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Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 
Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting - BS

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The degree of bachelor of science (accounting) offered at Hunter College fulfills educational requirements for the CPA examination in New York State.  Candidates pursuing licensure in New York State will need to complete 150 college credits including ACC 49000 - Accounting & Auditing Research  .  An appropriate masters degree, while not required, is another path to licensure. For information on the MS in Accounting at Hunter College, see the Hunter College Graduate Catalog.

All students contemplating a career in accounting should request an interview with the accounting program adviser during the lower freshman term. To assure completion of the BS (accounting) degree within four years, a full-time student should begin the accounting major sequence in the upper freshman term, if possible, and no later than the lower sophomore term, by registering for ACC 27100 .

Hunter Core Requirement

Note: Several courses leading to or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement.

In the case of the accounting major, the courses that meet CCC are:

Course CUNY Common Core
MATH 12500  Math/Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 15000  Math/Quantitative Reasoning
ECO 20000  Scientific World
ECO 20100  Individual and Society

Please note that no more than two courses from any one department will count for the CUNY Common Core.

Foundational Courses

Students with no prior background in this academic field will need up to 9 credits in Foundational Courses. Some of these courses may fulfill  the CUNY Common Core. These courses must be be completed before embarking upon the major. Students will appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placesment.


The Department of Economics offers a major of BS in accounting, requiring a minimum of 31 credits of accounting and an additional 33 credits of professional studies. Details are outlined below.

Grade Options

Students enrolled in the BS (accounting) curriculum may not use CR/NC grades for the 31 accounting credits in the accounting major.

Professional Studies (64 cr)

Additional Information

An overall average of at least “C” must be maintained in these 31 credits.

Statistics (3 cr)

Additional Information

For students already at or beyond this point when they become majors, the course should be taken within the first 12 credits following declaration of the major.

Business Core-Required (6 cr)

Business elective (12 cr)

Choose from the following:

Minor in Accounting

Minor in Accounting 

Interdepartmental Fields

Students may take courses in economics as part of an interdepartmental program of study in Latin American and Caribbean studies, environmental studies (geography), women’s and gender studies and Jewish studies. Listings in each area discuss recommended courses.


Students may receive one credit for internships in government agencies, private firms, and not-for-profit institutions. The position must provide opportunities for learning about some area of economics, accounting, or business. The course may be taken no more than twice. Credits may not be applied towards the economics or accounting major. Internships will be graded on a CR/NC basis. Note that it is the responsibility of the student, not the Department, to identify internship opportunities.


Students with a 3.5 GPA in a major offered by the department and an overall 2.8 GPA at the beginning of their upper senior semester may apply for departmental honors at that time. Completion of the following and submission of an honors paper are required. Honors papers are written under faculty supervision and must be approved by a second reader as well. GPA levels must be maintained for the award of departmental honors.

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