Learning Goals and Objective for Accounting Majors

Learning Goal 1: Knowledge Acquisition
Graduates shall be competent in the functional areas of accounting.

  1. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of accounting elements, journal entries, cost characteristics, and financial statements.
  2. Graduates will demonstrate knowledge of the accounting equation and basic accrual accounting adjustments.

Learning Goal 2:  Professional Skills

Graduates shall be responsible accounting professionals.

  1. Graduates shall recognize and respond appropriately to ethical, regulatory, and professional issues in accounting.

Learning Goal 3:  Research Skills
Graduates shall be competent accounting researchers.

  1. Graduates will utilize authoritative databases to solve accounting problems.

Goal 4:  Technology Skills
Graduates shall be proficient with professional information technology.

  1. Graduates will effectively utilize technology applications in the accounting profession.

Examples of Outcome Assessments

  1. Embedded test items;
  2. A common rating instrument to evaluate written and oral communication skills (including use of presentation software);
  3. Case studies to evaluate critical thinking and problem-solving skills;
  4. Application-based testing of spreadsheets, accounting databases, research skills, and accounting general ledger software.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in Accounting

Core Curriculum60
Core IMPACTS (See VSU Core Curriculum) 142
Field of Study Requirements 218
Applied Business Statistics
The Environment of Business
Information Systems and Data Transformation in Business
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Accounting I
and Principles of Accounting II
Senior College Curriculum 60
Required Senior College Core 2
BUSA 3450Management Information Systems3
DATA 3100Introduction to Data Analytics3
DATA 3200Data Visualizations and Analytics3
FIN 3350Financial Management3
MGNT 3250Management and Organization Behavior3
MKTG 3050Introduction to Marketing3
Strategic Management Option: Select one of the following:3
Strategic Management
Strategic Management of MNEs
Strategic Management of an Enterprise
International Option: Select one of the following:3
International Economics
Multinational Corporate Finance
Introduction to International Business
International Management
International Marketing
Professional Growth
BUSA 2999Career Development0
BUSA 3999Experiential Learning0
BUSA 4999Career Path0
Required Accounting Core 2
ACCT 3000Data Analytics in Accounting3
ACCT 3201Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 3202Intermediate Accounting II3
ACCT 3400Cost Accounting3
ACCT 4410Accounting Information Systems3
ACCT 4500Individual Income Tax3
ACCT 4800Auditing3
ACCT 2999Accounting Career Development0
Accounting Electives 26
Select two of the following:
Introduction to Fraud Examination
Forensic Accounting
Internal Auditing
Accounting Internship
Business Electives 26
Any two 3000- or 4000-level business courses not taken above
General Elective 33
Elective may be business or non-business courses
Total hours required for the degree120

 If ECON 2105 is taken in Area E, the grade must be a "C" or better.


The grade in each of these courses must be a “C” or better with the exception of ACCT 2999, which will be assigned a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory.


 If PERS 2799 Personal Finance is not taken in Area B, it must be taken as a general elective.
If ECON 2105 is not taken in Area E, it must be taken as a general elective, and the grade must be a "C" or better.

Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track

Contingent upon acceptance in to the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track, students wishing to pursue a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) or a Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) at Valdosta State University may take up to 9 semester hours of graduate-level coursework (courses numbered 5000 or above) that will count toward Business electives for their major or toward general electives for the undergraduate degree.

Acceptance in to the Accelerated track requires:

1.  written notification by an LCOBA professional advisor from the Student Engagement Center to the LCOBA Director of Graduate Programs of her/his willingness to serve as the student's Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track advisor.

2.  completion of 75 credit hours of undergraduate coursework: 

a.  at least 15 hours must be LCOBA courses, with at least a 3.0 GPA for those LCOBA credits; and

b.  a grade of “C” or better must be earned in each of those LCOBA courses.

3.  an overall GPA in undergraduate course work of at least 3.0.

Graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will count toward the 120-hour graduation requirement but will not count toward the student’s undergraduate GPA or the calculation of academic honors.

Upon acceptance into the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track in the M.B.A. or M.Acc., students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 to remain in good standing. Students who do not maintain good standing or who do not wish to continue with the Accelerated Undergraduate-to-Graduate Track may revert to their original track to complete the remaining requirements for their undergraduate business degree (B.B.A.).