A student must complete 60 semester hours of upper-division coursework to earn a Bachelors of Arts in Accountancy.
It is important for accountancy students to meet with their academic adviser and set up a degree plan to make sure that they have met their lower-division General Education and Foundation Entrance requirements.
Students are also required to access the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) throughout their college career to verify that degree requirements are being met.
College Core Courses: 21 hours required, and
Accountancy Core Courses: 21 hours required.
Students are encouraged to take a combination of accountancy core courses, college core, electives, and UIS requirements each semester. ACC 321 Intermediate Accounting I is the first accountancy course that junior-level undergraduate students should take, and the department recommends that this course be taken concurrently with ACC 335 Accounting Information Systems. ACC 433 Managerial Accounting has been designed to be a culmination course of the undergraduate degree and should be taken during a student’s last semester.
College Core (21 Hours)
The College Core is required of all undergraduate students in the College of Business and Management. All the college core courses are prerequisites for MGT 488, and they must be completed prior to the semester in which the student enrolls in MGT 488.
- ACC 335 Accounting Information Systems
4 Hrs. Prerequisites: ACC 211 and ACC 212, or equivalent, and familiarity with spreadsheet and/or database application software.
- BUS 302 Principles of Financial Management
3 Hrs. (Prerequisites-Accounting, Economics, Statistics, & Calculus Foundation Courses)
- BUS 312 Principles of Marketing
3 Hrs. (Prerequisites-Accounting & Economics Foundation Courses)
- BUS 322 Principles of Operations Management
3 Hrs. (Prerequisites-Statistics & Calculus Foundation Courses)
- BUS 331 Business and Society
3 Hrs. (Prerequisite: ECO 201 and ECO 202 or ECO 315, or equivalent)
- MGT 310 Managing Organizational Behavior
3 Hrs. (No prerequisites)
- MGT 488 Strategic Management and Leadership
3 Hrs. (Prerequisite: All College core courses).
Accountancy Core (21 Hours)
The Accountancy Core is designed to prepare students for challenging careers and positions of leadership in both the private and public sectors.
Minimum GPA: Accountancy majors are required to earn a grade of C (2.00) or better in all accountancy core courses.
The accountancy core consists of the following six courses:
- ACC 321 Intermediate Financial Accounting I
3 Hrs. Prerequisites: ACC 211 and 212, or equivalent, and familiarity with spreadsheet application software.
- ACC 322 Intermediate Financial Accounting II
3 Hrs. Prerequisite: ACC 321.
- ACC 324 Intermediate Financial Accounting III
3 Hrs. Prerequisite: ACC 322.
- ACC 433 Intermediate Managerial Accounting
3 Hrs. Prerequisite: ACC 211 and ACC 212, or equivalent.
- ACC 443 Federal Income Taxation
3 Hrs. Prerequisite: ACC 211 and ACC 212, or equivalent.
- ACC 464 Auditing Concepts and Responsibilities
3 Hrs. Prerequisite: ACC 321, or instructor approval.
- ACC Elective
General Electives (7-8 Hours)
Electives allow students to supplement the accountancy core curriculum and to specialize in a field of study that is appropriate to their career goals. These electives may constitute a formal minor or area of study specifically designed to meet the student’s needs.
To ensure that baccalaureate-level students have a broad context in which their accountancy education is set and to fulfill the AACSB requirement, at least 60 of the total 120 hours required for a bachelors degree should be in the area of general education and liberal studies.
Students should consult with their academic advisers to determine their elective hours. Students using electives to complete a minor must also have the approval of their minor adviser.
Engaged Citizenship Common Experience – ECCE Requirements — (10 Hours) under Fall 2012 Catalog
Beginning with the Fall 2012 catalog, all undergraduate students are required to take a minimum of 10 hours in the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE), a set of courses tied to UIS’ heritage, mission, vision, and values. These courses provide a distinctive element to the baccalaureate education at UIS, and encourage a commitment to making a difference in the world. Most of the course work in this category is interdisciplinary and is designed to help students recognize the value of multiple perspectives.
All undergraduates at UIS will be required to take the following ECCE course work: 1 hour of Speaker Series and two of the following three ECCE categories for at least 9 credit hours: US Communities, Global Awareness, and Engagement Experience.
Some degree programs may require students to take particular ECCE courses. Students should consult with advisors in the major for further guidance. The Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) includes 200-, 300-, and 400-level courses and the following categories:
U.S. Communities (1 course, 3 hours)
Courses in this category aim to broaden students’ knowledge about substantial, distinctive, and complex aspects of the history, society, politics, and culture of United States communities.
Global Awareness (1 course, 3 hours)
Courses in this category help students to understand and function in an increasingly interdependent and globalizing environment and to develop an appreciation of other cultural perspectives. They foster awareness of other cultures, polities, or natural environments, past or present.
Engagement Experience (3 hours)
This category offers students structured opportunities to integrate knowledge, practice, and reflection in the context of an engaged citizenship experience. Students may fulfill this part of the ECCE curriculum through an Experiential and Service-Learning internship, Credit for Prior Learning, a service-learning course, a research project, a group project course, or study abroad, among others. Students who desire or are required to complete a 6-hour Experiential and Service-Learning (EXL) internship or project may do so through the Engagement Experience.
ECCE Speakers Series (1 hour)
For one semester, students will be required to participate in a series of campus-sponsored lectures by speakers who exemplify engaged citizenship. Credit will be awarded upon completion of all course requirements. Students must complete one hour of Speakers Series course work, but may take an additional hour in a different semester if desired.
Courses taken to meet the 10 hours of ECCE requirements cannot be used to meet general education course work, but they may count toward requirements, electives, or prerequisites in the major and minor.