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Accounting and Business Program Requirements

The following program requirements are from the Clarke University 2012-2013 Academic Catalog and apply to students currently enrolled. The university reserves any right to change, without notice, any information posted on this Web page and in the catalog. For the most current information, please contact the Clarke University Registrar's Office at registrar@clarke.edu.

CORE REQUIREMENTS

All departmental majors are required to take certain general education and skill courses, as well as the business core, in addition to their major courses.

36 hours of business core courses:

  • BUMG 112 Principles of Management
  • BUEC 121 Microeconomics
  • BUEC 122 Macroeconomics
  • BUAC 225 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BUAC 226 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BUMG 250 Business Communication
  • BUMK 220 Principles of Marketing
  • BUMG 205 Business Law
  • BUFN 310 Finance I
  • BUMG 344 Operations Management
  • BUMG 354 Human Resource Management
  • BUMG 499 Capstone: Strategy and Policy

9 hours of required supporting courses including:

  • MATH 220 Statistics
  • Ethics course (PHIL 225 Applied Ethics: Business or PHIL 212 General Ethics)
  • CIS 201 Advanced Computer Applications in Business

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: ACCOUNTING

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Accounting, a student completes the core requirements and an additional 24 credit hours, including the following courses. (15 of these hours must be completed at Clarke):

  • BUAC 331 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUAC 332 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUAC 343 Cost Accounting I
  • BUAC 348 Personal Income Tax OR BUAC 349 Corporate Income Tax
  • BUAC 350 Accounting Information Systems
  • BUAC 446 Auditing
  • BUAC 455 Advanced Accounting
  • Choose one elective course from the following:
    • BUAC 349 Corporate Income Tax
    • BUAC 356 Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit~ 

For those students who wish to sit for any of the professional accounting exams (CPA or CMA), in addition to the accounting major, the department recommends BUMG 206 Business Law II and all accounting courses, including BUAC 344 Cost Accounting II and BUAC 356 Accounting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit.
 
The CMA exam requires 120 hours of course work.  Most states require 150 hours of completed coursework to sit for the CPA exam. Clarke students may earn the additional hours by obtaining a double major (for example, computer information systems) as an undergraduate; by entering the Clarke graduate business program; or by receiving a master’s of accountancy degree from the University of Iowa. Currently, Clarke has an articulation agreement with the University of Iowa. Students must meet the criteria set by the University of Iowa before acceptance into the program.

 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Business Administration, a student completes the core requirements and an additional 12 hours in one area of emphasis from the following three:

Marketing emphasis:

  • BUMK 326 Marketing Management
  • BUMK 327 International Marketing
  • COMM 201 Advertising
  • BUMK 321 Sales Management  OR BUMK 323 Consumer Behavior

Management emphasis:

  • BUMG 302 Labor Management Relations
  • BUMG 320 Organizational Behavior
  • BUMK 327 International Marketing OR BUFN 415 International Finance
  • 3 hours of business elective

Finance emphasis:

  • BUEC 300 Money & Banking
  • BUFN 311 Finance II
  • BUFN 412 Investments & Portfolio Management
  • BUFN 415 International Finance

A student must earn at least a C- in any course required for the major or the minor. In addition, a student must have at least a 2.0 average in all business courses. Ordinarily, no course may be repeated more than once. The department chair must approve exceptions in writing. Students who have been accepted to the program will be dismissed if they receive a D, F, and/or W/F in three courses, or if the student’s major GPA drops below a 2.0 for two consecutive semesters.

NOTE: The department reserves the right to accept courses offered by other campuses to fulfill major requirements. Courses must be approved in advance by the department for Clarke students wishing to take courses elsewhere. Students transferring to Clarke may be required to take an accounting placement test.

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: ACCOUNTING

For a Minor in Accounting, a student completes 24 hours, including:

  • BUEC 121 Microeconomics
  • BUEC 122 Macroeconomics
  • BUAC 225 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BUAC 226 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BUAC 331 Intermediate Accounting I
  • BUAC 332 Intermediate Accounting II
  • BUAC 343 Cost Accounting
  • BUFN 310 Finance I

MINOR REQUIREMENTS: BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

For a Minor in Business Administration, a student completes 24 hours, including the following (This option is not available to accounting majors):

  • BUAC 225 Principles of Financial Accounting
  • BUAC 226 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • BUEC 121 Microeconomics
  • BUEC 122 Macroeconomics
  • BUMG 112 Principles of Management
  • BUMK 220 Principles of Marketing
  • BUMG 205 Business Law OR BUMG 354 Human Resource Management
  • BUFN 310 Finance I

APPLICATION TO MAJOR IN ACCOUNTING/BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

Prior to applying to the accounting/business administration department, a student must have successfully completed (C- or better) BUAC 225 Principles of Financial Accounting I, MATH 220 Statistics and either BUEC 121 Microeconomics or BUEC 122 Macroeconomics. Ordinarily, these courses must be taken at Clarke.

BUSINESS TEACHING ENDORSEMENTS

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Business with Secondary Endorsement in Business Marketing/Management, students need to complete a 30-credit teaching major that includes completion of 24 hours in business with a minimum of six hours in marketing, six hours in management and six hours in economics.

For a Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree in Business with Secondary Endorsement in Business, students need to complete a 30-credit teaching major that includes completion of 24 hours in business with CIS 101 Computer Applications in Business and BUMG 112 Principles of Management.

COOPERATIVE EDUCATION/INTERNSHIPS

Cooperative education and/or internship experiences are goals of the department. These experiences give students the opportunity to apply classroom theory to job situations. Students have returned from these placements with valuable experiences, a better understanding of the practical applications of their coursework, and they are able to add another dimension to class discussions and their class work. Recently, students have held cooperative education/internship positions as bank tellers, office accountants, camp business managers, assistant managers of retail stores, and marketing representatives.

SENIOR PERFORMANCE

This university requirement is fulfilled through the successful completion of BUMG 499 Strategy and Policy. This course requires a comprehensive research paper and oral presentation on a topic related to accounting, business or economics. Emphasis of the general education outcomes and assessments are included in this integrated Capstone course.

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