Academic Departments and Programs

Business and Accounting

If you're looking to develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to successfully operate in an international, rapidly-changing and technology-driven business world, then studying business or accounting at The College of Idaho is the right place for you. Our students receive individual advising from their professors, and international business studies are integrated into virtually every business course, preparing you leadership in a global business environment.

Why study Business and Accounting at The College of Idaho?

The C of I's business and accounting majors integrate study of the liberal arts and business skills - a combination that will enable you to become a skilled problem-solver, effective communicator and thoughtful, ethical leader, exactly the type of person that organizations are looking for.

In addition to core courses emphasizing organizational leadership, ethics and essential business functions, College of Idaho business majors may choose a concentration with additional courses in finance, marketing or accounting. The C of I's accounting major is designed for students with a particular interest in accounting as a career. Business and accounting students also have opportunities to study and work internationally or participate in internships.

The College of Idaho also offers a business minor and a minor in leadership studies. The business minor offers all C of I students an opportunity to complement their other studies by gaining a fundamental understanding of business management and decision-making. Our leadership studies minor is designed to teach students competencies in communication skills, problem solving, decision-making and team development, a set of skills that effective leaders of any institution must possess. Students in the C of I's leadership studies minor can focus on one of three specialties: business leadership,

Learning outcomes of this major prepare the student in the following areas:

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

Career Opportunities for C of I Business and Accounting Students

Your education in business, accounting or leadership studies at the C of I will prepare you for success wherever you go – whether you choose to work at a corporation, non-profit agency or government agency. A business education also is excellent preparation for anyone interested in starting their own business, whether it's an accounting firm or an art gallery.

Majors

Accounting 150 Hours Major

Accounting 150 Hours major

54 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT-125 or MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

Accounting Courses

ACC-221

Financial Accounting

3

ACC-222

Managerial Accounting

3

ACC-318

Intermediate Accounting I

3

ACC-320

Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACC-423

Auditing

3

ACC-424

Tax Accounting I

3

Complete 2 courses from the following:

ACC-323

Electronic Accounting Analysis

3

ACC-425

Tax Accounting II

3

ACC-426

Fund Accounting

3

ACC-427

Cost Accounting

3

Business Courses

BUS-100

Introduction to Business

3

BUS-150

Business Computer Applications

3

BUS-270

Principles of Economics

3

BUS-325

Principles of Management

3

BUS-330

Principles of Finance

3

BUS-350

Management Science

3

BUS-360

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS-391

Legal Environment of Business

3

BUS-494 or
BUS-497

Independent Study or
Internship

3

Capstone

BUS-499

Business and Accounting Capstone

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in accounting and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer application, financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, tax accounting, fund accounting, cost accounting, and the core business disciplines.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

There is an exception that this program will take five years to complete. Students choosing this major must complete at least 150 credit hours to graduate, including 74 credits outside of the Business and Accounting Department. NOTE: Students may not get both the Business Administration major and Accounting Major.

Business Administration Major

Business Administration Major

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

MAT-125 or
MAT-212

Data Analysis and Statistics or
Advanced Statistical Methods

3

MAT-150

Applied Calculus: A Modeling Approach

4

Accounting Courses

ACC-221

Financial Accounting

3

ACC-222

Managerial Accounting

3

 

 

Business Courses

BUS-100

Introduction to Business

3

BUS-150

Business Computer Applications

3

BUS-270

Principles of Economics

3

BUS-325

Principles of Management

3

BUS-330

Principles of Finance

3

BUS-350

Management Science

3

BUS-360

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS-391

Legal Environment of Business

3

BUS-494 or
BUS-497

Independent Study or
Internship

3

BUS-499

Business and Accounting Capstone

3

Complete 1 course from the following:

BUS-200

Small Business Management

3

BUS-340

International Business

3

BUS-357

Organizational Behavior

3

BUS-453

Principles of Production and Operations Management

3

BUS-483

Project Management

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing.
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

CONCENTRATIONS

The Business Major is intended to help build and integrate the Liberal Arts and business competencies needed for students to succeed in twenty-first century organizations. In addition to the core courses emphasizing organizational leadership, ethics and core functions, students may choose a concentration, consisting of additional courses in finance, marketing, or accounting. The content of each concentration is listed below.

ACCOUNTING CONCENTRATION

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITES

Complete Business Administration Major requirements

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

ACC-318

Intermediate Accounting I

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ACC-320

Intermediate Accounting II

3

ACC-323

Electronic Accounting Analysis

3

ACC-423

Auditing

3

ACC-424

Tax Accounting I

3

ACC-425

Tax Accounting II

3

ACC-426

Fund Accounting

3

ACC-427

Cost Accounting

3

BUS-494

Independent Study

1-3

BUS-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing.
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

 

FINANCE CONCENTRATION

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITES

Complete Business Administration Major requirements

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

ACC-318 or
ACC-427

Intermediate Accounting I or
Cost Accounting

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

BUS-332

Financial Institutions

3

BUS-430

Advanced Financial Management

3

BUS-438

Investment Theory and Practice

3

BUS-444

International Finance

3

BUS-494

Independent Study

1-3

BUS-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing.
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

 

MARKETING CONCENTRATION

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

PREREQUISITES

Complete Business Administration Major requirements

CONCENTRATION REQUIREMENTS

BUS-469

Marketing Strategy

3

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART-130

Introduction to Design

3

JOURN-200 or
JOURN-201

Principles and Practices of Journalism: Print or
Principles and Practices of Journalism: Visual

3

BUS-366

Marketing Communication

3

BUS-461

Marketing Research

3

BUS-466

Consumer Behavior

3

BUS-494

Independent Study

1-3

BUS-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

SELF-DESIGNED CONCENTRATION

Individual concentrations can be arranged with prior approval of the student's advisor and the Director of Business and Accounting. Business faculty work with faculty from other departments to help students design such concentrations based on each student's special interests and talents. (Note: All individual concentrations should be planned well in advance, ideally by the end of the student's sophomore year.)

Student Learning Outcomes

  • To help students develop a professional attitude and approach to work in business and other settings.
  • To help students refine an ethical standard that is humane, rational, and consistent with a focus on service to society.
  • To help students develop the ability in a business and societal context to think critically, reason analytically, solve both quantitative and qualitative problems effectively, and express oneself convincingly both orally and in writing
  • To help students gain in-depth knowledge of economic analysis, business computer applications, accounting, marketing, business law, organizational behavior, human relations, quantitative business analysis, and strategic management.
  • To help students apply the abilities and knowledge gained to compete favorably for admission to graduate programs and for employment.

Minors

Business Minor

36 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

BUS-100

Introduction to Business

3

BUS-150

Business Computer Applications

3

BUS-270 or
POE-263

Principles of Economics or
Introduction to Political Economy

3 or
4

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ACC-221

Financial Accounting

3

ACC-222

Managerial Accounting

3

BUS-200

Small Business Management

3

BUS-325

Principles of Management

3

BUS-330

Principles of Finance

3

BUS-340

International Business

3

BUS-360

Principles of Marketing

3

BUS-381

Electronic Commerce

3

BUS-483

Project Management

3

BUS/ACC

Other upper division business and accounting (300-400 level) courses if approved by department director

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Fundamental understanding of how businesses operate in terms of economic analysis, business computer applications, financial accounting, and overall business functions.
  • Ability to use this fundamental understanding of how businesses operate to compete favorably for admission to MBA programs and for employment opportunities.