The Shidler College of Business School of Accountancy (SOA) offers a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree with a major in Accounting. Most of the first two years is spent in meeting general education requirements for the University. During the last two years, roughly one year is devoted to a broad business education; and another year is devoted to coursework in Accounting.
In order to obtain a BBA degree in Accounting, a student must get admitted into the Shidler College of Business. To view admission requirements, please refer to the Shidler College of Business undergraduate admission information.
The purpose of the undergraduate accounting major is to provide students with a solid educational foundation for entry into a wide range of accounting careers, and prepare students to pursue graduate or advanced professional education. The accounting profession may be divided into two major segments: public accounting and private accounting.
Specialties in this area include auditing, tax, and management advisory services. Some of the larger public accounting firms have reorganized these activities along industry lines. Students entering public accounting should prepare to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Many students who graduate with an accounting degree are employed by CPA firms at the international, national, or local level. After becoming certified, some CPAs choose to open their own independent practice.
To become a CPA in Hawaii, students will need to have 150 semester hours of college education and 18 semester hours of upper-division Accounting courses (see State of Hawaii Requirements for additional information). The Undergraduate Accounting major prepares students for entry into the Master of Accounting program (MAcc). A MAcc degree will provide students with the credits necessary to take the CPA exam. For more information on the CPA license in the State of Hawaii, check the State Board of Accountancy’s website: www.hawaii.gov/dcca/areas/pvl/boards/accountancy.
Specialties in private accounting include financial accounting, cost accounting, internal auditing, and tax accounting. Students find employment as accountants in industry or in various branches of government at the the federal, state or local level or in other not-for-profit organizations.
Accounting positions in industry are most often available in firms engaged in wholesaling, retailing, banking, transportation, insurance, real estate, manufacturing as well as in hotels, entertainment enterprises and restaurants. Positions in these organizations can be found in the areas of financial accounting, managerial accounting, and accounting information systems. Graduates also find employment as accountants in various branches of federal, state, or local governments or in not-for-profit organizations.
Some students study accounting even though their major interest may be in another business area. The education enables them to have a saleable skill for easy entry into a business firm.
Undergraduate Accounting Major Requirements
Accounting Course Requirements (18-credit hours, all with "C-" or better)
- ACC 321 - Financial Accounting I
- ACC 323 - Intermediate Financial Accounting II
- ACC 401 (W) - Federal Individual Income Taxation
- ACC 409 - Accounting Information Systems
- ACC 418 (W) - Auditing
- ACC 460 (O) - International and Managerial Accounting
Two of the following courses are recommended (but not required) for those who desire to become a CPA in the state of Hawaii.
- ACC 407 - Taxation and Business Entities
- ACC 413 - Law for the Accountant
- ACC 415 - Advanced Financial Accounting
If you have further questions or would like more information, please contact the Shidler College of Business Undergraduate Office of Student Academic Services by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (808) 956-8215, or (808) 956-8266 for the graduate Master of Accounting program.
For more information on all Accounting courses, go to our Course Listings.
For more information on a Bachelor Degree Program Sheet, go to http://www.manoa.hawaii.edu/ovcaa/programsheets/.
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