Accounting

Major: Accounting
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0

Co-op Options: Three Co-op (Five years); One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 52.0305
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 13-2011; 11-3031; 13-2051

About the Program

Accounting is the language of business and so much more. It provides the critical information that guides decision-making at all levels of business, government, and non-profit organizations. An Accounting degree offers students the opportunity to obtain technical knowledge, critical thinking, data analytics, decision-making, and innovation skills as well as communication expertise required to lead in today's transforming marketplace. Accounting graduates find career opportunities across many areas including public accounting, corporate and non-profit financial management, accounting, auditing, taxation roles, and governmental accounting.

Many professional accountants obtain a license as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or obtain a Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA) designation after passing the examinations and completing all education and experience requirements. The University’s co-op program provides practical experience for Accounting students. Time spent working in accounting co-op positions is accepted as part of the experience requirement for Pennsylvania and many other states.

Students planning to obtain a CPA license must take additional coursework to meet state mandated requirements. Each state has different education requirements for licensure. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor and/or the Department of Accounting upon declaring the major to ensure ample time to fulfill such requirements.

Degree Requirements

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
PHIL 105Critical Reasoning3.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
UNIV B101The Drexel Experience1.0
UNIV B201 [WI] Career Management1.0
English literature elective ENGL 200 through ENGL 3993.0
Fine Arts Elective3.0
History Elective4.0
Select two of the following: 6.0
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Applied Chemistry
Applied Physics
General Education Electives
Students select 16.0 General Education electives, with a minimum of one course in each of the following three categories. Students take the remaining 7.0 credits from any of the topics listed under Additional General Education Electives.
Education Electives
Society & Culture
Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language or Philosophy 3.0
Social Science
Anthropology, Criminology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Psychology3.0
Science
Computer Science, Information Systems, Science3.0
Additional General Education Electives
Seven (7.0) credits must be earned by taking courses from the following topics: Communication, English, Fine Arts, Global Studies, Language, Philosophy, Anthropology, History, Sociology, Criminology, Political Science, Psychology, Computer Science, Information Systems, Math or Science 7.0
Business Requirements
ACCT 115Financial Accounting Foundations4.0
ACCT 116Managerial Accounting Foundations4.0
BLAW 201Business Law I4.0
BUSN 101Foundations of Business I4.0
BUSN 102Foundations of Business II4.0
BSAN 160Business Analytics and Data Visualization4.0
ECON 201Principles of Microeconomics4.0
ECON 202Principles of Macroeconomics4.0
FIN 301Introduction to Finance4.0
INTB 200International Business4.0
MGMT 450Strategy and Competitive Advantage4.0
MIS 200Management Information Systems4.0
MKTG 201Introduction to Marketing Management4.0
OPM 200Operations Management4.0
ORGB 300 [WI] Organizational Behavior4.0
STAT 201Introduction to Business Statistics4.0
Select one of the following: 4.0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
For-Profit Business Consulting
Nonprofit Business Consulting
Startup Business Consulting
International Business Consulting
Negotiations and Conflict Resolution
Sport Business Consulting
Business Statistics II
Required Accounting Major Courses
ACCT 321Financial Reporting I4.0
ACCT 322Financial Reporting II4.0
ACCT 323Financial Reporting III4.0
ACCT 329Advanced Accounting4.0
ACCT 331Cost Accounting4.0
ACCT 341Principles of Auditing4.0
TAX 341Individual Income Taxes4.0
TAX 342Business Income Taxes4.0
Free Electives 18.0
Total Credits180.0

Students planning to take the CPA exam should review the educational requirements established by the State Board of Accountancy in the state in which they plan to sit for the examination. Students are qualified to sit for the examination in Pennsylvania by meeting the degree requirements above. Students planning to apply for a CPA license in Pennsylvania have to obtain 225.0 quarter credit hours—the equivalent to 150 semester hours.

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

5 Year 3 Co-Op 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0MATH 1024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0COOP 1011.0Society & Culture elective 3.0 
 CIVC 1011.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCE COOP EXPERIENCEACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0
  STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0
  History elective 4.0INTB 2004.0
  Select one of the following: 3.0Select one of the following: 3.0
  
  
  
 0 0 15 14
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 3214.0ACCT 3224.0
  MKTG 2014.0FIN 3014.0
  OPM 2004.0MIS 2004.0
  ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 Course3.0Science elective3.0
 0 0 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 3234.0ACCT 3414.0
  ACCT 3314.0TAX 3414.0
  ORGB 3004.0Free elective4.0
  PHIL 1053.0 
 0 0 15 12
Fifth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ACCT 3294.0MGMT 4504.0Free electives8.0 
UNIV B2011.0TAX 3424.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
General Education elective 3.0General Education elective 4.0Select one of the following: 4.0 
Free elective3.0Free elective3.0 
Social Science elective3.0  
   
   
   
   
   
   
 14 15 15 
Total Credits 180

4 Year 1 Co-Op 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0MATH 1024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0COOP 1011.0Society & Culture elective3.0 
 CIVC 1011.0  
 16 17 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0ACCT 3214.0ACCT 3224.0
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0FIN 3014.0
History elective 4.0INTB 2004.0OPM 2004.0MIS 2004.0
Select one of the following: 3.0Select one of the following: 3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course 3.0Science Elective 3.0
  
  
  
 15 14 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCEACCT 3234.0ACCT 3414.0
  ACCT 3314.0TAX 3414.0
  ORGB 3004.0Free electives4.0
  PHIL 1053.0 
 0 0 15 12
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ACCT 3294.0MGMT 4504.0Free electives8.0 
UNIV B2011.0TAX 3424.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
General Education elective3.0General Education elective4.0Select one of the following: 4.0 
Free elective 3.0Free elective3.0 
Social Science elective3.0  
   
   
   
   
   
   
 14 15 15 
Total Credits 180

4 Year No Co-Op 

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BUSN 1014.0BUSN 1024.0ACCT 1154.0VACATION
ECON 2014.0ECON 2024.0BSAN 1604.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 1014.0MATH 1024.0PSY 1013.0 
UNIV B1011.0CIVC 1011.0Society & Culture elective3.0 
 16 16 17 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 1164.0BLAW 2014.0ACCT 3214.0VACATION
STAT 2014.0COM 2703.0MKTG 2014.0 
History elective4.0INTB 2004.0OPM 2004.0 
Select one of the following: 3.0Select one of the following: 3.0ENGL 200 - ENGL 399 course3.0 
  
  
  
 15 14 15 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ACCT 3224.0ACCT 3234.0ACCT 3414.0VACATION
FIN 3014.0ACCT 3314.0TAX 3414.0 
MIS 2004.0ORGB 3004.0Free elective4.0 
Science elective3.0PHIL 1053.0  
 15 15 12 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
ACCT 3294.0MGMT 4504.0Free electives8.0 
UNIV B2011.0TAX 3424.0Fine Arts elective3.0 
General education elective 4.0General education elective 4.0Select one of the following: 4.0 
Free elective 3.0Free elective 3.0 
Social Science elective 3.0  
   
   
   
   
   
   
 15 15 15 
Total Credits 180

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Public, private, and government accounting provide the greatest range of career possibilities. Professional accountants are normally certified as public accountants (CPA) or managerial accountants (CMA) after passing the appropriate professional examinations.

Drexel’s co-op program provides an added advantage to accounting students; time spent working in accounting co-op positions is often accepted as part of the one year of accounting experience needed for CPA certification.

Drexel’s Accounting graduates accept positions in public accounting, private industry, government, and non-profit organizations. Many also choose to continue their studies in graduate schools, pursuing such degrees as an MBA, master’s in taxation, master's in accounting, or a PhD. Overall, Drexel’s graduates enjoy a high placement rate.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on co-op and post-graduate opportunities. To learn more about career opportunities and resources, see the Career Guides provided by the Steinbright Career Development Center.

Facilities

LeBow College of Business opened its 12-story, 177,500-square-foot home, Gerri C. LeBow Hall in September 2013. Located in the heart of Drexel University campus, it forms a gateway to Drexel and serves as a backdrop to the historic statue of A.J. Drexel (Moses Ezekiel, 1904). 

The building’s organization unites the school’s various constituencies around a five-story-high atrium ringed by 15 classrooms of varying sizes and configurations, including a finance trading lab. The atrium is immediately accessible from main entrances at the three corners of the building. An open stair within the atrium leads to a 300-seat auditorium, 100-seat lecture hall, and a behavioral studies lab one floor below. Other amenities consist of 19 collaboration rooms, 3,500 square feet of student lounges and quiet study areas, a bank of four elevators and full ADA accessibility, and an event space with catering capacity. The building's upper floors contain faculty and staff offices interspersed with seminar and conference rooms. 

Gerri C. LeBow Hall brings together faculty, students, and staff in a state-of-the-art building on the University City campus. Please visit the LeBow College of Business webpage, the Behavioral Lab webpage, the Finance Trading Lab webpage, and the SAP Next-Gen webpage to learn more about Gerri C. LeBow Hall.


Accounting Faculty

Stephen B. Bates, DBA (Wilmington University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Maureen Breen, PhD (West Chester University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Financial reporting, internal controls in corporate and not-for-profit sectors.
Hsihui Chang, PhD (University of Minnesota) KPMG Professor of Accounting.
Hiu Lam Choy, PhD (University of Rochester). Associate Professor. Financial accounting.
Mary Copeland, MS, MBA (American University). Assistant Clinical Professor.
Anthony P. Curatola, PhD (Texas A&M University) Joseph F. Ford Professor of Accounting. Professor. Federal and state income tax policy, retirement income taxation, fringe benefits taxation, educational savings and tax incentives, federal and state income tax research.
Xin Dai, PhD (University of Minnesota). Assistant Professor.
Barbara Murray Grein, PhD (University of North Carolina) Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Professor. Auditing, auditor selection, audit adjustments, audit fees, corporate governance, financial reporting.
Curtis M. Hall, PhD (University of Arizona). Associate Professor. Strategic cost management; corporate governance; capital markets research in accounting; human capital investment.
Natalya V. Khimich, PhD (University of California at Berkeley). Assistant Professor. Equity valuation, earnings quality, and accounting for innovation and intangible assets.
Stacy Kline, MBA (Temple University). Clinical Professor. Individual, corporation; S corporation and partnership taxation.
Johnny Lee, PhD (University of Utah). Associate Clinical Professor. Accounting information systems; e-business; managerial accounting; supply chain management
Gordian Ndubizu, PhD (Temple University). Professor. Financial accounting.
Duri Park, PhD (Ohio State University). Assistant Professor. Financial accounting, insider trading, investments, and cash holdings.
Jennifer Wright, MTA (Villanova University) Assistant Department Head, Accounting and Tax. Associate Clinical Professor.
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