Gen Ed course- PHYS 150, Physics for Future Leaders

Also known as Physics of Societal Issues, PHYS 150 is offered Tue/Th 9:30-10:50 am for the fall 2016 semester and fulfills a Physical Science Gen Ed (3 credit hours).

U of I students go on to become leaders in many fields of endeavor: business, engineering, law, politics, the arts, and more. Many of the most important issues of our time relate to science and technology. What should every world leader (and citizen) know about physics? No previous coursework in physics is required. Check out the flyer here: Phys150flyer_F16

Course Catalog link for PHYS 150

Gen Ed course- CWL 151, Dystopian Fiction

If you still need a Literature & the Arts course, you can consider enrolling in CWL 151, Dystopian Fiction.

This course examines the representation of futures gone wrong. What happens when we manipulate science and technology too far, when power lies in the hands of the few, or when we take the quest for a perfect world to the extreme? In this course, we will examine why these terrifying, often violent, visions of the future hold such fascination. The texts, and therefore our discussions, will explore many issues including violence, technology, power, gender, and identity. Readings include The Hunger Games, V for Vendetta, Handmaid’s Tale, and Brave New World; films include The Dark Knight Rises, The Matrix and Blade Runner. Satisfies Literature & Arts gen ed. CRN: 67360


Course catalog link for CWL 151

Have advising questions? The Advising Team is here ALL summer!

We can answer all of your questions about academics, advising, registration, overrides, transfer classes, etc. Call 217-333-2740 (Office of Undergraduate Affairs, College of Business) or contact your Academic Advisor for academic questions.
Please do not call or email the Dean’s Office with academic questions. 

Need help with academic stuff and don’t know where to turn?
Call 217-333-2740 or email!

New CPA Exam Format for April 2017

This past April, the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) finalized what the new format of the CPA Exam will look like.  Prior to that, there had been rumors and speculation, so finalization is only recent.   A nice overview and summary is available here:

Quick Items of Interest:

  • The new format goes into effect April 1, 2017.   This applies to anyone taking an exam section that day or later.  There is no “grandfathering”.
  • All sections of the CPA Exam will be 4 hours; however, candidates will now get a 15-minute standardized break.
  • As for content, there will be fewer multiple choice questions and more task-based simulations.
  • The Exam will test more “higher order” skills.  In other words, there will be more emphasis on evaluation, analysis, and application (as opposed to memorization).
  • Testing Windows are extended (this has already started happening).   Each testing window used to be the first two months of every quarter.  Now, it’s the first two months, plus 10 extra days. For example, instead of January/February, it’s January/February, plus the first 10 days in March (and so on for the rest of the year).  The only exception is June 2017, which will not have any testing days.


Please direct questions to

Accountancy Peer Tutor Positions (300-level ACCY Courses)

Accountancy Seniors:

The Ernst and Young (EY) Accountancy Peer Tutor Center (PTC) is now accepting Peer Tutor applications for Fall 2016 for 2-3 openings.  The application deadline is Monday, August 15.  The application is available here     More information is available in the ACCY Peer Tutor Job Description. The typical time commitment is 4-6 hours per week. Please direct questions to


GCL Frameworks Courses – Meet 2 Gen Ed Requirements

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with several professors from all over campus who care passionately about topics like climate change, debt, and healthy communities?  Students like ​​ you told us about these interests. We’ve reached out to some of the most talented teachers on campus to create three unique Critical Frameworks courses—a new way of exploring these challenging subjects.  The Frameworks courses will put you in conversation with award-winning faculty in the arts, sciences, social sciences, humanities, business, and engineering.

Each Frameworks course meets twice per week: first for a lecture that gathers all students and faculty, and next in small seminars. Through this innovative structure, you’ll benefit from the expertise of several​  faculty while working closely with your professor and a network of peers.  You’ll meet interesting students, hear great lectures, and participate in group projects that you can publish on your own electronic portfolio.

Click on the below links to Course Explorer and see which Frameworks course fits your interests and schedule!  You can also watch our short video, visit our webpage, talk to your advisor, or email

GCL 200/201*: Frameworks for Inequality & Cultural Understanding

2 Gen Eds: Humanities & the Arts/US Minority Cultures

(*GCL 201 also meets Advanced Composition)

GCL 210: Frameworks for Sustainability, Energy & the Environment

2 Gen Eds: Humanities & the Arts/Cultural Studies

GCL 220: Frameworks for Building Healthy Communities

2 Gen Eds: Humanities & the Arts/Cultural Studies

AGED 260 offered online this summer

*NEW* AGED 260: Introduction to Leadership Studies is now being offered as a summer online course!


Overview of multiple leadership theories and their application to leadership and followership in multiple settings. Students learn and apply leadership theories to enhance their own leadership and record their growth through a series of surveys, readings, exams and assignments.

This online course will include unique videos, an interactive e-Text, group activities and even a game simulation for one of the eight modules.

  • 8-week Summer Session 2:  June 13 – August 6, 2016.
  • CRN: 36784
  • Meets a Social Science General Education requirement
  • Required course in the Minor in Leadership Studies

ACCY 405/415 Registration Guidance

ACCY 304 Students:

This is a quick reminder regarding the undergraduate auditing course options, which are restricted to declared Accountancy majors.  When registering in April, please plan on the appropriate course (which is designated according to your educational track):

BS/MAS – Audit Option

–Students admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS (and not pursuing Tax) need to take ACCY 405, (Assurance and Attestation).  These students will then take ACCY 515, Auditing and Assurance Standards, during the MAS year.  ACCY 405 is restricted to students in the 5-year BS/MAS program. If you applied to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS program by 2/1/16 and were admitted, you will need to accept the admission offer in order to access this class.  Potential BS/MAS-Tax students should not take this class (see below).

 BS Only or Dual Degree Only

–Students *not* pursuing the BS/MAS will take ACCY 415, Auditing Standards and Practice.  Please note that ACCY 415 fulfills the B.S. degree requirement in lieu of ACCY 405 and will fill in that section of your DARS report. 

 BS/MAS – Tax Option

–Students admitted to the Initial Stage of the BS/MAS that are planning on the MAS-Taxation Option should also take ACCY 415.  Please contact your Academic Advisor to obtain an override for this course.


During your undergraduate studies, you must select one or the other.  You cannot get credit for both and you cannot count both classes towards B.S. degree requirements.   ACCY 304 is a prerequisite for both of these classes. Please contact your Accountancy Academic Advisor if you have questions about your options.



CPA Exam Info Session – March 29

The Department of Accountancy is sponsoring an upcoming CPA Exam Information Session for potential State of Illinois CPA Exam candidates.  Russ Friedewald, Executive Director of the Illinois Board of Examiners, will discuss CPA educational requirements, application procedures, and other important information about the exam and the CPA license.

Date:     Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Time:     4:00 p.m.-4:50 p.m.

Location: Deloitte Auditorium, Business Instructional Facility

Please RSVP at this link:  Please direct questions to  Have a great Spring Break!

Non-profit internship and volunteer opportunities

His Kids Closet. This non-profit organization provides clothing and other necessities to those in need – mostly younger kids to infants.

His Kids Closet is offering internships in the following fields:

  • VP of Output
  • VP of Finance
  • VP of Marketing
  • Local Marketing Manager
  • Brand Management Manager
  • VP of Human Relations
  • VP of Intake
  • Pick-Up Manager

Additionally, volunteer opportunities in:

  • Sorting and folding
  • Inventory
  • Filling Orders
  • Laundry
  • Pick up or drop off donations

Contact for additional information.

Academic Advising Blog