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Do I have any power over my major requirements?

notsurewhatusernotsurewhatuser Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
edited March 2013 in College Life
I wasn't sure where to post this...

I'm a junior Accounting and Finance major.

Aside from the core classes, an Accounting and Finance degree at my school requires 23 courses (12 Accounting and Finance courses, 6 Math and Economics courses, and 5 Management courses).

I do not feel I should have to take the 5 Management courses. I have my reasons, but for now I'll keep them to myself. Who do you recommend I speak with? Is this even a good idea?
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Replies to: Do I have any power over my major requirements?

  • kiddiekiddie Registered User Posts: 2,743 Senior Member
    If you want that major you have to take the course the college wants you to take - if you don't want to take that course list then switch to a different major which will have different requirements (finance or accounting alone)?
  • CTScoutmomCTScoutmom Registered User Posts: 1,390 Senior Member
    Those requirements were set before you became an Accounting and Finance major. It really doesn't matter whether you think you should be required to take the classes or not - they are part of the requirements for your major at your school. Perhaps this is something you should have considered either before you declared your major, or even as far back as when you applied.

    Either buck up and take the classes, or find another major - the diploma listing your major indicates that you have met the requirements as set by your school, not the one you chose.
  • RacinReaverRacinReaver Registered User Posts: 6,610 Senior Member
    The only real way I could see getting out of it is if you're a non-traditional student, and you show you have "life experience" that should exempt you from some of the classes. You'd probably start by talking with your academic advisor, and if they agree it would probably go either to your department head or your college's dean to accept the change.

    I had an issue where a course I was taking was added as an optional elective (an upper-level version of a course) for students admitted in later years. My academic advisor said it wouldn't be a problem to count it for me. Flash forward two years and they were telling me it wouldn't count. Had to fight a bit, but things wound up working out in the end.

    What reasons do you have for feeling you don't need to take the classes?
  • stradmomstradmom Registered User Posts: 4,679 Senior Member
    If you really have a good reason why those requirements don't meet your needs, your school may have the option of a self-designed independent major that uses classes from a variety of departments.
  • teachandmomteachandmom Registered User Posts: 1,244 Senior Member
    You could always ask if you could "test out" of the management courses. If you pass the comprehensive exam, or the 5 final exams, then maybe they would grant you the credits without taking the courses. As someone else said, if you have life experience or such (like, you have been the CEO of a major company, not just your own little start-up) prove your knowledge by passing the exams. Otherwise, you must still have things to learn, right?
  • notsurewhatusernotsurewhatuser Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member

    The major is Accounting and Finance with a concentration in Finance. The other option is Accounting and Finance major with a concentration in Accounting. There is no Finance or Accounting major. The Accounting track requires 14 ACFI classes instead of 12, 6 of which are different than that of the Finance concentration. The Accounting concentration only has to take 4 Management courses, with the difference being "Fundamentals of Information Systems." Why is that course necessary for the Finance track but not the Accounting track?
  • notsurewhatusernotsurewhatuser Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    Reason: I think they are pointless and irrelevant. I'll elaborate on this more later...got hw
  • i_wanna_be_Browni_wanna_be_Brown Registered User Posts: 7,896 Senior Member
    You can always start by bringing it up with your advisor but odds are you won't be able to change it
  • comfortablycurtcomfortablycurt Registered User Posts: 2,182 Senior Member
    As others have already said, you can bring it up with your adviser, but most schools are fairly inflexible regarding course requirements for a major. There can be some wiggle room in instances where someone is double majoring in two related fields ( math/physics for instance ), but with a more specified major like yours, there likely isn't much room for substitution.

    Honestly though, I would think management courses would be fairly important for an accounting/finance major. Why is it that you don't want to take them?
  • SLACFacSLACFac Registered User Posts: 103 Junior Member
    If one of my advisees came in with this request, I would calmly tell him or her that this was a non-starter and that s/he would have to take all the required courses unless s/he could satisfy some of those requirements with AP/college credit per the policies listed in the Bulletin. If s/he did not accept this and was not amenable to changing majors, I would become annoyed. At my institution there are no circumstances extraordinary enough to get the major requirements altered, but I guess there might be a chance for that to happen somewhere else. Those circumstances would have to be something else though, I imagine.
  • 27dreams27dreams Registered User Posts: 610 Member
    Just look at the list of management classes and pick the one(s) that seem the least pointless or the easiest. As far as I know there's no way around it, so just get through it. I'm a music major and my university requires me to take two science classes as part of the general curriculum. I'm terrible at science and I think it's 100% irrelevant to my major unless there's like an acoustics class or something (there isn't). Maybe you could opt to take those classes pass/fail so you don't feel the need to put as much effort into them?
  • notsurewhatusernotsurewhatuser Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    You cannot select 5 management courses; they are already selected for you. They are also the easiest and most pointless ones. The CLEPs for Intro to Management and Intro to Marketing are apparently two of the easier ones, so I'm going to do that. I just don't see how those classes are needed (I can see how they'd be recommended) for a career in Accounting or Finance.
  • notsurewhatusernotsurewhatuser Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    The extra semester it'd take to do all those classes could be spent instead in a career where it is said by many that you learn all the management concepts anyway. It'd be one thing to say you wanted to be awarded an Accounting and Finance degree without having to take Financial Accounting, but I don't see the point in paying to learn things like "you shouldn't do something if you can't have fun doing it." The argument can't be made that they are just part of the broad education you will receive; that's what the core requirements were for.
  • TomServoTomServo Registered User Posts: 2,047 Senior Member
    Talk to your advisor about allowed substitutions. That's what I did yesterday, and now I'm on track to graduate six months earlier than I thought.
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