Why study accounting?

An accounting major prepares students to excel in private, government, corporate and nonprofit areas with a broad knowledge of business practices and types of accounting.

  • Accounting courses are taught with a forward-looking perspective, integrating technology and cutting-edge topics. 
  • This program, paired with the Master of Arts in Professional Accountancy (MPA), meets requirements from the South Dakota State Board of Accountancy and others that have elected the 150-hour educational requirement to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.

Accounting at AU

Accounting at AU

Course Descriptions

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Accounting at AU


Career opportunities include public or corporate auditor or tax accountant, nonprofit compliance coordinator, financial planner or analyst, government forensic accountant, consultant or business manager.

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities at renowned firms:

  • Clifton Larson Allen (CLA)
  • Eide Bailly
  • Ernst & Young (EY)
  • Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC)

Accounting students study away in:

  • London, England, Paris, France and Oslo, Norway — focusing on sustainable business with AU faculty
  • Thailand — focusing on global economics with AU faculty
  • London — focusing on Brexit with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Accounting courses are paired with those in business administration and economics to establish a broad skill set.

Accounting students often participate in: 

  • Business Club 
  • Serving and Learning Together (SALT)