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Santa Clara University (SCU) was founded as Santa Clara College on March 19, 1851 and began offering courses in commercial subjects in 1854. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in the west.
Santa Clara College began offering degrees in accounting in 1923 as part of the College of Business Administration. The College of Business was accredited in 1953. The undergraduate accounting program received a separate accreditation from the AACSB in 1995. Presently we are one of only five accounting programs accredited by the AACSB in the State of California.
Majors offered through the Accounting Department
All SCU business students are required to declare a major in a specialty field of study. The accounting department offers two majors for undergraduates: the Accounting major and the Accounting and Information Systems (A&IS) major. The A&IS major is jointly offered with the OMIS Department.
Students majoring in both Accounting and A&IS will take courses that prepare them for professional examinations that are part of the certification procedures that lead to designation as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA). All SCU Accounting and A&IS majors graduate with enough accounting and business units to qualify for the CPA exam in California under Pathway 1. Students who plan to take the CPA exam in other states or who wish to take the CPA exam in California under Pathway 2 may need to take additional courses. For more information about the CPA exam, visit our FAQ page.
All SCU business students must complete both the University core curriculum requirements and the College of Business core requirements. The College of Business core requirements include two accounting courses: ACTG 11 and ACTG 12. We recommend that Accounting and A&IS majors complete ACTG 11 and 12 by the end of their sophomore year.
In addition to University and College of Business core requirements, accounting majors and A&IS majors must take several upper division accounting and/or OMIS courses.
Our department offers the following courses for undergraduate students:
In addition, the OMIS department offers the following courses for A&IS majors:
Interaction with Study Abroad Programs
Many SCU accounting majors and A&IS majors participate in semester study abroad programs. Our program is designed to allow Accounting and A&IS majors to study abroad during the fall quarter of their junior year without falling behind in their required upper division accounting classes. We recommend that study abroad students take ACTG 130 (Intermediate Accounting I) in the winter quarter of their junior year.
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information about our undergraduate program, visit our FAQ page.