Degree Specialization in Foundations of Accounting

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Learn business principles and other practical business skills to take the next step in your professional accounting career.

If you’re looking to gain background and experience in the growing field of accounting, consider pairing your bachelor’s degree with a specialization in the foundations of accounting, or getting started in the field with your certificate of completion.

In this program, you will learn the framework of accounting — from basic techniques to more advanced financial management, tax, and auditing skills — in order to work in an accounting department, or the financial and accounting area of a department.

COURSES IN THIS SPECIALIZATION

This program consists of five lower-division online accounting courses for a total of 15 credit hours.

  • ACT300 Principles of Accounting I
    This course provides students with a fundamental introduction to the theory, concepts, terminology, and principles of accounting relevant to all business specialties. Primary emphasis is on the financial accounting system for corporations and the procedures for recording, summarizing, and reporting results of business activities. In addition this course provides an understanding of the financial statements by which a business communicates its financial position and the financial results of its operations. Successful students will master problem-solving processes involving an understanding of financial data in contexts of transaction analysis, financial statement analysis, and strategic and operational management. This course is considered prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT305 Managerial Accounting
    This course provides a thorough understanding of basic accounting principles for managerial purposes. Topics covered include managerial uses of accounting information, including product costing, decision making, differential accounting and responsibility accounting. This is a basic course that aids in building a foundation for financial analysis and decision-making. This course is considered prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an "S" suffix.)
  • ACT350 Intermediate Accounting I
    This course provides a comprehensive study of accounting principles and financial statements using automation, business intelligence, data analytics, and other digital technologies in performing measurement and valuation related to the assets and current liabilities on the balance sheet. Students will develop an understanding of the intersection of artificial business intelligence with financial reporting and the codification of accounting standards. Students will use automation in financial statement analysis through the interpretation of data and financial statement disclosures. Students will analyze real-world situations through case studies, research accounting and automation concepts, and apply IFRS standards to GAAP standards. Students will present an assessment of the effect each standard may have on a situation, communicate findings, and facilitate workplace solutions in a team-based environment. Recommended Prior Course: ACT325 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT405 Federal Individual Taxation
    This course covers the federal income tax laws, regulations and tax policy for individual taxpayers. Primary emphasis is on the individual components of personal and business income and the allowable deductions. The taxation of gains and losses on property and capital-asset transactions will be presented. Student will be introduced to the common body of tax laws (CBOTL) and will learn the significance of the CBOTL in tax practice today. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350. This course is considered prerequisite and may be waived through transfer of equivalent lower-division coursework or demonstrated workplace knowledge. (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)
  • ACT450 Auditing
    This course offers a study of systematic process of external financial statements and management assertion verification and reporting. Students will examine internal and external auditing processes through the application of artificial intelligence (AI). Students will develop an understanding of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), IFRS implications, internal controls, risk assessments, and professional ethics and legal liability. Based on current trends in the auditing profession, students will use software programs used extensively in the auditing profession to analyze data. Students will complete a simulation involving an independent audit of a company to include statistical sampling involving current AI technology. Recommended Prior Course: ACT350 (This course is also offered through SSA. Credits earned using this option will appear on transcripts with an “S” suffix.)

* Business Management majors will take ACT360 and must have been initially enrolled after Fall 2012 to be eligible for this specialization.

CORRESPONDING BACHELOR'S DEGREE PROGRAMS

A specialization in Foundations of Accounting pairs well with the following:

Why You Should Consider an Undergraduate Specialization

When you earn your bachelor’s degree through CSU-Global, you can customize your degree to meet your professional goals and personal interests. With just five additional, lower-division courses, you can earn a specialization along with your bachelor’s degree. Similar to a minor, or degree concentration, an undergraduate specialization lets you explore a second area of interest. Provide proof that you’re dedicated and invested in the career you want with additional skills in the field.

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