Accounting Concentration

Become well-versed in the "language of business" that guides investment decisions, resource allocation, strategic growth, and more.

Business administration majors can elect to concentrate in accounting in order to gain valuable knowledge and skills in the foundational principals guiding all business decision making. Accounting guides business decisions related to capital investments, pricing, inventory, mergers and acquisitions, payroll, taxes, risk management, market segmentation, and optimizing operations—to provide but a few examples. An accounting concentration is particularly valuable to pair with other business concentrations like finance to prepare students for careers such as asset management or investment banking.

Available to business administration majors only. This concentration is designed for students who wish to pursue careers outside accounting. Students who wish to pursue careers within accounting should pursue the accounting major instead.

CPA Certification and the Master of Accounting Program

The accounting concentration does not contain enough accounting coursework to qualify for CPA certification. Students who are interested in CPA certification should either switch to the accounting major or use the accounting concentration to gain the basic knowledge to qualify for the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program. Students considering this second route should also talk with the Lundquist College admissions office about timing for applying to the MAcc and other necessary requirements.

Concentration Requirements

  • ACTG 350: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACTG 351: Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACTG 352: Intermediate Accounting III

Choose one:

  • ACTG 360: Cost Accounting
  • ACTG 440: Auditing
  • ACTG 450: Advanced Financial Accounting
  • ACTG 470: Federal Taxation
  • ACTG 480: Accounting Data Analytics I

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Recommended Course Sequence

Accounting coursework tends to be sequential. ACTG 350 through ACTG 352 need to be taken in order. For this reason, students should try to take ACTG 350 as early as possible. Refer to the UO course catalog or the university class schedule for the prerequisites for accounting elective courses. Many of them require ACTG 350 or other 300-level coursework, and ACTG 352 requires FIN 316 as a prerequisite.

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Course Offerings

The following is an example schedule showing when upper-division required accounting courses are typically offered. Consult the university class schedule for the most current information about when these courses are offered.


  • ACTG 350
  • ACTG 352
  • ACTG 450
  • ACTG 470
  • ACTG 480


  • ACTG 350
  • ACTG 351
  • ACTG 360
  • ACTG 440
  • ACTG 450
  • ACTG 470


  • ACTG 351
  • ACTG 352
  • ACTG 360
  • ACTG 440
  • ACTG 450
  • ACTG 480

Recommended Electives

Recommended Business Electives

  • ACTG 410: Professional Ethics for Accountants
  • ACTG 460: Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • BA 425: Law for Managers
  • FIN 380: Financial Markets and Investments
  • FIN 462: Derivative Markets and Financial Institutions
  • FIN 463: International Finance
  • FIN 464: Commercial Banking
  • FIN 473: Financial Analysis and Valuation
  • OBA 410: Python for Data Analytics

Recommended Non-Business Electives

  • EC 360: Issues in Industrial Organizations
  • EC 370: Money and Banking
  • PPPM 280: Intro to the Nonprofit Sector
  • PPPM 484: Public and Nonprofit Financial Management