Undergraduate Programs

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Accounting

The accounting profession demands a high degree of technical training, similar to the professions of architecture, law, engineering and medicine, and a broad knowledge of the fundamentals of economics and business with a commitment to public well-being. Career opportunities in accounting include the public, corporate, government, nonprofit and healthcare sectors. The undergraduate program in accountancy is designed to prepare students for entrance into these careers and to provide a foundation for the examination to become a CPA or to achieve other professional certifications. Each state Board of Accountancy has its own eligibility requirements for taking the CPA exam. Students pursuing a BS in Accounting should consult the Board of Accountancy website for the state in which they plan to sit for the CPA examination in order to determine specific course requirements.

As part of the sequence of courses leading to the BS in Accounting offered through Weatherhead, the student takes required and elective courses in related fields of banking and finance, economics, marketing, organizational behavior, and operations.


General Education Requirements

SAGES Requirements
First Seminar4
Two University Seminars6
Departmental Seminars - taken as MGMT 395, see Core Requirements
Senior Capstone 3-6
Breadth Requirements
One Mathematical Science Course4
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
Calculus for Science and Engineering I
Two Natural Science Courses6-8
Two Arts & Humanities Courses6-8
Two Social Science Courses6
Total Units35-42

Degree Requirements

Principles Requirements
ACCT 101Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 102Management Accounting3
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics3
OPRE 207Statistics for Business and Management Science I3
Core Requirements
BAFI 355Corporate Finance3
DESN 210Introduction to Programming for Business Applications3-4
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
or ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming
or MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II
or MATH 126 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
MGMT 201Contemporary Business and Communication3
MKMR 201Marketing Management3
OPRE 301Operations Research and Supply Chain Management3
ORBH 250Leading People (LEAD I)3
MGMT 395Advanced Seminar *3
Open Electives
Electives20-26
Total Units56-63

Major Requirements

Students who desire a Secondary Major in Accounting should consult with a Weatherhead academic advisor.

ACCT 207Excel and Accounting Analytics Technology3
ACCT 300Corporate Reporting I3
ACCT 301Corporate Reporting II3
ACCT 305Income Tax: Concepts, Skills, Planning3
ACCT 306Accounting Information Systems - Basic3
ACCT 307Applied Analytics for Accounting3
ACCT 314Attestation and Assurance Services3
BLAW 331Legal Environment of Management3
Total Units24

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 122

*

Students must complete three one-credit-hour MGMT 395 offerings each of a different topic.

Students must complete one university-approved SAGES Senior Capstone. It is not required that students complete a Weatherhead-specific capstone. Most students choose to take MGMT 398 Action Learning, although a second option within Weatherhead is MGMT 397 Undergraduate Research Project.

Students pursuing the BS in Accounting are advised to take the two introductory classes, ACCT 101 Introduction to Financial Accounting and ACCT 102 Management Accounting, and ACCT 207 Excel and Accounting Analytics Technology as early as possible. Students are advised to take ORBH 250 Leading People (LEAD I) in the second year.

Twelve credit hours of accounting coursework taken at another accredited institution may be considered for transfer toward the BS in Accounting, although transfer credit for courses must be approved by the Accountancy Department. Each student is required to consult with an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs at Weatherhead.

For more information, contact Tiffany Welch, assistant dean, undergraduate and integrated study programs, at 216.368.2058.


Integrated Study Program in Accountancy

Undergraduate students at Case Western Reserve University have the unique opportunity to pursue both the Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) and the Master of Accountancy through the BA/BS and Master of Accountancy Integrated Study Program. The Integrated Study program allows students to complete both degrees in four or five years. For students majoring in accounting, both degrees are most commonly completed in four-and-a-half years or nine academic semesters. All Case Western students must apply for and be admitted to the MAcc program, although certain requirements are waived, such as the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Because of the necessity for proper planning of coursework, undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for the MAcc in their junior year. 

The Integrated Study program is strongly recommended for those individuals planning to obtain professional certification as a certified public accountant (CPA). CPA candidates must have completed 150 semester hours of study at the university level in order to qualify to sit for the CPA examination. The integrated program saves qualified students both time and money while equipping students with the skills and knowledge attractive to top accounting firms.

For more information, contact Tiffany Welch, assistant dean, undergraduate and integrated study programs, at 216.368.2058.


Early Admission to the Integrated Study Program in Accountancy

Each year, approximately 10 to 15 exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in accountancy will be offered Early Admission to the Integrated Study Program in Accountancy at Case Western Reserve University. Early admits receive a conditional commitment of admission to the Weatherhead School of Management Master of Accountancy program and a scholarship package covering a minimum of 50% of an academic year’s tuition cost to be honored when students formally enroll as a graduate student. Students are required to maintain a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.2 overall and in accountancy courses. Those who achieve higher grade point averages will be eligible for greater scholarship amounts.


Practicum Program

The practicum program is a planned, structured, supervised workplace experience at an approved "site" organization. The practicum is an experiential learning arrangement between the student, the employer, and the practicum adviser in conjunction with the University Career Center. Employers provide appropriate supervision and work-related learning while the practicum adviser guides and evaluates the student's experience. The primary goal of this active learning experience is the intellectual, personal and professional growth of the student in an area related to the student's academic goals. The practicum should provide the student with new skills, insights, and experiences that are transferable to the academic setting.

Students apply to the University Career Center in the semester preceding the work assignment and may participate in up to two practicums. All practicums developed through the University Career Center must be taken for transcript notation, and students must have a faculty member serve as a practicum adviser. If a student elects to work in an internship/practicum without enrolling in the course for academic notation, he or she will not have the benefits of full-time student status. Additionally, he or she will not represent the practicum program in any official capacity.


Sample Plan of Study: BS in Accounting

First YearUnits
FallSpring
SAGES First Seminar4  
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I (MATH 125)4  
Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACCT 101)3  
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 102)3  
Arts & Humanities3  
PHED (Physical Education)
SAGES University Seminar  3
Management Accounting (ACCT 102)  3
Excel and Accounting Analytics Technology (ACCT 207)  3
Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 103)  3
PHED (Physical Education)
Contemporary Business and Communication (MGMT 201)  3
Year Total: 17 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
SAGES University Seminar3  
Corporate Reporting I (ACCT 300)3  
Statistics for Business and Management Science I (OPRE 207)3  
Leading People (LEAD I) (ORBH 250)3  
Natural Science3  
Corporate Reporting II (ACCT 301)  3
Corporate Finance (BAFI 355)  3
Introduction to Programming for Business Applications (DESN 210)  3
Arts & Humanities  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Income Tax: Concepts, Skills, Planning (ACCT 305)3  
Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (OPRE 301)3  
Advanced Seminar (MGMT 395)1  
Natural Science3  
Elective3  
Elective3  
Attestation and Assurance Services (ACCT 314)  3
Legal Environment of Management (BLAW 331)  3
Marketing Management (MKMR 201)  3
Advanced Seminar (MGMT 395)  1
Social Science  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Accounting Information Systems - Basic (ACCT 306)3  
Advanced Seminar (MGMT 395)1  
Social Science3  
Elective3  
Elective3  
Elective3  
Applied Analytics for Accounting (ACCT 307)  3
Action Learning (MGMT 398)  6
Elective  3
Year Total: 16 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  122

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics

(College of Arts and Sciences)

The BA in Economics is a 120-credit-hour, structured program in which students learn to analyze problems of resource allocation and decision making and to understand the influence of these factors on economies and societies.

Our highly regarded degree attracts some of the best students on campus. Students have the opportunity to assist Weatherhead faculty in their research activities and to participate in independent research projects.

General Degree Requirements

Students are required to complete the Arts and Sciences General Education Requirements.  

Students who desire a Secondary Major in Economics should consult with a Weatherhead academic advisor.

Major Requirements

MATH 121Calculus for Science and Engineering I4
or MATH 125 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics3
ECON 307Intermediate Macro Theory3
ECON 308Intermediate Micro Theory3
or ECON 309 Intermediate Micro Theory: Calculus-Based
OPRE 207Statistics for Business and Management Science I3
or STAT 243 Statistical Theory with Application I
or STAT 312 Basic Statistics for Engineering and Science
ECON 326Econometrics (Ideally, Econometrics should be taken by the junior year to enrich understanding of upper-level elective courses and to enable engagement in more sophisticated economic analysis.)4
Elective courses (a minimum of five additional economics courses at the 200 or 300 level). ECON 398 Honors Research II does not count toward fulfilling this requirement.15
Total Units38

SAGES Senior Capstone Experience

The economics major does not require a capstone as part of the major. However, students need to complete a capstone as part of the SAGES requirement. The Economics Department offers the following courses for a capstone.

ECON 398Honors Research II3
ECON 395The Economy in the American Century3
ECON 399Individual Readings and Research (upon approval of Senior Capstone Coordinator)3-6

For more information, contact Teresa Kabat, department administrator, at 216.368.4110.

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management

Graduates of the BS in Management degree program obtain a broad education that enables them to bring an unusual degree of analytical capability to the problems of management and business. Each student is required to complete an approved major program of study from the options outlined below. In addition, each student must consult with an adviser in the Office of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs at Weatherhead.


General Education Requirements

SAGES Requirements
First Seminar4
Two University Seminars6
Departmental Seminars - taken as MGMT 395, see below*
Senior Capstone **3-6
Breadth Requirements
One Mathematical Science Course4
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I
Calculus for Science and Engineering I
Two Natural Science Courses6-8
Two Arts & Humanities Courses6-8
Two Social Sciences Courses6
Total Units35-42

Degree Requirements

Principles Requirements
ACCT 101Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 102Management Accounting3
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics3
OPRE 207Statistics for Business and Management Science I3
Core Requirements
BAFI 355Corporate Finance3
DESN 210Introduction to Programming for Business Applications3-4
or ENGR 131 Elementary Computer Programming
or EECS 132 Introduction to Programming in Java
or MATH 122 Calculus for Science and Engineering II
or MATH 126 Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci II
MGMT 201Contemporary Business and Communication3
MIDS 301Introduction to Information: A Systems and Design Approach3
MKMR 201Marketing Management3
OPRE 301Operations Research and Supply Chain Management3
ORBH 250Leading People (LEAD I)3
ORBH 251Leading Organizations (LEAD II)3
PLCY 399Business Policy3
MGMT 395Advanced Seminar (*MGMT 395-one credit hour seminar; each student must complete three)3
Open Electives
Electives17-23
Total Units62-69

Major Requirements

Students must complete an 18-credit-hour major in Business Management, Finance, Marketing, or a Dean's Approved Major.  Students who desire a Secondary Major in one of these areas should consult with a Weatherhead academic advisor.


Business Management Major Requirements

1) Complete three courses from within one of the concentrations below.9
2) Complete one of the following analytics courses:3-4
Empirical Analysis in Finance
Econometrics
Marketing Analytics
3) Complete two additional Weatherhead electives.6
Total Units18-19

Business Management Concentrations 

Healthcare Management
Required Course:
Health Care Economics
Elective Courses (complete two of the following):
Public Finance
Lean Services Operations
Health Finance
Or alternative, approved HSMC or other WSOM course chosen in consultation with advisor.
Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Legal Environment of Management
Economic Analysis of Business Strategies
Economics of Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurial Strategy
Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation
Selling and Sales Management
Managing Negotiations
NOTE: ENTP 301 is required for this concentration. Students completing an Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration may not complete an Entrepreneurship minor.
International Business
International Finance
International Trade
Economics of Developing Countries
International Management Institute
Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: Towards a Globally Inclusive Workplace
NOTE: MGMT 315 is required for this concentration. If a student wishes to substitute a course from another study abroad experience, he/she must receive prior approval from an academic advisor.
Organizational Leadership
Leading Teams through Interpersonal Relationships
Independent Study
Women and Men as Colleagues in Organizations
Managing Negotiations
Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: Towards a Globally Inclusive Workplace
NOTE: Students completing an Organizational Leadership concentration may not complete a Leadership minor.
Supply Chain Management
Project Management
Enterprise Resource Planning in the Supply Chain
Lean Operations
Supply Chain Logistics
Computer Simulation

Finance Major Requirements

Required Courses:9
Investments
Financial Modeling, Analysis and Decision Making
Empirical Analysis in Finance
Elective Courses (complete three of the following six):9
Introduction to Fintech
Money and Banking
Money and Banking
Intermediate Corporate Finance
Cases in Finance
Advanced Financial Analytics
Options and Other Derivatives
Total Units18

 Marketing Major Requirements

Required Courses:
MKMR 304Brand Management3
MKMR 308Measuring Marketing Performance3
MKMR 310Marketing Analytics3
MKMR 311Customer Relationship Management3
MKMR 312Selling and Sales Management3
MKMR 348Strategic Internet Marketing3
Total Units18

Dean's Approved Major Requirements

A student may consult with an advisor to develop a proposal for individualized study in an area of interest, subject to approval by the Weatherhead Undergraduate Executive Committee.

1) Complete five courses around a common interest, selected in conjunction with a major advisor.15
2) Complete one of the following analytics courses:3-4
Empirical Analysis in Finance
Econometrics
Marketing Analytics
Total Units18-19

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 122

**

Students must complete one university-approved SAGES Senior Capstone. It is not required that students complete a Weatherhead-specific capstone. However, the vast majority of students take MGMT 398 Action Learning.  Highly motivated students with a keen interest in a particular business topic may complete an individual research project via MGMT 397, subject to approval by the Weatherhead Undergraduate Executive Committee.

Students pursuing a BS in Management are advised to take the ORBH 250 Leading People (LEAD I) and ORBH 251 Leading Organizations (LEAD II) sequence in the second year.

For more information, contact Jim Hurley, assistant dean of undergraduate and integrated study programs at 216.368.3856.


Sample Plan of Study:  BS in Management

First YearUnits
FallSpring
Math and Calculus Applications for Life, Managerial, and Social Sci I (MATH 125)4  
Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACCT 101)3  
Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 102)3  
Arts/Humanities3  
SAGES (University Seminar)4  
PHED
Social Sciences  3
Management Accounting (ACCT 102)  3
Principles of Macroeconomics (ECON 103)  3
Contemporary Business and Communication (MGMT 201)  3
SAGES (University Seminar)  3
PHED
Year Total: 17 15
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
Leading People (LEAD I) (ORBH 250)3  
Statistics for Business and Management Science I (OPRE 207)3  
Corporate Finance (BAFI 355)3  
Natural Sciences3  
SAGES (University Seminar)3  
Leading Organizations (LEAD II) (ORBH 251)  3
Marketing Management (MKMR 201)  3
Natural Sciences  3
Introduction to Programming for Business Applications (DESN 210)  3
Arts/Humanities  3
Year Total: 15 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
Elective3  
Weatherhead Major3  
Weatherhead Major3  
Weatherhead Major3  
Social Sciences3  
Introduction to Information: A Systems and Design Approach (MIDS 301)  3
Operations Research and Supply Chain Management (OPRE 301)  3
Advanced Seminar (MGMT 395)  1
Weatherhead Major  3
Weatherhead Major  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 15 16
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
Action Learning (MGMT 398)6  
MGMT 3951  
Weatherhead Major3  
Elective3  
Elective3  
Business Policy (PLCY 399)  3
MGMT 395  1
Elective  3
Elective  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 16 13
 
Total Units in Sequence:  122
 

Minor in Accounting

ACCT 101Introduction to Financial Accounting3
ACCT 102Management Accounting3
or ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting for Non-Business Majors
ACCT 305Income Tax: Concepts, Skills, Planning3
Two additional 300-level accounting courses6
Total Units15

Minor in Banking and Finance

Required:
ACCT 101Introduction to Financial Accounting3
or ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting for Non-Business Majors
BAFI 355Corporate Finance3
Three electives from the following:9
Introduction to Fintech
Money and Banking
Investments
Financial Modeling, Analysis and Decision Making
Intermediate Corporate Finance
Cases in Finance
Empirical Analysis in Finance
Advanced Financial Analytics
Options and Other Derivatives
Total Units15

Minor in Business Management

Note: Business Management minor is not open to WSOM majors.
Required:
ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
or ECON 103 Principles of Macroeconomics
ACCT 100Introduction to Accounting for Non-Business Majors3
or ACCT 101 Introduction to Financial Accounting
Three electives from the following:9
Corporate Finance
Money and Banking
Legal Environment of Management
Entrepreneurial Strategy
Entrepreneurial Finance - Undergraduate
Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation
Contemporary Business and Communication
Leading People (LEAD I)
Leading Teams through Interpersonal Relationships
Women and Men as Colleagues in Organizations
Managing Negotiations
Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: Towards a Globally Inclusive Workplace
Professional Development for Engineers
International Management Institute
Marketing Management
Introduction to Information: A Systems and Design Approach
Operations Research and Supply Chain Management
Total Units15

Minor in Economics

ECON 102Principles of Microeconomics3
ECON 103Principles of Macroeconomics3
Three additional ECON courses9
Total Units15

Minor in Entrepreneurial Studies

ACCT 102Management Accounting3
or ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting for Non-Business Majors
MKMR 201Marketing Management3
ENTP 301Entrepreneurial Strategy3
ENTP 310Entrepreneurial Finance - Undergraduate3
ENTP 311Entrepreneurship and Wealth Creation3
Total Units15

Minor in Leadership

Required:
ORBH 250Leading People (LEAD I)3
or ORBH 396 Professional Development for Engineers
ORBH 251Leading Organizations (LEAD II)3
Three electives from the following:9
Leading Teams through Interpersonal Relationships
Women and Men as Colleagues in Organizations
Managing Negotiations
Leadership in Diversity and Inclusion: Towards a Globally Inclusive Workplace
Total Units15

Minor in Marketing

Required:
MKMR 201Marketing Management3
Four of the following (including at least two MKMR courses):12
Brand Management
Measuring Marketing Performance
Marketing Analytics
Customer Relationship Management
Selling and Sales Management
Strategic Internet Marketing
Being Human: An Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology
Designing Experiments for Social Science, Policy, and Management
Entrepreneurial Strategy
Social Psychology
Total Units15

For more information, contact:

Jim Hurley, assistant dean of undergraduate and integrated study programs, 216.368.3856; or

Tiffany Welch, assistant dean, undergraduate and integrated study programs, 216.368.2058.

Weatherhead’s Integrated Study Programs allow undergraduate students the unique opportunity to pursue a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree at the same time, completing both degrees in as little as four years.  These programs are open to all Case Western undergraduates, regardless of major, but certain prerequisite courses may be required in order to complete the master’s degree.  Each program has its own set of admission criteria, course timelines and considerations, so it is best to speak with a program representative as early as possible.

BA/BS and Master of Accountancy Integrated Study Program

Program Contacts:

Tiffany Welch, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, 216.368.2058

Ashley Lu, Program Manager, MAcc Program, 216.368.5376

BA/BS and MSM-Business Analytics Integrated Study Program

Program Contacts:

Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, 216.368.3856

Matthew Maloney, Program Director, MSM-Business Analytics Program, 216.368.5374

Meredith Richardson, Admissions Manager, 216.368.7586

BA/BS and MSM-Finance Integrated Study Program

Program Contacts:

Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, 216.368.3856

Marybeth Keeler, Program Manager, MSM-Finance Program, 216.368.3688

Meredith Richardson, Admissions Manager, 216.368.7586

BA/BS and MSM-Operations Research/Supply Chain Management Integrated Study Program

Program Contacts:

Jim Hurley, Assistant Dean of Undergraduate and Integrated Study Programs, 216.368.3856

Matthew Maloney, Program Director, MSM-OR/SCM Program, 216.368.5374

Meredith Richardson, Admissions Manager, 216.368.7586