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The accountancy program at Christian Brothers University enjoys a well-established and influential presence in the Memphis and Mid-South area. The accounting major is a professional program designed to prepare you for work in a variety of fields. Our alumni work in some of the finest businesses and public accounting firms in the nation and in areas such as government, tax, criminal justice, and entrepreneurship. 

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting teaches you the skills, techniques, and concepts necessary to succeed as an accountant. You will graduate with a degree that applies to any number of companies, and opportunities are expected to continue to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors will grow by 16% from 2010 to 2020.

Because accountants and auditors analyze and report on financial information for a wide variety of businesses, they are required to be up-to-date with financial laws and corporate governance regulations and are relied upon to keep the books clean and accurate for the company’s leaders. To develop the necessary analytical, conceptual, and technical knowledge and proficiency, the Christian Brothers accountancy degree provides you with the ability to: 

  • implement fundamental accounting principles and procedures,
  • use technology tools related to the area of accounting,
  • analyze alternatives to complex accounting problems,
  • use accounting information in making business decisions, and 
  • synthesize accounting information and non-accounting information to appropriately assess business opportunities.

If you are a highly motivated student, you will find the accounting program at CBU to be a demanding, rewarding program that offers significant opportunities.

What You'll Study

The Accounting major (121 credits) provides a solid foundation in business concepts, as well as the finer details of accounting principles, managerial and tax accounting.

  • General education courses: 31 credits
  • School of Business support courses: 9 credits
    • Applied Math-Intro Calculus, MATH 106
    • Speech Communication, SPCH 125    
    • Business Communication, ENG 371
  • School of Business core courses: 42 credits
    • Financial Accounting, ACCT 260
    • Managerial Accounting, ACCT 270
    • Business Law I, BLAW 301
    • Business Law II, BLAW 302
    • Principles of Microeconomics, ECON 214
    • Principles of Macroeconomics, ECON 215 
    • Financial Management I, FIN 327
    • Financial Management II, FIN 427
    • Foundations of Management, MGMT 227  
    • Business Policy, MGMT 498
    • Introduction to Computer Business Applications, MIS 153
    • Principles of Marketing, MKTG 311
    • Elementary Bus Statistics, STAT 221
    • Intermediate Bus Statistics, STAT 222
  • Accounting major courses: 36 credits
    • Intermediate Financial Acct I, ACCT 264
    • Accounting Systems, ACCT 312
    • Cost Accounting, ACCT 319
    • Federal Income Taxation I, ACCT 330
    • Federal Income Taxation II, ACCT 331
    • Intermediate Financial Acct II, ACCT 364
    • Intermediate Financial Acct III, ACCT 366
    • Government & Non-Profit Acct, ACCT 376
    • Financial Statement Analysis, ACCT 380
    • Professional Accounting Ethics, ACCT 390
    • Auditing, ACCT 412
    • Advanced Accounting, ACCT 465
    • Accounting Exit Exam
  • Major-specific electives: 3 credits