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Description of Accounting Program

The Accounting program prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. Students interested in a career in accounting, financial management, or business administration in both the public and private sectors will find this program attractive.

Click on the link below for a pdf copy of a sample degree plan for a degree in Accounting. All students should first consult with their academic advisors for assistance in completing this document.

Sample Degree Plan for Accounting – Fall 2017 PDF

Click on the link below for a copy of a recommended course sequence for a degree in Accounting.

Suggested Course Sequence for Accounting – Fall 2017 PDF

Why Major in Accounting?

As best summarized by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), “Accounting is the one degree that gives you the education to succeed at just about anything in the business world. Accounting opens doors in every kind of business and can give you the foundation you need to go on and become a CPA. It can prepare you to become a partner in an accounting firm, to pursue a career in finance or corporate management, to work in government, or even to become an entrepreneur. In fact, no matter what you decide to do, having an accounting background can open doors wide”.

The reason accounting may be the best route to a successful business career is usually explained on the first day of any introductory accounting class, “because accounting has always been considered as the language and basic tool of business”.

Career Opportunities in Accounting

There are many job opportunities for accountants which can all be summarized into three major areas: public accounting, private accounting, and government and not-for profit accounting.

Career options for accounting graduates include working with a company as a general ledger accountant, cost accountant, tax accountant, payroll accountant, or budget analyst. Another option is to work with one of the Big Four accounting firms as an auditor, tax accountant, or consultant.