Chair:   Scott Takacs (

The Accounting major provides a solid educational base for students seeking to obtain CPA certification* and allows students to compete more effectively for careers in private and public accounting practices.

Many students who major in Accounting are interested in becoming a CPA (Certified Public Accountant).  Earning the CPA opens the door to a variety of very attractive careers in public accounting (auditing, tax advice, or consulting), in non-accounting firms (accountant, comptroller, or chief financial officer), and in private practice (tax preparation or business consulting, for example).  In order to become a CPA, one must complete at least 150 semester hours of college (or higher level) classes, pass the CPA exam, and obtain one year of work experience that can be verified by a CPA.

The biggest hurdle of college graduates who seek this certification is the CPA exam.  Students who complete the Accounting major at Georgetown College can satisfy all the requirements to take the CPA exam in Kentucky by the time they graduate.  To take the exam, one must have a college degree (our B.S. in Accounting qualifies); one must complete at least 12 semester hours of related business classes (our Accounting major requires more than 12 hours in this category); and one must complete at least 27 semester hours of Accounting classes (our major required 24 Accounting hours, but we offer a 3-hour Accounting elective annually for students who want to reach 27 and take the CPA exam, so one can graduate with the required number of Accounting hours.)


(B.S. degree) A total of sixty-three semester hours required.  Fifty-one hours in the Department of Business Administration and Economics including BUA 210, 211, 300, 310, 311, 318, 326, 330, 335, 348, 336, 353, 413, 415, 450; ECO 221, and 223; plus twelve additional allied hours consisting of MAT 109 and 111; COMM 115; and PHI 325..

Fifth-Year Program in Accounting (for students seeking to become Certified Public Accountants) Option 1: B.S. in Accounting from Georgetown College and a MS in Accounting or MBA from a public university (agreement in place with University of Kentucky). Option 2: B.S. in Accounting plus additional 30 hours from Georgetown College. Interested students should consult an accounting faculty member to select the courses that will serve them best.


Q: BUA 210, ECO 221, ECO 223, MAT 109, MAT 111

W: PHI 325

Recommended Sequence of Courses – Major Requirements

First  or Second Year:

Either Semester

*MAT 109 or MAT 125
MAT 111
COMM 115
Power Point and Spreadsheet Literacy


Second Year:

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
BUA 210BUA 211
*ECO 221 or 223*ECO 221 or 223

Third Year:

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
BUA 310BUA 311
BUA 336(Odd Springs)
BUA 318

Either Semester

BUA 330

BUA 335

BUA 326

BUA 348


Fourth Year:

Fall SemesterSpring Semester
BUA 300BUA 413
BUA 415BUA 450
BUA 353

Either Semester

PHI 325

*denotes courses that meet General Education requirements