Accounting Major Curriculum

Faculty members in the Robert P. Stiller School of Business have worked with employers and internship sites to determine the exact skills, knowledge, and characteristics they are seeking in job candidates. 

Employers specifically look to hire Champlain College graduates as they have become known for their demonstrated expertise in accounting, strong critical thinking and communication skills, and the ability to strategize and lead across the whole business enterprise or organization.

To ensure our students graduate prepared to make valuable contributions to the workforce, students share a core business curriculum that includes:

At Champlain, we keep our Accounting curriculum up-to-date by modifying and adding courses based on accounting changes and industry trends. While keeping current with changing technologies and industries, we maintain a program of study that encourages a study-abroad semester in the third year.

Accounting Curriculum 2020–2021


First Year

First Semester

Accounting for Decision Making
(ACC 135)

Business & the Entrepreneurial Mindset
(BUS 110)

Introduction to Statistics
(MTH 180)

Navigating Higher Education in a Global Context
(COR 101)

FYI: Reading, Writing, & ____
(COR 102)

Second Semester

Financial Accounting
(ACC 145)

Financial Management I
(FIN 240)

Marketing & the Organizational Mindset
(BUS 120)

Navigating Your Information Landscape
(COR 103)

FYI: Making, Doing, & ____
(COR 104)


Second Year

First Semester

Intermediate Accounting I
(ACC 230)

Federal Taxes I
(ACC 310)

Business Law I
(BLW 140)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Second Semester

Intermediate Accounting II
(ACC 231)

Corporate Social Responsibility
(BUS 210)

Federal Taxes II
(ACC 311)

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance
(ACC 370)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Choose a 200-level COR course
(COR 2XX)

Talk to your advisor and/or the Office of International Education about possible curriculum adjustments in order to create a semester abroad in your 3rd year.


Third Year

In the third year, students must take COR 310, COR 320, and two COR 330 courses. COR 310 and COR 320 must be taken together, and the two COR 330 courses must be taken together. Either pair may be taken in either semester.

First Semester

International Business & Macroeconomics
(BUS 310)

Natural science w/ lab
(SCI XXX)

General elective

The Global Condition
(COR 310)

Human Rights & Responsibilities
(COR 320)

Second Semester (Recommended Study Abroad Semester)

Accounting Internship
(ACC 390)

Accounting Information Systems
(ACC 350)

Quantitative elective

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)

Choose a Local Contexts, Global Connections course
(COR 330)


Fourth Year

First Semester

Cost Accounting
(ACC 345)

Advanced Accounting
(ACC 400)

Managerial Economics
(ECN 255)

General elective

General elective

Second Semester

College Capstone
(CCC 410)

Auditing
(ACC 420)

General elective

General elective