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Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 
Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [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 (STEM)  Math/Quantitative Reasoning
MATH 15000 (STEM)  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 (0-7 credits)


The Department of Economics offers a major leading to the BS in accounting, requiring a minimum of 34 credits of accounting, 33 credits of other professional studies and an additional 7 credits of Allied required courses. Details are outlined below.

Grade Options

Students enrolled in the BS (accounting) curriculum may not use CR/NC grades for the 34 accounting credits in the accounting major.

Progression in the Major

Students who have not completed the prerequisites with a grade of C, CR or better will not be allowed to register for the course for which the prerequisites are required.  ECO 22100  is required for the major and must be completed with a grade of C, CR or better to be accepted for credit toward fulfillment of the major.

Professional Studies (67 cr)

Accounting (34 cr)

Other Professional Studies (33 cr)

Statistics (3 cr)

  • should be completed within the first 75 credits of college work.
  • note: 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 four courses from the following:

Additional Information

Majors are advised to complete MATH 15000 (STEM) and ECO 22100 within their first 75 credits of college work. For students already at or beyond this point when they become majors, such courses should be taken within the first 12 credits following declaration of the major. The department may waive the major requirement of MATH 15000 and/or ECO 22100 upon satisfactory proof of course equivalency. Courses waived through substitution or examination do not provide course credit nor do they count toward the major.

Total Credits 74

Total major credits required 67

Allied Required Courses 7

(Additional foundational courses 0 - 7 credits, depending on Math placement)

Minor in Accounting

Minor in Accounting  is available. These courses may be used for CPLicensure in New York State, but represent only 15 of the 69 credits required.

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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