Southern Illinois University Majors and Programs

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Current Majors and Programs

Accounting (BS)

View SIU AA Degree Pathway for Accounting 

  • SIU’s accounting program provides undergraduate accounting program graduates with the basic understanding of accounting concepts (financial, taxation, auditing, managerial and accounting information systems) such that they can prepare, analyze and communicate accounting information. 
  • A flexible curriculum assures that graduates are prepared for the many available career options including public accounting, corporate accounting, not-for-profit accounting and other roles in business consulting and finance.
  • While the SIU undergraduate accounting degree prepares students for accounting careers, you must typically have completed 150 hours of coursework to sit for the CPA exam in Illinois and most other states.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Associate in Arts or Science
  • ACC 101*, 102*, 213
  • ECO 211, 212
  • ENG 103 or 130
  • MTH 124*, 134*, 225*
*Must be completed prior to starting SIU

Paralegal Studies (BS)

View SIU Degree Pathway for Paralegal Studies 

  • Whether planning for a career as a paralegal or preparing for law school, the Paralegal Studies program at SIU provides students with the tools necessary to succeed in the complex world of the legal system. 
  • The curriculum provides proficiency in legal research and case citation, use of office technology and multimedia and the application of professionalism and ethics in the legal field.
  • The program at SIU has been approved by the American Bar Association since 1987. Each faculty member is a licensed attorney and brings real life experience to the classroom.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Associate in Applied Science in Paralegal Studies

Public Safety Management (BS)

View SIU Degree Pathway for PSM - Emergency and Disaster Management 

View SIU Degree Pathway for PSM - Emergency Medical Services 

View SIU Degree Pathway for PSM - Fire Science Technology  

  • The Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management (PSM) program at SIU is one of the highest rated programs in the country and is accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).
  • With practical coursework in all areas of public safety management, graduates of the PSM program earn more in their chosen professions and bring enhanced problem-solving skills to their respective careers. 
  • Students in the PSM program can major in general public safety management or choose one of three specializations:
    • Emergency Management Administration
    • Emergency Medical Services
    • Fire Service Management

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of Associate in Applied Science in Fire Science Technology OR Emergency and Disaster Management OR Emergency Medical Services


SIU Contact

Rey Diaz
Transfer Admissions Counselor
Southern Illinois University 

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Last Updated: 9/7/22