University of Southern California

The Curriculum

The USC Leventhal School of Accounting faculty was one of the first academic groups to recognize and act upon the need for major change in accounting education. In conjunction with leaders in both public and private accounting, we have created a program of study, which effectively addresses the constantly changing landscape of the 21st century. Our program is designed to introduce students to a variety of accounting principles at both the beginning and intermediate levels. After this period of exploration, a student chooses from three specialized program tracks:  Accounting, Accounting Information Systems or Graduate Accounting. This integrated program of both broad foundations and deeply concentrated study sets the stage for a learning experience that provides students with the valuable decision making skills they will need to meet the demands of the workplace.

Our program seeks to explore the accounting disciplines future structures and directions. Relevant concepts and techniques from other academic disciplines are drawn upon and integrated into all accounting programs. In particular, we employ a focused effort on the development of communication and interpersonal skills. As the field of accounting advances, so too must its professionals. Throughout the curriculum at USC, you will be introduced to various types of theories, practices, and techniques essential to external and internal organizational communication, interpersonal communication, and the development of skill in presenting oral and written reports.

Before beginning your accounting degree coursework, typically as a junior, you will complete a number of university general education requirements plus some of the Marshall School undergraduate requirements. During your junior year Leventhal degree students typically take a common sets of courses each semester. Junior Year Coursework identifies these courses.

As a second semester junior in accounting, you are asked to select from among three program tracks, which determines you senior year coursework. Selection of a specific program track depends on your anticipated career path. The Graduate Accounting track is oriented to students who intend to matriculate through our Masters of Accounting or Masters of Business Taxation program before starting a professional accounting career. The Accounting Track is structured to prepare students for entry-level positions with corporations or professional accounting firms. The Accounting Information Systems Track in oriented for students with an interest in developing additional skills in information technology prior to beginning a corporate or professional accounting career.