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Accounting

The accounting program at Saint Anselm College combines the liberal arts tradition with the technical skills required of a business professional. Small classes with highly accessible faculty encourage students to explore concepts fully. An appreciation for the business profession and its role in the community is integrated into the course of study.

The accounting degree provides excellent preparation for entry into the business world. Critical thinking skills developed in the major may lead to a variety of employment opportunities. Our students who choose to take the CPA exam pass at a rate higher than the national average. For those students not wishing to pursue public accounting, the employment opportunities that exist include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal Audit
  • Corporate Accounting (including Cost Accounting)
  • Leadership development programs in worldwide organizations
  • Governmental organizations including cities and towns as well as the IRS and FBI among others
  • Non-profit accounting
  • Roles in a wide variety of functional areas within an organization

We strongly encourage our students to take internships during their junior and senior years at Saint Anselm College to supplement their classroom experience. Our objective is to provide the foundation to allow a student to pursue a wide variety of senior level accounting positions, as well as senior level business roles in various functions, as they progress throughout their career.

To obtain the professional standing of a CPA most states require 150 credit hours. We provide the tools necessary for our students to successfully complete the 150 hour requirement after graduation. Among the schools where our alumni have earned masters degrees in Accounting, Taxation or Business are:

  • Bentley University
  • Boston College
  • Northeastern University
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of Rochester

Our required course of study follows. In addition to the specific Accounting requirements below, we recommend that students take Advanced Accounting, Accounting Information Systems and Federal Taxation II in their junior or senior year. Required courses for the Accounting major are:

  • EC141 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BU121 Business Statistics
  • AC111 Financial Accounting
  • AC112 Cost Accounting
  • AC211, AC212 Intermediate Accounting I and II
  • AC213 Federal Taxation I
  • AC261 Financial Management
  • AC313 Auditing
  • BU321 Business law

Typical Course Sequence for the Accounting major:

Freshman year:

  • Conversatio I Conversatio II
  • Freshman English (or Science)
  • Language Language
  • Financial Accounting
  • Cost Accountiing

Sophomore year:
Accounting majors will take Federal Taxation I, Business Law, and Financial Management. They may take Auditing, which is offered every other year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s). Senior year: If Accounting majors did not take Auditing in their Junior year, they will take it in their senior year. Advanced Accounting is strongly recommended senior year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).

Junior year:
Accounting majors will take Federal Taxation I, Business Law, and Financial Management. They may take Auditing, which is offered every other year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).

Senior year:
If Accounting majors did not take Auditing in their junior year, they will take it in their senior year. Advanced Accounting is strongly recommended senior year. The remainder of their courses will be college core requirements, electives or courses for a minor or double major, and internship(s).