in other fields, most notably evolutionary psychology, have affected microeconomics. Prerequisite: MTH at 1000 level or permission of instructor.

Expand and Collapse ENG 3364 - MGT Communications: Written

Emphasis on the writing process as appropriate to the management situation. Students complete a series of writing assignments including letters, memos, proposals, problem-solving reports, informational reports and group writing projects. The emphasis is on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students will be introduced to writing for the electronic media. Students must be juniors and have some professional experience before enrolling. Prerequisite ENG 1110 or competency.

Expand and Collapse FIN 3420 - Financial Management

Examines the concepts and tools that are needed by managers when making financial decisions. Students are required to analyze a financial statement, assess risk, calculate the cost of capital for capital budgeting, and describe the methods for valuing securities such as stocks and bonds for an organization. Approach to the course content is from a manager's perspective on how to make value-creating decisions for an organization's stakeholders. Prerequisite: ACC 2210.

Expand and Collapse MGT 2120 - Principles of Management

Introduction to the process of management. Course includes the history of management theory with emphasis on forces of change that have resulted in a changing view of the business world for managers. Principle management functions covered are planning, organizing, leading and the process of control as an information feedback function for increasing productivity. Emphasis is on the integration of all management functions into one effort for visionary, effective and efficient operations.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3130 - Quantitative Methods

Includes forecasting, quality assurance, project management and other mathematical models for data analysis. Software is used to solve and illustrate problems and solutions.

Expand and Collapse MGT 3150 - MGT Communications: Written

Emphasis on the writing process as adapted to the management situation. Students complete a series of writing assignments including letters, memos, proposals, problem-solving reports and informational reports and procedures, with an emphasis on audience adaptation, clarity of purpose, adequacy of support and correct format. Students will be introduced to writing for electronic media. Students must be juniors and have some professional experience before enrolling. Prerequisite: ENG 1110 or competency.

Expand and Collapse MGT 4160 - Legal Aspects of Management

Nature and functions of law with emphasis on applications in economics, marketing and management. Course includes contracts and business entities and the regulation of business under federal and state administrative agencies.

Expand and Collapse MTH 1111 - College Algebra

Topics include a brief review of elementary algebra, introduction to polynomial, exponential, logarithmic and trigonometric functions using both symbolic and graphic approaches. Emphasis is on applications in a variety of disciplines and solutions of real-world problems. Students planning to continue mathematics receive appropriate preparation. Prerequisite: three years of high school math or instructor's permission.

Expand and Collapse PSY 3331 - Statistics

Covers basic statistical concepts and methods useful in conducting research and evaluating results of studies done by others. Topics include frequency distributions and graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, transformed scores, correlations, multiple regression, hypothesis testing (t test, analysis of variance, and chi square), selection of appropriate statistics, calculation with MS Excel spreadsheets and SPSS, interpretation of the "results" sections of journal articles, and numeracy (understanding and using numbers in decision-making). Prerequisite: competence in arithmetic.

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  • “The accounting faculty are dedicated to teaching — taking time to answer questions, meet outside of class and prepare engaging courses filled with plenty of practical knowledge. I was also given many opportunities to connect with outside firms and employers. Overall, I am very satisfied with my experience here.”

    – Brett Tester, ‘13