Accounting & Finance

Curriculum

The Accounting and Finance department offers these major concentrations:

As an Accounting & Finance student at CSB/SJU, you will have the opportunity to pick the concentration that fits best with your career goals. All states, including Minnesota, require 150 credit hours of education to obtain the CPA license. Our Public Accounting concentration has many preparatory courses to help students do well on the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. The Traditional Accounting concentration provides a broader, more general view of accounting and is especially useful for students who double major or study abroad. Additionally, students in the Traditional Accounting concentration are able to sit for the CPA exam with no extra coursework. And the Finance concentration prepares students for careers focusing on financial analysis, including careers as a stock broker, securities analyst, investment banker, financial planner, or in the finance department of a corporation.

Many Accounting & Finance students pursue internships during their junior year. Internships not only give students hands-on experience but allows them to test their probable career path while still in college. Plus, many of the internships are well-paid.

Courses required for all three accounting major concentrations:

  • ACFN 111 Principles 1 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 112 Principles 2 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 210 Business Writing & Communication – 2 credits
  • ACFN 325 Intermediate I – 4 credits
  • ACFN 335 Business Law – 2 credits
  • MATH 124 Prob & Stats – 4 credits
  • ECON 111 Intro – 4 credits
  • Introductory Computer Science course – 4 credits

 


Accounting major with traditional concentration:

  • Math 119 or 125 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 326 Intermediate II – 4 credits
  • One of the following (4 credits): ACFN 310 Fundamentals of Finance, GBUS 201 Principles of Mgmt or ECON 300 level elective
  • ACFN 331 Cost – 4 credits
  • ACFN 338 Advanced – 4 credits
  • ACFN 340 Information Systems – 4 credits
  • ACFN 341 Introduction to Income Tax – 2 credits
  • One of the following (2 credits): ACFN 342 Advanced Individual Income Tax, ACFN 343 Business Tax Topics, ACFN 344 Research in Tax
  • ACFN 355 Auditing – 4 credits

Total in major: 60 credits

Accounting major with finance concentration:

  • Math 119 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 310 Fundamentals of Finance – 4 credits
  • ACFN 315 Theory of Investments – 4 credits
  • ACFN 318 Finance in Corporations – 4 credits
  • ACFN 333 Financial Modeling & Analysis – 4 credits
  • ACFN 395 Capstone – 4 credits
  • 12 credits from the courses listed below.
    One course must be from ACFN 360-363. One course from ECON. The other four credits may be selected from any other ACFN, ECON or GBUS courses listed:
    • ACFN 326 Intermediate 2
    • ACFN 340 Information Systems (Fall only)
    • ACFN 341 Intro to Income Tax
    • ACFN 342 Individual Income Tax
    • ACFN 343 Business Tax Topics
    • ACFN 344 Research in Tax
    • ACFN 360 Financial Derivatives (Every other year)
    • ACFN 361 Security Analysis/Portf Mgmt (Every other year)
    • ACFN 362 Finance Topics (Every other year)
    • ACFN 363 Advanced Corporate Finance (Every other year)
    • ECON 3xx Any 300-Level Course
    • GBUS 201 Principles of Mgmt
    • GBUS 330 International Org Behavior
    • GBUS 341 Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt

* Note that ACFN 341 is a prerequisite course for ACFN 342, 343 & 344

Total in major: 64 credits

Accounting major with public accounting concentration:

  • Math 119 or 125 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 326 Intermediate II – 4 credits
  • GBUS 201 Principles of Mgmt – 4 credits
  • ACFN 310 Fundamentals of Finance – 4 credits
  • ACFN 331 Cost – 4 credits
  • ACFN 333 Financial Modeling & Analysis – 4 credits
  • ACFN 338 Advanced – 4 credits
  • ACFN 340 Information Systems – 4 credits
  • ACFN 341 Introduction to Income Tax – 2 credits
  • ACFN 355 Auditing – 4 credits
  • Eight (8) credits from the following courses (at least 2 credits must come from ACFN 342-344):
    • ACFN 315 Investments (Fall only)
    • ACFN 320 International Finance (Spring only)
    • ACFN 330 Governmental/NFP – 2 credits (Spring only)
    • ACFN 342 Advanced Individual Income Tax – 2 credits
    • ACFN 343 Business Tax Topics– 2 credits (Spring only)
    • ACFN 344 Research in Tax– 2 credits (Spring only)
    • ACFN 353 Fraud Examination – 2 credits (annually – usually fall)
    • GBUS 330 International Org Behavior
    • GBUS 341 Operations & Supply Chain Mgmt
    • ECON 3xx Any 300-Level Course
Total in major: 74 credits

Courses required for a minor in accounting:

  • ACFN 111 Principles 1 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 112 Principles 2 – 4 credits
  • ACFN 325 Intermediate I – 4 credits
  • 8 credits from the following list of courses:
    • ACFN 326 Intermediate II – 4 credits
    • ACFN 331 Cost – 4 credits
    • ACFN 340 Information Systems – 4 credits
    • ACFN 341 Introduction to Income Tax – 2 credits
    • *ACFN 342 Advanced Individual Income Tax – 2 credits
    • *ACFN 343 Business Tax Topics – 2 credits
    • *ACFN 344 Research in Tax – 2 credits
Total in minor: 20 credits

The information here describes our curriculum for student who enrolled at CSB/SJU in the Fall of 2018 or after. For students who first enrolled earlier than the Fall of 2018, please contact the department chair for the requirements.

Contact the Accounting and Finance Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

Steven Welch
Chair, Accounting and Finance Department
SJU Simons 216
320-363-3418