Accounting is an essential function in any well-managed organization. From small non-profit organizations to government agencies and large multinational corporations, managing and accounting for financial resources requires professionals with a solid foundation in accounting principles. This degree prepares a student for a career as a professional accountant, budget analyst, auditor, fiscal analyst or comptroller in the private or public sectors.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in the Sage College of Albany (SCA) is a full-time four year program that currently requires some courses to be taken during the day and others at night. Students who enter this program may either do so directly after their secondary education or transfer in. Transfer would typically be done after completing an associate’s degree obtained elsewhere. A Sage academic advisor will describe alternatives for completing the necessary curriculum.
When students complete the undergraduate accounting curriculum, they are fully qualified for a professional accounting career. Recent changes to the Certified Public Accountant National Exam now require a total of 150 credit hours of study prior to the exam. Students may pursue the additional 30 credit hours by completing a Sage graduate degree (MS or MBA) or through additional undergraduate courses. The accounting curriculum is registered with the Division of Professional Education of the New York State Education Department.
- Apply appropriate and effective use of technology for organizations.
- Communicate effectively through the delivery of written and oral presentations.
- Synthesize managerial practice with stakeholder theory and socially responsible decision making.
- Analyze, evaluate and develop effective leadership skills in a variety of settings.
- Understand the social, financial, environmental, legal/political and global issues facing contemporary organizations.
- Use critical thinking skills to understand and apply problem solving strategies and techniques for organizational and individual decision making.
- Demonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge in the sub-disciplines of management through experiential learning.
- Demonstrate professionalism within the context of the work environment.
Note that the Accounting program is offered through the Albany campus. RSC students completing the Accounting major should expect to complete the majority of their required major courses on the Albany campus.
Accounting Program Requirements : 60 credits
Accounting Core : 27 credits
Complete all of the following:
ACC 201 Financial Accounting
ACC 202 Managerial Accounting
ACC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
ACC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
ACC 205 Cost Accounting
ACC 207 Acctg Information Systems
ACC 210 Individual Taxation
ACC 301 Advanced Accounting I
ACC 401 Auditing
Accounting Electives : 6 credits
Complete two of the following:
ACC 209 Performance Auditing
ACC 303 Gov’t and Non-Profit Accounting
ACC 327 Internship in Accounting
ACC 405 Corporate & Partnership Taxation
Required Support Courses : 27 credits
Complete all of the following:
BUS 212 Business Law I
BUS 213 Business Law II
BUS 325 Financial Management I
ECO 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECO 202 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 215 Statistics for Decision Making (MAT 220 Statistics may be substituted for this requirement)
ECO 303 Investments or ECO 304 Financial Markets and Institutions : 3 credits
Complete two additional ACC, ECO or BUS courses : 6 credits
General Education Requirements
Russell Sage College Core Courses: 11 Credits
- WLD 101 – Reading Women’s Voices/Developing Our Own : 4 Credits
- WLD 201- Researching Women’s Lives : 4 Credits
- WLD 401- Women Changing the World : 3 Credits
General Education Breadth Requirement: 21 Credits
- Humanities - Fine & Performing Arts : 3 Credits
- Humanities - History : 3 Credits
- Humanities - Literature & Languages : 3 Credits
- Humanities - Elective : 3 Credits
- Natural & Physical Sciences : 6 Credits
- Social & Behavioral Sciences (must be from discipline other than ECO) : 3 Credits
Elective Courses: 28 credits
Total credits required for graduation (minimum): 120 credits
1/2 of major requirements must be completed at Sage
Cumulative GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.000
Major GPA required for graduation (minimum): 2.200