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.
* 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.
Requirements for a minor in Accounting
A student must complete the following 18 credit hours:
To declare a minor, a special form must be filed with the Records Office by the end of the student's junior year. Interested students should see their adviser.
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.
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.