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  Sep 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online

Business Administration (BSBA): Accounting Major


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The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) with an Accounting Major meets the needs of those who wish to pursue a career in the field of accounting.  It has been designed to provide a solid foundation for starting a career in the field and for continuing on to a graduate degree, with the possibility of qualifying for the Master of Accountancy Fast Track.  This degree also meets the needs of those who wish to become effective managers of people, projects, or their own business. The curriculum has been developed by professionals with both business and academic expertise. Courses require students to apply what they have learned to a work setting and thus are able to immediately test their personal and professional skills. The program’s goal is to ensure that the graduate will have acquired those sound analytical skills that are necessary to become an effective manager in either public or private institutions.

The program outcomes for the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Accounting major include the abilities to:

  • Acquire a solid foundation in accounting practices that may be applied towards fulfilling much of the educational requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam.
  • Complete the prerequisite and waiver requirements for the Master of Accountancy degree
  • Acquire various bodies of knowledge and competencies within specific areas of study or individual fields.
  • Demonstrate critical writing, thinking, calculating, and communication proficiencies.
  • Acquire broad areas of human knowledge to develop intellectual capacity and deepen insight within general fields of study.
  • Understand the foundation of ethical and professional standards including those specific to the field of accounting.
  • Develop a foundation for lifelong learning.
  • Obtain credential or degree needed to advance or enter professional career in the field of accounting.

Credits

Students enrolled in the program must earn 128 semester-hour credits, 25% of which must be completed through Saint Joseph’s College.

Students may transfer up to 21 general electives and 9 business electives for a total of 30 possible credits transferred.

Business courses consist of 63 credits, with 13 business core courses (39 semester-hour credits); 5 required major core courses (15 semester-hour credits); 3 business elective courses (9 semester-hour credits)

About the Curriculum

The program includes a core curriculum that provides a sound foundation for your degree in business administration. The Accounting major curriculum has been specifically designed to include all of the Master of Accountancy prerequisite courses.  It also provides the students with the opportunity to fast track into our graduate program with waivers for two courses in the Master of Accountancy program.

Master of Accountancy / Master of Accountancy Fast Track

Especially for those with serious goals of becoming a licensed CPA, the BSBA with an Accounting major can accelerate your progress.  The Accounting Major Requirements include all of the undergraduate prerequisite courses (total of 24 credits) required for admission into the Master of Accountancy program.

Students may be eligible to pursue our Master of Accountancy Fast Track to accelerate their progress. With successful completion of undergraduate *prerequisite coursework, students can fast track into our graduate program with waivers for two courses in the Master of Accountancy program.  **Completion of Intermediate Accounting I and II with at least a “B” waives the requirement to take the two equivalent graduate accounting courses (AC500 and AC510; 6 semester-hour credits), thus providing a Fast Track into the Master’s degree.  With waivers, students who elect to take two courses in each of the five ten week terms of the graduate program can complete the program in one year!

Learn more about the Master of Accountancy and the Master of Accountancy Fast Track.

Accounting Fast Track Requirements

*It is highly recommended that students wishing to pursue a graduate degree in accounting choose AC312-Federal Taxation as a business elective to fulfill the prerequisite requirements not satisfied through the Accounting Minor Requirements.

**SJC Students wishing to pursue the Master of Accountancy Fast Track will need to choose AC310-Intermediate Accounting 1 and AC311-Intermediate Accounting II to qualify for the waivers.

It is also recommended that students should determine their state’s accounting coursework requirements to choose appropriate electives.

To learn more about admission requirements and waivers, please visit the Fast Track to Master of Accountancy   page.

Accounting Fast Track Requirements

It is highly recommended that students in the Accounting Specialization determine their state’s accounting coursework requirements to choose appropriate business electives.

 

General Education Requirements 2017


Beginning July 1, 2017, new general education requirements (listed below) become effective for online, undergraduate students at Saint Joseph’s College.  The college’s general education curriculum is a set of courses that reflect the college’s vision of what it means to be an educated person.  It is the heart of our baccalaureate education, and provides the grounding for the student’s major course of study. The core curriculum supports key parts of the college’s mission: to encourage students to explore widely the arts and sciences while they also prepare to lead ethical and meaningful lives and to enhance students’ awareness of human dignity and the meaning of life.  Moreover, the general education curriculum supports several of SJC’s Institutional Learning Outcomes.  Specifically:

  • Identify and apply the ethical and moral dimensions of their particular field of study;
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills in both written and oral formats;
  • Engage in responsible citizenship, social justice, and environmental stewardship;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills and the ability to analyze and evaluate information from diverse sources and perspectives.

The new requirements consist of four learning themes: Foundations for College Level Thinking, The Human Condition and Human Story, Nature & Society, and Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge.  The online general education requirements are aligned with the on-campus core.  Note: Some academic programs have minor variations in general education requirements. Please talk to your Advisor or Admissions Counselor for more information.  

 

General Education Requirements (42 credits)
Foundations for College Level Thinking (3 courses)

EH 106  English Composition I

EH 107  English Composition II

Math elective or math of major

The Human Condition and the Human Story (6 courses)

HY 104   Modern Global History

TH 100   Introduction to Judeo-Christian Tradition or TH 101   Catholic Doctrine and Theology

PH 200   Human Nature and Ethics

Choose an elective from each of the following disciplines: History (HY), Theology (TH), and Philosophy (PH) 

Nature and Society (3 courses)

ES 101    Introduction to Environmental Science

PY 101   Introduction to Psychology or SO 201   Principles of Sociology

Elective in Social Sciences or in Natural Sciences from approved courses (General Education Requirements 2017 - Tier 3  )

Art, Creativity, and Self-Knowledge (2 courses)

EH English elective

One additional course from a list of approved courses (General Education Requirements 2017 - Tier 4  )

 

Business Core Requirements


(General Business Administration Degree:  54 semester-hour credits, inclusive of 15 credits of business electives)

(Business Administration Degree with Major:  63 semester-hour credits, inclusive of 9 credits of business electives)

Accounting Major


(15 semester-hour credits)

5 required major core courses plus 3 business elective courses

Required Accounting major core courses:  Credit/Units:  15

Business Electives


15 Credits (general degree option)

9 Credits (major option)

Students may choose from any of the course offerings pertaining to business described in the catalog.  Business elective course options are not limited to, but can include additional courses pertaining to the major.  See list of suggested electives below.

Notes:


  • Students considering the Master of Accountancy Fast Track should review program prerequisite requirements and waiver options to determine their business elective choices.
  • Students seeking CPA licensure should determine their state’s accounting coursework requirement to choose appropriate electives.

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