Accounting is more than just keeping the books. It’s the language of business.

Speaking this language—using numbers to understand a company’s current situation and predict its future—gives you a competitive advantage in all sorts of careers. That’s why the chief financial officers of major corporations typically have accounting backgrounds. And the demand for accountants is growing.


AACSB Accredited logoThe Barney Barnett School of Business and Free Enterprise at Florida Southern College has taken its place among the most respected university business schools in the world by earning accreditation from AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.

Top Reasons to Choose FSC For Accounting

  • Accreditation by AACSB is a mark of excellence in business education, earned by less than 5 percent of the world’s business programs.
  • The FSC accounting program is tailored to the individual. There are small classes with personal attention and engaged learning techniques that enhance student learning. Florida Southern College is one of the few schools in the state with a CPA Review program, and offers a discounted price to recent graduates.
  • Relationships with professors extend beyond the classroom and beyond graduation. We continue to provide graduates with professional and career guidance.
  • All full-time accounting professors hold multiple professional certifications and draw on extensive experience in industry, government, and non-profit organizations.
  • You’ll gain exposure to all areas of accounting—financial, tax, cost/managerial, auditing, information systems, and forensics.

Our program will teach you to evaluate financial records and identify the factors that drive an organization and its profits. At the same time, you’ll gain experience in the broader business environment and learn firsthand how accounting principles and procedures impact it.

Engaged Learning in the Classroom

  • Get hands-on experience preparing individual tax returns. At the end of your course on income tax, you’ll be a certified VITA volunteer.
  • Study cost accounting by performing business simulations in which your team makes financial, marketing, and financing decisions to turn around a struggling manufacturer.
  • Gain experience using ACL auditing programs, which allows you to run audit simulations and master the software used extensively in the profession.

Course Information

By majoring in accounting at FSC, you’ll take courses that cover every aspect of the profession as well as general business courses that broaden your perspective. You’ll study:

  • Financial accounting
  • Cost accounting
  • Income Tax
  • Auditing
  • Accounting information systems

Get complete descriptions of all our Accounting courses  


Our students have interned with a number of employers, such as:

  • Florida State Attorney’s Office
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers (including an internship in Saudi Arabia)
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • NASA
  • Area CPA firms and businesses
  • KPMG Peat Marwick

Allen and Company FSC’s extensive internship program is designed to maximize your learning and give you the experience you need to launch your career.

Special Features

Our faculty are CPA’s with significant practical experience, including active tax practices, former experience with major accounting firms, and fraud investigation.

Network with professionals at meetings of the Florida Institute of CPAs, the Institute of Management Accountants, and the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

Comprehensive course offerings include forensic accounting as well as courses in tax, cost accounting, and auditing.

Our accounting program prepares a student to complete the 150-hour academic requirement to become a CPA, and includes a CPA Review Course to help you prepare for the exam.


CPA Licensure

Completion of the B.S. (bachelor’s degree) in Accounting and the MAcc (Master of Accountancy degree) will prepare the student for CPA licensure, including 150 hours of academic credit.*

* Please note: A student who desires to be licensed as a CPA in the State of Florida will also need to pass the CPA Exam and to complete one year of supervised experience.



Several scholarships are available specifically for qualified accounting majors at FSC. These include:

  • FICPA Educational Foundation Scholarship
  • Polk County Chapter FICPA Scholarship
  • Scott Duda Memorial Scholarship
  • Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Tampa Bay Chapter Scholarship


Program Requirements

In keeping with FSC’s mission of educational excellence and engaged learning, you will benefit from general education courses and elective courses along with your accounting coursework.

Accounting Major Requirements

Major Requirements

A. General Education Requirements 40 hours
B. Major Requirements 64 hours
ACC 2111 Foundations of Financial Accounting
ACC 2112 Foundations of Managerial Accounting
ACC 3111 Financial Accounting I
ACC 3112 Financial Accounting II
ACC 3211 Cost Accounting
ACC 4411 Federal Taxation
ACC 4511 Auditing
BUS 1115 Business and Society
BUS 2217 Principles of Management
BUS 3160 Marketing Principles
BUS 3311 Legal Environment of Business
BUS 3320 Applied Statistics of Business and Economics
BUS 3453 Managerial Finance
BUS 4999 Seminar in Strategic Management of the Business Enterprise
ECO 2205 Principles of Microeconomics
ECO 2207 Principles of Macroeconomics
C. Bachelor of Science Degree Requirements 12 hours
D. Electives 8 hours
E. Total 124 hours

For a complete listing of requirements, please refer to the
Academic Catalog  

Minor in Accounting

18 hours, including ACC 2111, ACC 2112, ACC 3111, ACC 3211 and any other accounting course(s) to complete the required number of hours


Course Descriptions

Four hours. To understand accounting for corporations. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2111. Managerial accounting and analysis. Gen Ed: Qn

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2112. A detailed study in the conceptual framework of accounting, the development of generally accepted accounting principles, the preparation of financial statements, the determination of income, and the procedures related to accounting for assets and liabilities.

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 3111. Required in the Accounting major. A detailed study of the procedures related to accounting for stockholders’ equity, earnings per share, pensions, leases, income recognition, preparation of the statement of cash flows, accounting for income taxes, and accounting for consolidations.

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2112, computer competency. A study of cost accounting for manufacturing and non-manufacturing entities, covering cost terminology and concepts. Cost accounting systems including activity-based costing and differential costs for decision-making purposes are studied.

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2112 or permission of the faculty. A study of concepts of federal income taxation for individuals. Includes an introduction to the procedures for tax research.

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 3112 or permission of the instructor. Required in the Accounting major. An examination of all aspects of auditing, including auditing standards, accepting and planning the audit, evaluating internal controls, verifying account balances and financial statement assertions, reporting on audited financial statements, and the legal liabilities and ethical responsibilities of auditors.

Four hours. Prerequisite: ACC 2112. A detailed study of the standards and procedures related to accounting for international organizations, including the differences and similarities in reporting amongst countries, particular issues of analyzing foreign financial statements, and the current issues in the development of international auditing standards and reporting standards.

Two to four hours. Prerequisites: Senior standing, permission of the instructor, minimum 2.5 grade point average. Correlating theory and accounting practices in two operational settings; supervision by cooperating practitioners and faculty in several areas of application.