College Catalog: 2012-2013

Anisfield School of Business (ASB): Accounting (B.S.)

Four Year Plan

Website: Anisfield School of Business

About the Major

Accounting is of major importance to organizations in today’s business environment. It is used to provide quantitative information, primarily financial in nature, about economic entities that are intended to be useful in making business decisions.

The role of today’s accountant extends well beyond the traditional duties of bookkeeper, encompassing a wide range of financial activities including planning, analysis, and problem solving. Contemporary accounting focuses on the ultimate needs of the users of financial information and provides information to assist these users in making reasoned choices among financial alternatives. Majors in accounting will be exposed to all aspects of the accounting profession, including financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, income taxes and auditing. Courses are also offered in other accounting areas of interest.

The Accounting Program is flexibly designed to meet the needs of students who wish to prepare for the CPA Exam and those who wish to pursue other career paths. Students are prepared for graduate studies in accounting, finance, management, public administration, international business, and law.

Each student is assigned a personal advisor from among the accounting faculty and receives personal attention regarding educational and career guidance. This includes information on corporate job opportunities, CPA certification, on-campus interviews, and an internship program available with large and small accounting firms.

The major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

The Accounting Program provides a foundation which the graduate can use to pursue a number of different career paths These include public accounting (CPA), corporate accounting, and international accounting. An accounting degree also provides a solid foundation for career paths in government, finance, and management.

The full-time Accounting faculty includes seven members, five of whom Certified Public Accountants and four with a Doctorate in Accounting. In addition, the faculty has a broad and varied range of professional accounting and related business experience. This experience enables the faculty to share both the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting with students. All faculty members participate in continuing professional education programs in order to stay proficient in contemporary issues.

Rules of Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Information Systems, and International Business Majors, see About the Anisfield School of Business (ASB).

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers only apply to General Education Requirements NOT School Core or Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement: Three writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: First Year Seminar, Critical Reading and Writing (formerly College English), and READINGS IN THE HUMANITIES.

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

The goal of the minor program in Accounting is to provide Ramapo College students with an option to develop a competency in the field of accounting which will complement their major program of study. Students with a minor in Accounting will be better prepared to work in their major fields because accounting is an integral part of all aspects of business. The importance of financial statements to a finance, marketing, management, economics, international business or information systems major is a primary reason for business students to participate in the program

A minor degree program in Accounting would consist of four (4) upper level accounting courses plus ACCT 221 Principles of Financial Accounting and ACCT 222 Principles of Managerial Accounting, both required courses for all ASB students

The program requirements are the following:


For more information, please contact Professor Constance Crawford, Program Coordinator Accounting, Room ASB-304, (201) 684-7396 or