Bachelor of Arts — Program Overview
Most people think an “accountant” and a “CPA” are the same thing. Not in the business world!
Majoring in accounting without becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) is like going to law school and skipping the bar exam. That’s why our program is designed to prepare you for the most important test you will ever take — the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination.
Becoming a CPA will open just about every door in the business world: the chance to work for accounting firms, the government, corporate management — or even the know-how to start your own company.
Of course, accounting is about much more than crunching numbers. Not only do accountants help businesses run more efficiently; they must be socially responsible problem-solvers who help organizations run with honesty and integrity.
That is why as an accounting student at Briar Cliff, you will help with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program; helping poor families and elderly individuals in the community file their taxes. It is a chance for you to truly make a difference, while learning skills to become a successful accountant!
Additional Program Requirements
Students pursuing a C.P.A. should also take a minimum six credit hours from the following choices:
- ACCT 370 - Governmental Accounting
- ACCT 413 - Advanced Accounting
- ACCT 420 - Forensic Accounting
- ACCT 390/490 - Internship in Accounting