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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog 
2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Bachelor of Science

Accountancy is the study of the means used to communicate financial and economic information to decision makers. The curriculum concentrates on developing a strong understanding of the rationale behind and implications of the accounting treatment afforded various economic transactions. Additionally, the student is introduced to the various tools used by the accounting professional.

The program’s objective is to enable the student to adapt the knowledge and skills developed through the study of accounting to new situations encountered in a dynamic business environment. The curriculum includes a variety of learning experiences including case analyses, computer labs and assignments, team projects, oral presentations, internships, and research projects utilizing both manual and electronic resources.

The accountancy program prepares graduates to pursue careers as certified public accountants, private accountants, financial managers, financial analysts, internal auditors, certified management accountants, and government auditors. Graduates are also prepared for advanced study in the fields of law or business. Students who minor in accountancy augment other majors with knowledge and skills that are transferable to a wide variety of careers.

The following major requirements apply to the Classes of 2009, 2010, and 2011. Beginning with the Class of 2012, the accountancy major requirements have changed. For more information on these requirements, please contact the School of Business directly or visit the Web site at:

C.P.A. Exam Requirement

Requirements to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (C.P.A.) exam vary by state. Certain states require specific electives and/or additional courses beyond the major requirements stated below. Other states require C.P.A. candidates to have completed 150 hours of education prior to sitting for the C.P.A. exam. Providence College offers a Master of Business Administration Program that provides an opportunity for the student to fulfill the 150 hours education requirement. Students are advised to contact the appropriate state Board of Accountancy for specific requirements and consult with their advisor to develop a plan to meet those requirements. Students may also refer to the accountancy department Web page at

Suggested Sequence

Sophomore Sem. 2

Junior Sem. 1

Junior Sem. 2

Senior Sem. 1

Senior Sem. 2


*MTH 109-110 Calculus is recommended in lieu of MTH 107-108 for students with suitable math aptitude.

**Beginning with the Class of 2009, the number of credit hours required for accountancy majors has been increased from 116 to 120. ACC 201 Intermediate Accounting I, ACC 202 Intermediate Accounting II, and ACC 412 Auditing are each worth 4 credits. ACC 200 Introduction to the Profession is a required 1-credit course.

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