With a degree in Accounting, you will join one of the most in-demand fields with excellent starting wages. You will have a chance to earn a degree that will prepare you to analyze and evaluate the internal and external operations of a business.


The Business programs at Black Hills State University are accredited by AACSB, putting them in the top 5% of business schools in the world. Through innovative instruction, mentoring, research, internships, and service, BHSU develops business graduates who become local and regional leaders and compete in a dynamic global environment. 

  • SMALL CLASS SIZES allows faculty to cater to students’ different learning styles, ensuring that each student understands the material and concepts.
  • LOCAL AND REGIONAL COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT connect the business school to community employers.
  • STUDENTS RECEIVE A WELL-ROUNDED BUSINESS DEGREE by completing a wide range of business classes.
  • COURSES UTILIZE MULTIPLE TEACHING METHODS including traditional lectures, online and hybrid courses, study aboard opportunities, and internship and service learning projects.

Get your degree from the AACSB Accredited School of Business at Black Hills State University in Business Administration with a Specialization in Accounting. With a degree in Accounting, you will join one of the most in-demand fields with excellent starting wages. You will have a chance to earn a degree that will prepare you to analyze and evaluate the internal and external operations of a business.

Program Highlights


» Each year, the United Nations coordinates a World Tourism Day celebration highlighting important aspects of the tourism industry. BHSU brings together students and industry leaders to celebrate the impact of tourism on our community.


» The annual Accounting Fair, for accounting and professional accounting majors, is held every fall, welcoming local and regional employers to both the Spearfish and Rapid City campuses. Students network and interview with employers to secure internships and full-time positions.


» Each spring semester, BHSU holds its annual career fair, open to all majors and welcoming over 60 employers to campus to meet with students seeking part-time, full-time, and internship positions.


» Advanced Income Tax Accounting students participate in Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA), gaining hands-on experience preparing tax returns for low-income individuals.

Accounting Major Course Requirements

Pre-Business Core - 24 semester hours

  • ACCT 210 - Principles of Accounting I
  • ACCT 211 - Principles of Accounting II
  • BADM 220 - Business Statistics
  • BADM 320 - Quantitative Decision Analysis
  • BADM 344 - Managerial Communications
  • ECON 201 - Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 202 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • MIS    205 - Advanced Computer Applications

Business Core - 33 semester hours  

  • BADM 310 - Business Finance
  • BADM 321 - Business Statistics II
  • BADM 350 - Legal Environment of Business
  • BADM 369 - Organization and Management
  • BADM 370 - Marketing
  • BADM 407 - International Business
  • BADM 425 - Production/Operations Management
  • BADM 457 - Business Ethics
  • BADM 482 - Business Policy and Strategy
  • MIS    325 - Management Information Systems
  • 300/400 level ECON elective

Specialization in Accounting - 18 semester hours

  • ACCT 310 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACCT 311 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACCT 430 - Income Tax Accounting
  • ACCT 450 - Auditing
  • ACCT 460 - Managerial Accounting
  • ACCT 480 - Advanced Accounting

Gen Ed Requirements - 30 semester hours

  • Gen Ed - Mathematics - 3 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Social Science - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Art & Humanities - 6 semester hours
  • Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab - 6-8 semester hours
  • ENGL 101 - Composition I
  • ENGL 201 - Composition II

Take one of the following:

  • SPCM 101 - Fundamentals of Speech
  • SPCM 215 - Public Speaking
  • SPCM 222 - Argumentation and Debate

*Current students, please refer to the DegreeWorks Dashboard in MyBHSU to confirm your major requirements.

Find Your Career

Employment opportunities include:
» Account Executive
» Advertising Specialist
» Management Trainer
» Entrepreneur
» Financial Advisor
» Hotel General Manager
» Casino Group Sales Manager
» Human Resources Manager
» Small Business Owner
» Travel Agent
» Retail Manager


Amber Lind


» B.S. in Business Administration, Specializations in Marketing and Management
» Began her career with Aflac after graduation in June 2009
Promoted to Aflac Regional Sales Coordinator
» Involved in Student Council and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) while attending BHSU

Student Organizations

Beta Gamma Sigma

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society for AACSB accredited schools of business, whose mission is to encourage and honor academic excellence, to foster personal and professional excellence, and to advance the values of the Society. The top 10% of junior and senior business majors are invited to join this prestigious organization.

Travel and Tourism Club

The mission of the Travel and Tourism Club is to focus on exploring the tourism industry through trips around the Black Hills region and beyond. Other opportunities include job shadowing, guest speakers, and networking with professionals in tourism fields.

Jacket Investment Club

The Jackets Investment Club seeks to provide all students an opportunity to learn more about investing. The purpose of the club is to give members the opportunity to learn and practice new investment tools. Using real-world applications, students will strengthen their knowledge of economics, markets, and finance.

Contact Info

April Yenglin
Phone: 605-642-6212

Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799