Graduation

Accounting Program

CALUMET COLLEGE OF ST. JOSEPH’S accounting program is committed to providing a wide range of tools necessary for successful admission to graduate school.

In support of the College mission, the Accounting Department is comprised of creative, highly qualified professionals dedicated to preparing our students for entry-level opportunities and longterm career success, providing a fulfilling experience for members of our faculty, and making meaningful contributions to the professional and academic communities we serve.

The Accounting Program offers a B.S., and an A.S., in Accounting. The program is committed to providing a wide range of tools necessary for successful admission to graduate school. The program seeks to develop professional and practical scholarship through exploration of fundamental and contemporary concerns, including those dealing with ethical issues. Such an education provides the graduate with a background suited to meeting the needs of a challenging job market.

The Bachelor of Science in Accounting will put you on a career path to work for local, national, or international accounting and consulting firms. Opportunities are also available in business, higher education, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Students may also choose to earn an Associate of Science degree for quick entry into the workforce and a foundation for further education, or to minor in Accounting as a supplement to another CCSJ major.

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What do Accounting Majors do for a living?

  • Public Accounting
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Government
  • Education
  • Non-profit
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Faculty

George Grzesiowski, M.B.A., C.P.A.

Accounting Program Director; Assistant Professor

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Program

Objectives and requirements

Upon completion of this program, it is expected that students will:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current accounting principles, tax law, current auditing standards, and the use of accounting information by management.
  • Develop critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills.
  • Apply accounting theory in a practical manner.
  • Demonstrate technology skills necessary to solve accounting problems.
  • Meet the requirements for entry-level careers in accounting such as auditing, corporate accounting, governmental, not-for-profit organizations, and taxation.
  • Demonstrate the capability to critically and reflectively engage ethical issues in accounting, particularly questions pertaining to social responsibility and professional practice.
120 credit hours

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

38 hours: General Education

24 hours: Requisites for the Major (common body of knowledge)
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 225 Accounting Information Systems
ECON 210 Macroeconomics
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principles and Practice or BSMT 380 Organizational Leadership
MATH 104 Algebra and Trigonometry
MATH 171 Statistics or PSY 230 Statistics for Behavioral Science
BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics

39 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major
ACCT 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 320 Advanced Accounting
ACCT 330 Cost Accounting
ACCT 475 Fraud Examination
BSMT 330 Law and the Manager I
BSMT 331 Law and the Manager II
ACCT 415 Government and Non-profit Accounting
ACCT 450 Income Tax Accounting I
ACCT 451 Income Tax Accounting II
ACCT 470 Auditing
ACCT 499 Senior Seminar in Accounting
BSMT 350 Business Communications

19 hours: Electives

The student is encouraged to build a minor in a complementary field.

59 credit hours

The following courses are required for the Associate’s degree:

35 hours: General Education

15 hours: Requisites for the Major (common body of knowledge)
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 225 Accounting Information Systems
ECON 210 Principles of Economics I

9 hours: Upper Level Courses in Major
ACCT 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 330 Cost Accounting

The Forensic Accounting major is designed to provide students with the knowledge necessary to investigate financial and “white collar” criminal activities. Course selection and design ensure that graduates acquire a thorough and systematic knowledge of agencies and institutions in the public and private sector, have a firm perception of law and its role in the delivery of American justice, and are aware of the social, psychological, and political aspects of crime and punishment.

Forensic accountants work in most major accounting firms and are needed to investigate mergers and acquisitions, tax investigations, economic crime investigations, all kinds of civil litigation support, specialized audits, and even terrorist investigations.

Forensic Accountants work throughout the business world, in public accounting, corporations, and in all units of government, from the FBI and CIA to the offices of local authorities.

B.S. in Accounting with a Forensic Accounting Concentration (120 hours)

The following courses are required for a baccalaureate degree:

38 hours: General Education

39 hours: Required Courses in Accounting
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 225 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
BSMT 330 Law and the Manager I
BSMT 331 Law and the Manager II
ACCT 330 Cost Accounting
ACCT 450 Income Tax Accounting I
ACCT 451 Income Tax Accounting II
ACCT 470 Auditing
ACCT 475 Fraud Examination
ACCT 499 Senior Seminar

24 hours: Required Courses in Criminal Justice
CRIJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 300 Criminology
CRIJ 310 Criminal Law
CRIJ 311 Criminal Procedures
CRIJ 320 Laws of Evidence
CRIJ 330 Scientific Criminal Investigation
CRIJ 435 White Collar Crime
CRIJ 497 Research in Criminal Justice

19 hours: Electives
Courses suggested:
BSMT 120 Management Thought, Principle and Practice (or, BSMT 380)
BSMT 350 Business Communications
BSMT 375 Business and Professional Ethics
ECON 210 Macroeconomics

Second Degree in Accounting (42 hours)

The following courses are required:
ACCT 210 Principles of Accounting I
ACCT 211 Principles of Accounting II
ACCT 225 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 300 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 320 Advanced Accounting
ACCT 330 Cost Accounting
ACCT 475 Forensic Accounting
ACCT 415 Government and Non-Profit Accounting
ACCT 450 Income Tax Accounting I
ACCT 451 Income Tax Accounting II
ACCT 470 Auditing
BSMT 330 Law and the Manager I BSMT 331 Law and the Manager II

Requirements for the CPA Examination

The State of Indiana requires all students wishing to sit for the CPA examination to have obtained a bachelor’s degree and have completed 150 hours of college credit. Students who plan to take the CPA Examination outside the State of Indiana should see the Accounting Program Director for the particular requirements of the state in which they plan to sit.

Eligibility for Examination

To apply for the Uniform CPA Examination in Indiana, you must meet ONE of the following requirements:

  1. Earned 150 semester hours in general education which must include a graduate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Board, and completed:
    • At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate level or 15 semester hours in accounting at the graduate level or an equivalent combination thereof which must include courses covering the following subjects:
      • Financial accounting,
      • Auditing,
      • Taxation,
      • Managerial accounting; and
    • At least 24 semester hours in business administration and economics courses, other than accounting courses, at the undergraduate or graduate level, which may include:
      • Up to six semester hours of business and tax law courses
      • Up to six semester hours of computer science courses
  2. Earned 150 semester hours in general education which must include a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Board; and completed:
    • At least 24 semester hours in accounting at the undergraduate or graduate level which must include courses covering the following subjects:
      • Financial accounting,
      • Auditing,
      • Taxation,
      • Managerial accounting; and
    • At least 24 semester hours in business administration and economics courses, other than accounting courses, which may include:
      • Up to six semester hours of business and tax law courses
      • Up to six semester hours of computer science courses

All educational transcript(s), Certificates of Enrollment, and/or international evaluation reports are required to be submitted at the time of application to CPA Examination Services directly from the academic institution(s).

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