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  • Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics and Government 

    The Accounting Program

    As evidenced by the strong demand in recent years for SVC accounting graduates, the marketplace has clearly seen the value of a degree in accounting. An undergraduate curriculum in accounting offers a student not only the specific skills needed to begin a career in accounting, but also provides a broad overview of all areas of a business enterprise.

    Distinctive features of the McKenna School Accounting Major

    1. McKenna business majors are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)—one of the top two premier accrediting agencies for business schools worldwide. With a requirement for faculty professional development and courses primarily (at least 70% at SVC) taught by PhDs, the ACBSP is the number one business accreditation program devoted to teaching excellence and service to students. 
       
    2. Our accounting job and internship placements are exceptional.
      2010-11 Accounting job placements within six months of graduation:
      Placement: 22 out of 24 graduates, 2 are unknown, median starting salary is $44,000
      • Bayer (2 students) 
      • Ernst & Young (3 students)
      • ATT
      • BNY Mellon (2 students)
      • Bechtel
      • McCrory and McDowell
      • Tower Metrix
      • S.R. Snodgrass (2 students)
      • McClure and Wolf, CPA
       
      • Schneider Downs
      • Center Rock, Inc.
      • Zimack Properties
      • D. G. Sisterson
      • Alpern Rosenthal
      • Reed Smith
      • Old Republic Insurance (accounting)
      • Howard Hanna (Relocations Department)
       

      May 2012 Graduates, early data: Median Starting Salary is $45,250.

      • Ernst and Young 
      •  Schneider Downs
      •  Kennametal Corporation
       
      • Sisterson
      • MS in Accounting at University of Pittsburgh
       
    3. Rankings: The McKenna business seniors score exceptionally well on the ETS undergraduate business field test. Out of 685 accredited (i.e., ACBSP and AACSB) business schools, we consistently rank overall in the top 10% of the nation. Three of last four years, in accounting, we scored in the top 13.5% of the nation and in the top 4.5% in 2008-09.
       
    4. Students can complete the 150 credit hour requirement for the CPA in four years. After graduating, if you require an additional semester to achieve the 150 credits, you make take additional classes at SVC at a 50% discount or you may take graduate business credits with a 15% tuition discount.
       
    5. Students may join Women in Business, the Finance Club, Marketing Matrix, the OE Club, the Entrepreneurship Club, and Delta Mu Delta, the national Greek honor society for business majors.
    • Prepares students for entry-level positions in public accounting, industry, government, or other accounting-related positions;
    • Prepares interested students for graduate study in business;
    • Prepares students for further study leading to professional certification as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant (CMA), and other professional certifications.

    All Accounting majors must take College and Business Core Classes.

    College Core (48 credits)
    TH 119 First Theology (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    Theology (200 Level) - 3 credits
    Theology (300 Level) - 3 credits
    History (100 Level) - 3 credits
    History (200 Level) - 3 credits
    PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits
    Philosophy Elective (PL 215 Ethics suggested) - 3 credits
    Natural Science with lab (see Bulletin) - 4 credits
    Natural Science with lab (see Bulletin) - 4 credits
    EL 102 Language and Rhetoric (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    English Elective (Literature Course) - 3 credits
    English Elective - 3 credits
    Fine Arts (100 Level) - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    Foreign Language Intermediate Level - 3 credits
    First-Year Seminar (additional hour) - 1 credit    

    Business Core (43 credits) Credits
    BA 100* Financial Accounting I (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    BA 170* Organizational Behavior (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    BA 220 Principles of Marketing (2nd semester freshmen year) - 3 credits
    BA 265 Management Information Systems (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 305 Business Ethics (junior year preferred) - 3 credits
    BA 320 Corporate Finance I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 340 Business Law (junior year) - 3 credits
    BA 350 Statistics I (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 351 Statistics II (sophomore year) - 3 credits or
       EC 360 Econometrics (sophomore year) - 3 credits
    BA 495 Business Policy and Strategy (senior year) - 3 credits
    EC 101 Principles of Microeconomics (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    EC 102 Principles of Macroeconomics (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    PS 100* Principles of American Politics - 3 credits
    MA 109/111* Calculus I (freshmen year) - 4 credits
    BA 00P ePortfolio Requirement (semester of graduation--pass/fail) 

    Accounting Major Requirements (27 credits)
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II (freshmen year) - 3 credits
    BA 200 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 201 Intermediate Accounting II - 3 credits
    BA 300 Cost Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 310 Taxes I - 3 credits
    BA 405 Auditing - 3 credits
    BA 470 International Accounting - 3 credits

    Choose two courses from the following:
    BA 301 Cost Accounting II - 3 credits
    BA 311 Taxes II - 3 credits
    BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 credits
    BA 400 Advanced Accounting - 3 credits
    BA 406 Forensics Auditing - 3 credits
    BA 420** Accounting Information Systems - 3 credits
    BA 440 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting - 3 credits

    Electives (6 credits)  

    *Satisfies Core Curriculum requirements for Mathematics and Social Sciences.
    ** BA 420 Accounting Information Systems (AIS) (junior year) is suggested for Accounting majors to take after MIS.

    Accounting Minor Required Courses 
    BA 100 Financial Accounting I - 3 credits 
    BA 101 Financial Accounting II - 3 credits
    BA 200 Intermediate Accounting I - 3 credits 
    BA 201 Intermediate Accounting II - 3 credits 
    In addition to the above, any two of the following:
    BA 150 Managerial Accounting - 3 credits or
         BA 300 Cost Accounting I - 3 credits
    BA 301 Cost Accounting II - 3 credits 
    BA 310 Taxes I - 3 credits 
    BA 311 Taxes II - 3 credits
    BA 325 Analysis of Financial Statements - 3 credits 
    BA 400 Advanced Accounting - 3 credits 
    BA 405 Auditing - 3 credits 
    BA 406 Forensics Auditing - 3 credits 
    BA 420 Accounting Information Systems - 3 credits 
    BA 440 Government and Not-For-Profit Accounting - 3 credits
    BA 470 International Accounting - 3 credits
     

    Students are responsible for verifying with their advisor that there have been no changes to this checklist. 

    Business Portfolio Must Be Completed Before Graduation  

    Work to be included:

    • Business Ethics Paper written in BA 170 (First Year)
    • Updated Business Ethics Paper written in BA 305
    • Resume (Completed first year and updated each year.)
    • Experiential Project defined by major -- at least one
    • Information Systems Analysis Project
    • Oral Presentation from 300 level business class or above
    • Term paper written in 300 level business class or above
    • Optional: Professional Thesis  
    Students obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting will possess the necessary prerequisite coursework to satisfy the standards of our accrediting agency (The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs). Students will achieve knowledge in the following areas: management, accounting, marketing, economics, statistics, finance, business ethics, legal environment of a business, business policy and strategy, quantitative skills, global dimensions of business, and information systems.