Whether you dream to direct the finances of a business, guide tax planning, audit the operations of government, or dissect a trail of numbers as a forensic expert, SAU has a program that will prepare you to get to the bottom line.

Our graduates work at: Caterpillar, Deere & Company, DeLoitte, The National Bank and Principal Financial Group.

Ambrose Advantages

  • Experience the Business World
  • Learn the Language of Business
  • Gain Skills Employers Appreciate

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Small class sizes, expert faculty with real-world experience, and abundant internship and networking opportunities will give you an edge in the business world.

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More Information on the Accounting Program

What will I learn?

As an accounting major, you will learn U.S. and international accounting standards and be able to plan, coordinate, and control the financial activities of businesses at a bottom-line level.

Internships in your junior or senior year will place you directly in the business world, where you apply what you've learned.

What are some possible job outcomes?

You have abundant choices. Accountants can specialize in public accounting, conducting audits and tax planning for CPA firms. You can work for corporations such as Deere & Company doing cost, financial or international accounting or internal auditing. Others choose governmental accounting positions at the federal, state or city level, taking on roles with the FBI, IRS, or as a bank examiner.

Some accountants use their expertise in nonprofit agencies such as United Way or Red Cross. Other career options include working as a tax specialist, forensic accountant, controller, chief financial officer, financial planner, and international accountant.

Our Career Center is responsible for preparing our students for life after college, and that includes lots of job prep such as creating a résumé, writing a cover letter, learning how to have a successful interview, and more.

If it's graduate school you're aiming for, preparing an application and interview are also part of their services.

What have alumni of this program done?
  • After earning his undergraduate accounting degree in 2008, John Hammar stayed at SAU for a master's degree in accounting in 2009. He is now an audit manager at Deloitte in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
  • Katie Zorn '15 was a rare triple-major in Accounting, International Business, and Theology. She works as a Cost Accountant for HNI in Cedartown, Georgia.

Our accounting majors are eligible for several special scholarships and financial aid.

There are also internships and work study opportunities available for students through the Career Center. Keep in mind that 98% of First Year students receive financial aid from St. Ambrose.

Applications will be available in Spring 2018!

Deere & Company Accounting Scholarship
Derrek Drexler Accounting Scholarship
Edward R. Frick Accounting Scholarship
Shapley Accounting Scholarship
Till Scholarship
Van de Voorde Accounting Scholarship
Wahl Accounting Scholarship

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Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting (29 credits)

ACCT 201 Financial Accounting
ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting
ACCT 300W Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 301 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting III
ACCT 305 Income Tax Procedures I
ACCT 307 Cost Accounting
ACCT 312 Accounting Information Systems
ACCT 415 Auditing

Accounting Electives (6 credits):
ACCT 306 Income Tax Procedures II
ACCT 314 Internal Auditing
ACCT 402 Accounting Seminar
ACCT 410 Advanced Accounting
ACCT 414 Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation

Electives (at least 3 credits):
ECON 307 Money and Banking
ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
ECON 313 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
FNCE 301 Financial Valuation in the Corporation

Business Core electives (12 credits):
BUS 201 Legal Environment in Business
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 202 Principles of Microeconomics
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance
MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 210 Principles of Management
MGMT 449 Strategic Management and Policy
INTL 400 International Experiential Portfolio
STBE 137 Quantitative Reasoning in Business
STBE 237 Statistics for Business and Economics
PHIL 305 Business Ethi

Plan to Graduate

This is the suggested 4-year plan of study to graduate in four years with a degree in Accounting. This plan assumes the student has not taken three years of foreign language in high school.

Year One

Fall CoursesCreditSpring CoursesCredit
ENGL 101 Composition 3 COMM 129 or 132 3
PHIL/THEO 100-200 Level 3 PHIL/THEO 100-200 Level 3
ACCT 201 Financial Accounting 3 MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing 3

STBE 137 Pre Stats Business
(Co-Req for ACCT 201)


ACCT 202 Managerial Accounting 
(ACCT 201 prereq)

Foreign Language 101 3 Foreign Language 102 3
IL 101 Information Literacy 1 Gen Ed 1
Total 16 Total 16

Year Two

Fall CoursesCreditPre-ReqsSpring CoursesCredit
WI-ACCT 300 Intermediate I 3 ACCT 201 ACCT 301 Intermediate II 3
ACCT 307 Cost Accounting 3 ACCT 201, 202

ACCT 312 Acct
Information Systems

ECON 201 or 202 3 ECON 201 or 202 3
Natural Science 3 MKTG 209 Principles of Marketing

BUS 201 Business Law 3 MGMT 210 Principles of Management 3
KIN 1-2
Total 16-17 Total 15

Year Three

Fall CoursesCreditSpring CoursesCredit
ACCT 302 Intermediate Accounting III 3 ACCT Internship or Study Abroad 3
ACCT 305 Income Tax I 3 Humanities 3
STBE 237 Stats for Business and Economics 3 Elective 3
FNCE 300 Principles of Finance 3 Business Core Class 3
PHIL/THEO 3 Creative Arts 2
INTL 400 Experiential Portfolio  1
Total 16 Total 14

Year Four

Accounting Electives 6 MGMT 449 Strategic Mgmt & Policy 3
Electives 6 ACCT 415 Auditing 3
PHIL 305 Business Ethics 3 Electives 9
Total 15 Total 15

Accounting Electives: ACCT 306, ACCT 314, ACCT: 402, ACCT 410
Read Course Descriptions in the Online Course Catalog

Accounting Minor

18 credit hours in ACCT courses, excluding ACCT 101


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Allison Ambrose, PhD, Program Chair

Accounting Department
Ambrose Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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