Accounting Major

College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences

Degree Four-year Track BS, Accounting, Five-year Track BS, Accounting and MBA

Department Chair Timothy Kearney, PhD

Accounting is the language of business that allows different entities to communicate effectively with each other. The accounting profession provides this vital service to management and owners of business firms, investors, creditors, labor unions, government agencies, and, most importantly, to the general public. The curriculum of the accounting major is designed to provide individuals with communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the technical proficiency to become professional accountants.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and other accounting organizations continually emphasize the value of a broad approach to education. The liberal arts core and business support courses that are required of all accounting majors address this need and help individuals acquire the necessary skills that will contribute to a productive life and satisfying career. The accounting faculty emphasizes the importance of these abilities in accounting courses that also contain the profession’s technical body of knowledge. Accounting courses also integrate an extensive use of computers and standard business software into instruction and student assignments. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.

Work experience is a powerful educational tool in a discipline such as accounting. Thus, on-campus interviews are scheduled with accounting firms and companies for student placement in accounting internship positions. All accounting majors are encouraged to serve an internship in the spring of their senior year. Placement of students in internships is dependent upon successful completion of required course work, availability of placement employers, and the student’s interview.

Forensic Accounting Specialization

The accounting major forensic specialization provides the student with a foundation in the methods employed by accountants, auditors, and managers in preventing and detecting fraud and deception in business entities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The specialization is open to Accounting majors only. Accounting majors will choose three out of the following four courses to complete the specialization: ACC 211, ACC 212, ACC 213, ACC 214.