2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Accounting, Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations Concentration, B.S.

Department Chairperson - Dr. Cathleen Golden

Accounting Program VideoThe Accounting program at Mount Aloysius College is designed to provide students with a firm foundation of theory coupled with hands-on experience. The program is built upon the philosophy that the liberal arts provide the appropriate foundation for exploration of business studies; that classroom theory must be integrated with professional activity; that technology ought to be integrated with various concepts and skills throughout the curriculum; and that integration of varied concepts - being a reality of successful professional life - should be prominent in the program.

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Accounting will:

  1. emphasize decision-making from an organizational perspective, integrating the traditional academic areas of accounting, finance, management, and marketing;
  2. integrate business theory with business practice, bridging the gap between the classroom and the work place;
  3. develop analytical and interpersonal skills necessary for problem solving;
  4. learn how to manage business information, blending technological expertise with written and oral communication skills;
  5. develop the technical skills necessary to begin a career in professional accountancy;
  6. appreciate the impact of the liberal arts on social activity and business enterprise; and
  7. become academically prepared for graduate and further study.

Entrance Requirement

Students who have been accepted for admission into the College are eligible to matriculate into any degree program sponsored by the Business and Information Technology Department. Accounting students will benefit from having a good math background including high school algebra and other advanced math classes.

The dual Bachelor of Science/Masters of Business Administration (4+1) program is an option for especially well qualified students. This special program makes it possible to earn both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees in less time than normally would be required to complete both. This option is available for students in both the undergraduate Accounting and Business Administration programs. Interested students should contact their undergraduate department chair or academic advisor no later than the sophomore year for information. Typically, students take one graduate level MBA course during the fall and spring of their senior year. Students then have their Bachelor of Science degrees conferred upon completion of all undergraduate degree requirements. Students seamlessly matriculate into the graduate degree the following semester. Upon completion of 30 additional MBA credits, students will have their Master of Business Administration degree conferred.

International Exposure Requirement

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree and majoring in either Accounting or Business Administration are required to have at least three credits in coursework oriented toward providing the student with an international perspective on business, politics, or social and cultural systems. Coursework taken to fulfill this requirement may simultaneously fulfill one other requirement for the College or in the Degree (e.g., PLSC 240  fulfills the International Exposure requirement while-at the same time fulfilling a History/Political Science component of the College’s Core Requirements).

A concentration is a selection or prescribed set of courses associated with a major designed to focus the student’s course of study according to interest and/or career goals. A concentration is not a required component of all majors. A concentration must be formally declared for it to appear on the transcript of record.

Core Course Requirements


Upper-Division Literature

  • ENGL 300/400 3 Credits


  • ART, ENGL, MUSC, THEA 3 Credits

History/Political Science

  • HIST or PLSC 3 Credits



Religious Studies/Philosophy

  • RLST 3 Credits or PHIL 3 Credits
  • RLST 300/400 3 Credits

Social Science

Cultural Diversity

  • Cultural Diversity: 3 Credits

Integrated Discipline Capping

Total Credits in Core: 45 Credits

Forensic Accounting in Criminal Investigations Concentration

Accounting majors pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree may take advantage of a unique and cutting-edge opportunity through a joint curriculum with the Criminology program. This option is available to accounting majors who wish to pursue a wide range of fast-growing careers including work with the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, FBI, corporate auditing departments, and various law enforcement agencies which deal with financial investigations, white collar crime and forensic accounting.

This program was designed with input from the IRS Criminal Investigations unit. Students who choose this option should work closely with their advisors to ensure all college and major requirements are satisfied. Students choosing this concentration must declare their intentions to the Registrar and to the Business and Information Technology Department Chairperson. Each of the following courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Total Credits for Free Electives: 3 Credits

Total Credits for Degree with Specialization: 120 Credits