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The College of St. Scholastica
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Duluth, MN 55811
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B.A. Accounting

Fast Facts: Accounting Major and Minor

  • The four-year accounting program prepares students for careers in both public and private accounting. Those students desiring to sit for the CPA Examination will be required to complete 150 semester credit hours prior to graduation.
  • 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.

Career Outlook

Among our May 2016 traditional undergraduate accounting graduates, 94 percent had full-time job or internship offers before graduation.

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 RSM, Allete, Essentia Health, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, PWC, CBRE, Western Bank, Wells Fargo, US Bank, the Minnesota Department of Revenue, Target, North Shore Bank of Commerce, CBIZ, Inc., CliftonLarsonAllen LLP, Cargill, Thrivent Financial, Anderson, Hager and 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 Coursework

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. An in-depth study with respect to the accounting for revenue, cash and receivables, inventories, property, plant, equipment and intangible assets will be provided.

Expand and Collapse ACC 3320 - Intermediate Accounting II

A continuation course for ACC 3310 that further examines the theory of generally accepted accounting principles and its application to complex financial reporting issues. An in-depth study with respect to the accounting for long-term investments, liabilities and leases, income taxes, post-retirement benefits and shareholders’ equity will be provided.

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.

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  • "The accounting program and professors at St. Scholastica have taught me technical and social skills needed to succeed in high paced accounting environments."

    – Sean Wilson, '16

  • "The St. Scholastica accounting/finance professors went out of their way to provide me with real business connections and internship opportunities that helped jump-start my career path."

    – Cody Brostrom, '16

  • "The accounting department has taught me more than I could have imagined. The time professors invest in their students truly helps us succeed in everything we do. Without their guidance, many of us wouldn't be where we are today."

    – Ashley Moisio, '16