Is Accounting for Me?

In order to love accounting, a person must have a passion for numbers and be detail-oriented. A high degree of integrity is needed; you are helping to keep an organizational ethically and legally accountable when it comes to their financial dealings. Here are a few skills and attributes that will benefit you as an accountant:

  • A sharp, analytical mind
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Computer literacy
  • Math competency

JBU's College of Business offers two different accounting degrees: the B.S. in Accounting and the B.B.A. in Accounting. These Accounting degrees provide students with an understanding of accounting skills and business fundamentals. Emphasis is placed on developing analytical and problem solving capabilities in businesses. Such skills provide a foundation for students who seek a career in professional accounting. These degrees can also help equip students in other careers which require analytical skills, such as law, FBI, or IRS services, and not-for-profit and mission organizations.  

Students interested in practicing as professional accountants are strongly encouraged to pursue the B.S. in Accounting. This degree is appropriate for those who desire to practice as a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), or a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  The accounting degree program does not lead to certification and/or licensure, but it helps students prepare to seek certification and/or licensure. Click on the links for more information about certification requirements.  Since the requirements for the CPA exam vary from state to state, students wishing to take this exam should consult with the State Board of Accountancy where the exam will be taken. Most states require 150 semester hours and some require a year or two of experience. The B.S. in Accounting is flexible to help students meet the requirements of various states. 

The baccalaureate program in Accounting requires 124 minimum total semester hours including courses from four categories: (1) core curriculum, (2) the business core, and (3) the accounting core and (4) a minor field of study or electives sufficient to achieve the required minimum total hours.

Click here for course requirements:  Accounting Course Requirements.


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