Accounting, BS

Degree: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Major: Accounting

Program Overview

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students possess information literacy regarding accounting principles, techniques, tools and analysis.
  • Students comprehend accountancy as a learned profession.
  • Students communicate clearly.

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 Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education. 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 Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education in the semester preceding the work assignment and may participate in up to two practicums. All practicums developed through the Office of Post-Graduate Planning and Experiential Education must be taken for transcript notation, and students must have a faculty member serve as a practicum advisor. 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.

Undergraduate Policies

For undergraduate policies and procedures, please review the Office of Undergraduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.

Accelerated Master's Programs

Undergraduate students may participate in accelerated programs toward graduate or professional degrees. For more information and details of the policies and procedures related to accelerated studies, please visit the Office of Undergraduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.

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 may be eligible for greater scholarship amounts.