2023-2024 Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

Accounting Major

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Major Leads: Fernando Comiran & Carol Graham

Accounting is the language of business. An in-depth knowledge of accounting helps individuals understand what is happening inside a business. A solid background in accounting is essential for successful careers in the business world.

Students with a major in accounting are well prepared for a variety of careers in public accounting, private industry and government. USF accounting majors are actively recruited by all major CPA firms, large San Francisco Bay Area industrial organizations and governmental agencies.

Please visit the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)  department page for more information.

Program Learning Outcomes

It is expected that Accounting majors upon graduation will be able to:

  • Use terminology of accounting
  • Apply generally accepted accounting principles to business transactions
  • Prepare external financial statements
  • Analyze external financial statements
  • Identify and analyze financial information to make effective managerial decisions
  • Identify the ethical and professional responsibilities of an accountant


Please review course descriptions and necessary prerequisites for courses within your major.

Major Requirements (72 units)

Business Core

The business core and foundation courses cover the basic business topics needed for a career in business. Consistent with the direction of business today, the business core at the McLaren School of Management highlights issues related to the global business environment, diversity and ethics. Oral and written communication, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, and critical thinking are also stressed throughout the curriculum.

All Business majors must complete a set of business foundation and core courses, as well as the required University Core Curriculum . Students admitted to the McLaren School of Management’s Honors Program take the Honors Program core. Please see School of Management Honors Program . The required foundation courses are also used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements (see faculty adviser). Students must maintain at least a 2.0 cumulative grade point average in their foundation and business core coursework.

Accounting Requirements (20 units)

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