Accountancy

What Is It?:

Accountancy prepares students for entry into a variety of fields in accountancy, including corporate accounting, accounting information systems, and governmental accounting, as well as entry into graduate programs such as law. However, the B.S.A. is not sufficient to qualify students to take the CPA examination in Illinois. Therefore, students who are in the B.S.A. program and who wish to take the CPA examination have the option of applying to the department’s integrated Bachelor/Master in Accountancy program.

For more information, please visit the Department of Accountancy

Courses That Introduce the Major:

  • Pre-College of Business Coursework
    • ECON 102—Microeconomics Principles
    • ECON 103—Macroeconomics Principles
    • MATH Sequence (see website for options)

Students should consult with an academic advisor regarding course selection prior to the advanced registration period.

Possible Career Opportunities:

Many students who major in accounting do go on to become accountants, but there are also other possibilities.   Here are just a few:

  • Budget Analyst
  • Credit Manager
  • Actuary
  • FBI Agent
  • Financial Analyst
  • IRS Agent
  • Management Consultant 
  • Statistician
  • Underwriter
  • Banker
  • Research Analyst
  • Tax Accountant
  • Loan-Consumer Credit
  • Estate Planner
  • Fund Raiser
  • Treasurer

If you wish to pursue a career as an accountant, you may still have some choices to make.  There are many different types of accounting (e.g., cost, tax, managerial) and there are various work settings to consider.  You can be a government accountant working at the city, state, or federal level.  You may decide to work for a small firm, a regional firm, or one of the "Big Five" firms.  You could join the accounting department in the corporate office of a large company or take a position as the only accountant for a small business.  Since all businesses require some type of accounting function, the possibilities are endless!

Common Career Titles Related to this Major:

(Some careers may require education beyond an undergraduate degree)

  • Actuary
  • Claims Adjuster
  • Commodities Trader
  • Industrial Buyer 
  • Assistant Controller
  • Financial Analyst
  • Auditor
  • Consumer Credit Officer
  • International Trade Specialist
  • Collection Agent
  • Bank Examiner
  • Governmental Accountant
  • Controller
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Inventory Control Specialist
  • Commercial Banker
  • Industrial Accountant
  • IRS Investigator
  • Loan Administrator
  • Stockbroker
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Loan Officer / Consumer Credit
  • ax Specialist
  • Estate Planner
  • Management Consultant
  • Trust Accountant
  • Claim Adjuster/Examiner
  • Commodities Trader
  • Financial Investment Analyst
  • Insurance Agent/Broker
  • International Trade Specialist
  • IRS Investigator
  • Public Accountant
  • Securities Broker
  • Budgetary Control Analyst

Enhancing Your Academic Experience:

  • Participating in undergraduate research
  • Applying for a study abroad experience
  • Utilizing resources of The Career Center
  • Joining a Registered Student Organization (RSO) related to this major, such as:
    • Accounting Club: Enhances the student experience through company presentations, philanthropy opportunities, and social events.  Strives to educate members about the importance of leadership, ethics, communication, professionalism, and networking while informing them about the professional opportunities available to them.
    • National Association of Black Accountants: Addresses the professional needs of members and builds leaders that will shape the future of the accounting and finance professions.

Related Skills:

  • Problem solver
  • Adapt well to frequent change
  • Organized
  • Numerical computation
  • Analyze and interpret data
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy
  • Systemizing skills
  • Efficient
  • Work independently or in teams
  • Logical thinking
  • Oral and written communication

Further Information:

For more information on what you can do with a major in Accountancy, visit The Career Center’s webpage: What Can I Do With This Major.

There are several professional organizations dedicated to Accountancy.  Their websites might be able to provide a glimpse in the world of Accountancy.  These organizations include The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and American Accounting Association.

For more information on the classes needed for a degree in Accountancy, visit Undergraduate Programs.