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Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 
Undergraduate Catalog 2010-2011 [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 ECO 490 (Accounting and 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 ECO 27100 .


The Department of Economics offers two majors: the BA in economics, requiring a minimum of 24 credits and the BS in accounting, requiring a minimum of 30 credits of accounting and an additional 33 credits of professional studies. Details are outlined below.

Grade Options

The department strongly urges economics majors who plan to go on to graduate or professional school to choose letter grades rather than CR/NC. Students enrolled in the BS (accounting) curriculum may not use CR/NC grades for the 30 accounting credits in the accounting major.

Progression in the Major Students who have not completed the prerequisite(s) with a grade of C, CR, or better will not be allowed to register for the course for which the prerequisite(s) are required. The following are 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.

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 social 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.

For interested students, the department offers concentrations in public policy and in commercial and financial enterprises. The concentration in public policy prepares students for analytical and managerial careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as providing a firm foundation for graduate or professional studies. The concentration in commercial and financial enterprises provides a general background in the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful business career. Information is available in the Economics Department .

General Education Requirement

Students working for a BS (accounting) degree must complete the General Education Requirement (see General Education Requirement section) except that:

  1. The Stage 1, Group B Quantitative Reasoning Requirement must be met by MATH 15000 . This should be done within the first 75 credits of college work. 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.
  2. The foreign language requirement is modified, so that:

    1. Students who present three or more years of one foreign language are excused from taking additional foreign language courses;
    2. Students who present two years of one foreign language must take two additional courses of advanced-level work in the same language or, if they do not want to go on with that language in college, they must take four courses in another foreign language at the college level;
    3. Students who present fewer than two years of one foreign language must take four courses in that or any other foreign language at the college level. (Students must file with the Department of Economics a high school transcript or other evidence of completion of the requisite number of years.)
  3. In Stage 2, Group B, 3 of the 6 required credits must be in ECO 20100 . (ECO 200, which must be taken as part of the professional studies requirement, cannot be used to fulfill the Stage 2, Group B requirement for accounting majors.)
  4. Electives. Any remaining credits needed to complete the 120 credits required for the BS (accounting) degree must be in liberal arts electives.

Professional Studies (64 cr)

Additional Information

An overall average of at least “C” must be maintained in these 30 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

An Accounting minor is available to students who are not majoring in Economics. For details and requirements, see the undergraduate adviser.

MS in Accounting

The Department of Economics offers a Masters (MS) program in accounting for students who have earned a BS in accounting (or its equivalent). Students in the MS program must earn 30 credits at the graduate level. For details and admission requirements, see the Hunter College Graduate Catalog.

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