Learn to make financially sound decisions. Accountants perform essential roles in society by compiling and verifying financial results for both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Accounting is also one of the fastest-growing fields in the U.S.
Greenville University's accounting program is uniquely designed to train future accounts and business leaders by equipping students with skills and expertise that will set them apart in the business world. As such, we aim to provide students with advanced knowledge and training in accountancy, believing that ideas have the ability to transform students' lives for work and prosperity in their communities. As a strengths-based program, Greenville celebrates the God-given characteristics that makes students unique, and we empower our pupils to use and develop their interests and talents.
Graduates who choose to pursue the CPA certification have an impressive pass rate.
A career in demand
Opportunities in accounting, advisory services, and finance continue to grow. GU graduates have found success in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors as accountants, advisors, auditors, consultants, entrepreneurs, and finance professionals. Develop the specialized skills you need to succeed in business by choosing GU.
Gain real world experience as you spend 80 hours preparing income taxes with the Volunteer Tax Assistance (VITA) program.
Christ-centered. Learn how to integrate your faith into your future accounting career.
Deepen your education. We’re a liberal arts school. That means you get a holistic education that introduces you to many subjects and ideas, helping you grow your interests and skills.
Personalized attention. Experience personal growth and plan your career under the guidance of faculty who know your name and cheer your success. GU’s low 11:1 student/faculty ratio and community atmosphere allow professors to invest in their students, and know your strengths and abilities in the field of social work.
I believe the Briner School of Business Accounting Program equipped me with knowledge and abilities not found in a textbook. Their unique approach to educating Christ-like businessmen and women granted me the fortitude to conquer the CPA exam and pursue a care in public accounting with PwC. Attending Greenville University was the best decision of my life!
To meet the requirement for the accounting Bachelor of Science degree each student must complete 66 credits.
Accounting, BS Courses
Nature and purpose of accounting; basic accounting concepts and procedures, double entry bookkeeping, methods of processing, summarizing and classifying financial data; balance sheets and income statements. (Offered every semester.)
Intermediate level course with emphasis on how accounting information can be interpreted and used as a tool of management in planning and controlling business activities of the firm.
Prerequisite: ACCT101. (Offered spring semester)
Cost accounting fundamentals and cost accounting systems for management control will be covered. Emphasis will be on decision making for planning and control, and product costing for inventory valuation and income determination.
Prerequisite: ACCT201. (Offered fall semester of even calendar years.)
Reviews accounting theory and the application of that theory to the preparation of accounting statements. Examines the four primary financial statements-income statement, balance sheet, statement of cash flows, and statement of retained earnings. Prerequisite: ACCT101. (Offered fall semester of odd calendar years.)
A continuation of the study of financial information for the purpose of preparing financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. This course deals with accounting issues related to the proper accounting treatments of balance sheet assets and liabilities.
Prerequisite: ACCT314. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
Study of federal personal and corporate income tax, state income tax issues, U.S. tax structure, and the application of tax laws to specific situations. Students will gain knowledge of individual tax laws, forms, and tables.
A study of the standards and procedures used in examining financial statements and supporting records. Emphasis on the evaluation of internal control. Also covered are the auditor's responsibilities to clients and third parties, and the ethical framework in which he/she operates.
Prerequisite: ACCT201. (Offered spring semester of odd calendar years.)
This course will provide the student with substantial experience in preparing federal tax returns. The number of credits for this course is variable; however, for each credit, the student is expected to spend 40 hours preparing income tax forms for others. This will be done primarily during evenings and weekends. Tax forms may be prepared through the Greenville College Tax Assistance Program (GC-TAP), the St. Louis Tax Assistance Program (St. Louis-TAP), or the Bond County Senior Citizens Center. Because of the relatively limited number of people in Bond County who will utilize this service, the student must expect to spend some Saturdays in St. Louis preparing tax returns.
Prerequisite: ACCT317. (Offered spring semester.)
Data Analytics explores how accounting data and other metrics can be linked to financial performance. In this course, students will determine what drives financial performance, and learn to make accurate predictions, and deploy data to deliver insight into the accounting process, as well as other areas of business, such as corporate strategy and risk management. After completion of Data Analytics, students will be able to make competent business decisions concerning the efficacy of accounting processes and procedures, and apply what theyve learned to create value for business organizations in an increasingly data driven and technological world. Cross listed with BUSN 340.
Prerequisite: ACCT 101. (Offered spring semester of even calendar years.)
ACCT405 Practicum (3 Credits)
What makes some for-profit businesses and not-for-profit organizations excel while other fail to thrive? Often its due to the quality of management within the organization. Management of people is a distinct skill set that is critically important and these skills can be studied, understood, and practiced. In this course, students will learn the elements of business management, the theory behind them and practical tools with which to apply them. Key topics such as communication, leadership, teamwork, conflict management, change and more will be covered. No matter where a person works or volunteers, they will be able to contribute to the success of any organization when they have a clear understanding of management theory and techniques. Meets the general education social science or business management requirement. (Offered every semester.)
A study of contracts, torts, agency, bailments, and property with emphasis on the social forces that have and will affect our legal rights and duties. (Offered spring semester.)
This course is about applying analytical theory of business decision making to provide products and service design, capacity planning, process and location selection, inventory and supply management, quality assurance and scheduling. These real-world management tools will heighten the comprehension of business applications and provide a competitive edge in school and beyond.
Prerequisite: BUSN101, ECON102, and MATH 105, MATH 106, MATH 111, MATH 113, MATH 115, or PSYC 202.
Offered: Fall semester.
This course examines how national and local managers explain the development of their careers with a particular emphasis on leadership development, ethics, and the integration of faith in their management practice. These, together with the course material and group projects, help students develop appropriate career skills. In addition to the weekly speaker summaries, students write a business case study, make microfinance loans to overseas entrepreneurs, and develop individual career plans, resumes, and job search skills.
Prerequisite: BUSN 101 and ENTR 130.
Throughout this course cases will be read, discussed, and critiqued. Critical thinking skills will be necessary to successfully and comprehensively address the strategic issues depicted in the cases. Companies will be researched and potential actions will be put forth for consideration in this writing intensive course. In addition to the case and text assignments, students will be asked to create a case addressing a current issue that an entity is facing. Meets the general education upper division writing intensive requirement.
This course delivers economics from individually focused, microeconomics to the infrastructure focused, macroeconomics. This semester will provide a foundation for both business and non-business majors. Meets the general education social science or business management requirement. Offered: Fall semester.
This course is structured to be a more detailed, deeper coverage of both micro- and macroeconomics. This semester builds upon the broad, fast-moving introduction to the micro- and macroeconomics course. This course covers applied economics, or the rest of the economics story for business majors. At the completion of the course, students will have had comprehensive instruction and application of micro, macro, US, and global economics.
Prerequisite: ECON 102 and PSYC/SCWK 202. Offered every semester.
This introductory course examines business from an entrepreneurial perspective. It will provide students with an introduction to the potential and pitfalls of entrepreneurship and its impact on the economic development within a community. Throughout the course, students will examine the various methods for starting up, managing and financing a new business enterprise. This process will culminate in the development of a viable business plan. The overarching goal of this course is to familiarize the student with business terminology in order to introduce him or her to the business program at Greenville University. Meets the general education social science or business management requirement. Offered: Every semester.
This course is an experience and project based course designed to encourage hands on innovation. Students will gain insight into the roles and responsibilities of entrepreneurs in organizations both large and small. Students will also engage in a semester long project on campus or with local partners to enhance their understanding of innovation, strategic planning, implementation strategy, research and development, product design, product marketing, and market research.
Prerequisites: ACCT 101, BUSN 101, BUSN 222, ECON 102, ENTR 130, and MRKT 201. Offered: Every semester.
Introduces the student to corporate financial management through the study of financial systems, techniques of financial analysis and working capital decisions, financial forecasting, financing current assets, capital budgeting, the cost of capital and the target capital structure quantity, statistical decision making, and financial techniques. Prereq: ACCT 201 and ECON 202.
Marketing is not just about advertising or social media posts. Its a broad field encompassing all aspects of discovering customer consumer and organizational buyers wants and needs and then meeting them. Setting the mission and strategies, understanding buyer behavior, reaching global markets, researching market options, and making decisions concerning the 4 Ps of marketing product, price, place, promotion are all critical areas to understand. Knowing terms and concepts is not enough, however, so application opportunities are given throughout the course. No matter in what field or in what position a person finds themselves, marketing is a part of it. Offered: Every semester.
Advances in biology have pushed the development of statistical methods and depended on those methods for decades. Biostatistics focuses on three core areas: 1) general statistical concepts; 2) correct use and interpretation of statistical methods commonly used in biological sciences; and 3) basic familiarity with the R statistical software language, which has become an important tool in dealing with many kinds of data, including genetic data. Meets the general education quantitative reasoning requirement.
Prerequisite: MATH106. (Offered spring semester.)
Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, parametric (t-tests and ANOVA) and non-parametric (chi-square) tests of significance. A basic introduction to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software is provided. Cross listed with SCWK 202. Meets the general education quantitative reasoning requirement.
Course content focuses upon basic concepts and operations in descriptive and inferential statistics. The areas of study will include measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, correlation and regression analysis, parametric (t-tests and ANOVA) and non-parametric (chi-square) tests of significance. A basic introduction to Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software is provided. Cross listed with PSYC 202. Meets the general education quantitative reasoning requirement. (Offered every semester.)