Junior Block & Business Core

Junior Block: Step 2

The Junior Block format provides a plan for completing these courses in a sequential manner that is most beneficial to students. The combination of classes is laid out in a knowledge-building order and the most compatible classes are paired together. The Department of Accounting recommends that these six 300-level courses be taken in the following sequence:


It is a good idea to get started on the Intermediate Accounting sequence as early as possible and the Junior Block offers the courses in the most beneficial order for the students. Therefore, ACCT 341 should be taken the first quarter of your junior year. An ideal companion course to ACCT 341 is ACCT 321 which lays the foundation for an in-depth understanding of accounting systems.

The department offers all of the 300-level required courses during each quarter of the regular academic year. Regular sections of these courses are available to all accounting majors. An additional section of each of these six courses is arranged in a block (the "Junior Block") that spans the academic year to accommodate students who begin their junior year during the fall quarter.

It is suggested that you take no more than two accounting courses per quarter to avoid potential overload. The ideal course schedule would pair two accounting courses with courses from the Business Core, Non-Business Credits, or GURs that need to be completed.

Junior Block Advantages

The block provides the following advantages to students and faculty: 

  • Coordinated courses offered during the academic year.
  • A rational and efficient organization of 300-level courses.
  • Potential for ongoing study groups.

Junior Block FAQ

If I complete my Foundation courses in the Fall or Winter quarters, can I still start the intermediate Accounting series?

Yes.  You may start your Junior Block courses (ACCT 321 and ACCT 341) in Winter or Spring quarter because the Junior Block courses are offered each quarter of the regular academic year.

Can I start the Junior Block Summer Quarter? 

You can shadow this schedule as closely as possible with the courses that are offered in the summer. 

Do I have to take the courses in this order?

You can still take the courses in a different order if you wish – all 300-level courses are offered every quarter of the regular academic year – but we really recommend the Junior Block order!  ACCT 341, ACCT 342, and ACCT 343 must be completed in sequential order so we recommend starting ACCT 341 as soon as possible.

Junior Level Business Core Courses:

By combining core business courses with classes in the Accounting Junior Block course list, students benefit from a full schedule (12 credits or more) and a good blend of topics (not all one subject).

The junior level business core courses incorporate the base knowledge you gained in your foundation courses and expand that knowledge through more advanced financial, marketing, operations and managerial topics. These classes consist of 20 credits and are usually completed in the junior year.

Business Core Course List

  • FIN 341: Principles of Finance
  • MGMT 311: Introduction to Management and Organizational Behavior
  • MGMT 382: Business and its Environment
  • MKTG 380: Principles of Marketing
  • OPS 360: Operations Management

Non-Business Credit Requirement:

CBE majors must complete at least 90 credits of non-business courses as part of the 180 credits required for a degree.  Non-business courses include DSCI 205, all ECON courses, and all courses offered outside the College of Business and Economics.  A DTA does not guarantee that you have met your 90 non-business credit requirement.  Confirming your non-business credits early in the major will assist you in planning your academic schedule and reaching your graduation goal date.

Where can I get more information about planning my schedule?

Michelle Stach, Department Manager, can advise you about your academic schedule. Michelle.Stach@wwu.edu