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.

  • MBA: The five-year (150-hour) BBA/Master of Business Administration is a full-time integrated program that begins during the senior year of your undergraduate studies. Students who complete the program will earn both a BBA and MBA. 
All accounting majors are required to complete a minimum 400-hour, non-credit internship as part of the degree requirements. Internships must be approved in advance by the School of Business Internship Director. (Please see the Accounting Internship Syllabus.)

Inquiries about this five-year program should be directed to either department chair Dr. Joseph Coate or Accounting Five-Year Program Director Brian McAllister.

Minor In Accounting

Students may major or minor in accounting at St. Bonaventure University. Get the details about all of our programs by downloading our Fact Sheet.

CPA and CMA

The 5-year curriculum is registered with the New York State Department of Education, allowing students who major in accounting to be admitted to the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) examination. In addition, students in the five-year program 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.

 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.
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.