What is Accounting
Accountants and auditors help to ensure that firms are run efficiently, public records are kept accurately, and taxes are paid properly and on time. They analyze and communicate financial information for various entities, such as companies, individual clients, and federal, state, and local governments.
Career Opportunities in Accounting
The University of Tennessee has one of the leading accounting programs in the nation. The program emphasizes the conceptual and applied understanding of business information and prepares students for careers in accounting and business.
Salary Trends in Accounting
For 2013-2014, the average accepted salary for UT graduates with a major in accounting (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) was $48,053. For additional salary information by occupation in the U.S. or for individual states, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ National Compensation Survey website.
High School Preparation
High school students should follow a college preparatory curriculum and take their high school’s recommended courses in Math, English, and Foreign Language. Appropriate electives include any business courses, as well as courses in computer software applications and written and oral communication. The Haslam College of Business further encourages all high school students to 1) explore international business issues and opportunities, 2) participate in student organizations and clubs, and 3) volunteer in their community.
How to Major in Accounting
Freshmen are admitted directly to the Haslam College of Business at the point of admission into the University of Tennessee. Admission to the university is highly competitive and based primarily on academic achievement at the high school level and scores on the ACT and/or SAT.
Students admitted into the Haslam College of Business must maintain a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average and earn a grade of C or better in the following tracking courses (or honors equivalents) prior to the completion of 75 hours.
- Mathematics 123-125 or 141-142 (6 or 8 hours);
- Written Communication (3 hours from English 255 or 295);
- Oral Communication (3 hours from Communication Studies 210 or 240);
- Accounting 200 (3 hours);
- Economics 201 (4 hours);
- Statistics 201 (3 hours);
- Management 201 (3 hours)
Students who are not directly admitted to the Haslam College of Business or who are transferring from other educational institutions can apply for admission after completion of the tracking courses. Internal and external transfer students will be categorized as business exploratory majors until such time that they complete their requirements for admission. Prior to the completion of 75 hours, students seeking transfer admission must complete all tracking courses with a grade of C or better and have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA. Both criteria must be met when the major application is reviewed. Selection is highly competitive and based on academic achievement, commitment to pursuing a business discipline, and departmental capacity.
Requirements for Accounting
All majors in the Haslam College of Business are required to take a total of 120 hours to graduate: 59 hours of general education courses, 15 hours of pre-business core courses, 22 hours of business core courses, and 24 hours of courses in the major. Of those 24 hours, 18 must be taken in residence at the University of Tennessee. A minimum grade of C must be earned in every course counted towards the major. Additionally, students in the college must have a laptop by the second semester of their sophomore year.
Special Programs, Co-ops, and Internships
Global Leadership Scholars
The Global Leadership Scholars (GLS) program offered by the Haslam College of Business promotes the development of international and intercultural awareness, leadership, and personal and professional growth. Through honors classes, seminars in leadership training, international experiences, and co-curricular activities, GLS students work together and with honors faculty to develop the skills necessary to become future international business leaders. Applications are accepted from first-year students in their second semester.
The accounting program offers an opportunity to participate in two full-time, highly structured internship programs. The faculty strongly encourage accounting majors to participate in one or both programs. The first internship program (summer program) emphasizes internships in industry. The second internship program (spring program) emphasizes internships with public accounting firms. Exposure to corporate accounting and public accounting provides students with valuable experience to help them make wise career decisions and to increase the knowledge gained from subsequent coursework. Students may earn academic credit for their internships through enrollment in Accounting 492.
Beta Alpha Psi
Beta Alpha Psi is the international organization for business information professionals, with chapters at over 250 universities. Membership in Beta Alpha Psi indicates high academic and professional standards and is highly regarded by accounting firms and corporations. Weekly meetings feature current topics in the profession and provide a venue for significant student/professional interaction.
National Association of Black Accountants
NABA is a national organization for business professionals and students. NABA’s mission is to address the professional needs of its members and to build leaders that shape the future of the accounting and finance profession with an unfaltering commitment to inspire the same in their successors. As a student chapter, we aim to promote and develop the professional skills of our members by providing them the opportunity to fulfill their civic responsibility and to represent the interests of current students with regards to enhancing opportunities for minorities in the accounting, finance, and other business-related professions. NABA meets monthly and provides a venue for significant student-to-student and student-to-professional interactions. Membership is open to students who choose to major or minor in business (including business exploratory students), especially those interested in accounting and/or finance, and who embrace the ideals and mission of NABA.
Highlights of Accounting
Within the 24 hours of their major, students may study two areas of emphasis: their major with a collateral or their major with a dual concentration. With a collateral, students complete 15 hours in their major and 9 hours in their collateral area. With a dual concentration, students complete 12 hours in each area of emphasis. The accounting major offers collateral areas of study in finance, information management, international business, and supply chain management, as well as a dual concentration option in international business.
Seeking to instill a global perspective in all of its students, the Haslam College of Business challenges undergraduates to develop the requisite knowledge and skills to prosper in today’s global business environment. To help students meet that challenge, the college provides these critical tools: an enhanced core curriculum that covers international business topics in all relevant courses; extraordinary programs for international study and internships; and a unique opportunity to delve into the principles of international business through a collateral or concentration in international business.
The college requires all students pursuing a collateral or dual concentration in international business to have an international educational experience. Coursework in the international business collateral or dual concentration may be completed through a study abroad program.
Learn more about UT’s Ready for the World initiative to help students gain the international and intercultural knowledge they need to succeed in today’s world.
Academic Plan and Milestones
Following an academic plan will help students stay on track to graduate in four years. UT has implemented Universal Tracking (uTrack), an academic monitoring system designed to help students stay on track for timely graduation. In order to remain on track, students must complete the minimum requirements for each tracking semester, known as milestones. Milestones may include successful completion of specified courses and/or attainment of a minimum GPA. uTrack requirements only affect full-time, degree-seeking students who first entered Fall 2013 or later. uTrack does not apply to transfer students who enter prior to Fall 2015.
Sample academic plans and milestones for the accounting major can be found using the links below.
For More Information
Haslam College of Business
342 Haslam Business Building
Knoxville, TN 37996
Phone: (865) 974-5096
Fax: (865) 974-6106
The information on this page should be considered general information only. For more specific information on this and other programs refer to the UT catalog or contact the department and/or college directly.