Concentration Overview

        Spring Hill College offers an accounting concentration and a minor in accounting.  The accounting concentration is designed for students interested in a solid accounting background who do not wish to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or who desire to take additional courses at other institutions to fulfill educational requirements of becoming a CPA.  Students pursuing the non-CPA path might consider careers in corporate accounting departments, taxation, banking, or many other areas. The program gives the student a firm background that includes mathematical and statistical analysis essential to understanding the technological developments in modern management. The specialized instruction, together with that provided by the liberal arts courses included in the program, is intended to give the student a foundation suitable for leadership positions in industry, commerce, or institutional management.                                                                                                                                  

         In most states, however, the accounting concentration will not give the student the proper hours to qualify for the CPA designation.  Under guidelines of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), most states, including Alabama, require students to complete 150 semester-hours of specific courses to pursue CPA status.  Under the accounting concentration, students desiring to become CPAs will need to return to school to complete the AICPA 150 hour requirement.  However, according to Alabama CPA testing guidelines, Alabama students studying accounting at accredited programs around the state, having fulfilled specific course requirements, can apply to sit for the CPA Exam with 120 semester-hours.  Yet, completion of the 150 hours and satisfaction of the experience requirement must be met (in addition to passing the CPA Exam) before a CPA license can be granted.

Courses Required

Core Classes

  • LEAP
  • ENG 121 or ENG 190
  • ENG 123 or ENG 290
  • ENG 200-299 or WRI 276
  • 2 Foreign Language Classes
  • HIS 120
  • POL 151 or POL 161
  • PHL 101 or PHL 190
  • PHL 313
  • THL 101 or THL 190
  • THL 200-399
  • CIS 115
  • Fine Art
  • MTH 111+
  • Science
  • ECO 101 or ECO 102
  • 4 Electives

Business Division Requirements

  • ECO 101
  • ECO 102
  • ACC 201
  • ACC 202
  • BUS 220
  • BUS 263
  • BUS 264
  • CIS 115
  • MTH 140 or MTH 121
  • BUS 301
  • MKT 311
  • MGT 301
  • CIS 381 or ACC 381
  • PHL 313
  • BUS 320
  • FIN 301
  • BUS 499

Concentration Requirements

  • ACC 301
  • ACC 302
  • ACC 331
  • ACC 351
  • ACC 401
  • ACC 481
  • + Free elective(s), minimum of 4 hours.

Student Perspective

“The faculty at Spring Hill College is great. I don’t think I would have gotten as far as I have without them. Getting to know my instructors personally, and having some of the same professors  for four years, has helped a lot. I love that I can go to them at anytime for advice or to get a question answered.” -Caroline Hill ‘13 Baton Rouge, LA

Faculty Insight

“It is indeed a rewarding experience to observe the accounting students develop academically and socially during their years at SHC.  In addition, a sense of real accomplishment is reflected in their success stories in accounting and life after SHC. The best part is thinking you had a little to do with their contributions to society.” -Dr. Andrew Sharp Professor of Accounting