Jul 14, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Accounting, B.B.A. (R, A, L)

Accounting is the study of the preparation, reporting, audit, analysis, and use of financial information.The major prepares students for a diversity of career opportunities, including private, industrial, services, governmental and nonprofit or tax accounting. Radford University Accounting graduates are very competitive for jobs and have high placement in a variety of professional organizations, including in the Big 4 accounting firms.

The Accounting major provides an excellent foundation for graduate training in business. This major focuses on both professional and commercial applications of accounting, with special emphasis on professionalism, ethical decision-making, analytics, and innovation. Completing the Accounting major also helps prepare graduates to earn their CMA, CPA, and other professional certifications.

The Virginia Board of Accountancy requires that CPA exam candidates obtain a minimum of f 120 semester hours of education and a baccalaureate from an accredited institution with an accounting concentration or equivalent comprised of:

-24 semester hours of accounting classes above the foundational (fundamentals) level, including auditing, financial accounting, managerial/cost accounting, and taxation; and

-24 semester hours of business courses, with no more than six semester hours that would be considered upper-level accounting courses. {the requirements to sit for the CPA exam in states other than Virginia may vary.}

REAL Curriculum

This major fulfills the R, A and L areas of the REAL Curriculum. Students develop scientific and quantitative reasoning by applying statistical and mathematical models to assist decision makers in solving business problems.  Students develop cultural and behavioral analysis competencies by examining the interaction of cultures and behaviors within the contexts of the domestic and global economic environment, examining individual and group behavior in organizations, and examining the practices used by organizations to create value, enhance satisfaction, and manage customer relationships. Student develop applied learning competencies through the exploration of professional practice. This occurs through the application of knowledge, skills, and critical reflection in the various business disciplines. Students need majors and/or minors to fulfill the E area in order to complete the REAL Curriculum requirements.

REAL Foundational Requirements

Foundational Math (3 credits)

REAL Cornerstone Requirements

Writing Intensive (WI) Courses (6 credits)

Writing Intensive courses are denoted below with a (WI). Two writing intensive courses are required to graduate, with at least one at the 300- or 400-level.

General Education Requirements

General Education courses will be denoted below with a (GE). Students are required to take at least 30 credit hours of general education designated courses within their degree requirements. The Accounting major includes 30 general education credits.

Major Requirements (72 credits)

Accounting Major (30 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Students must have at least a 2.0 major GPA. The major GPA is defined as all courses in the BBA core and all courses required for the major.

Open Credit Hours (48 credits)

These credits can be used to fulfill additional courses, majors, minors, and/or REAL Curriculum requirements, including Foundational Writing and Foundational Math.

Total Credits Needed for Degree 120