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Accounting

The Accounting major is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to prepare them for productive and satisfying careers in both private industry and the public sector and lays the foundation for students seeking a career in public accounting.

Because accounting is the language of business, our accounting program provides valuable skills for any career path. Students develop the financial knowledge and analytical skills necessary in understanding the various components of business organizations and the role of accounting within them. The Accounting major provides a flexible program of study relevant to all areas of accounting, with a strong emphasis on practical accounting work. Consistent with the College’s connected learning philosophy, the accounting major offers students various project-focused as well as service learning opportunities, in which students gain valuable hands on experience in accounting. Students are highly encouraged to take a Service Learning course – SVL 108, Tax volunteer, and/or accounting facilitator – SVL 207. The Internship program provides a capstone work experience for all Accounting students during their senior year.

The program provides students with the critical knowledge needed to sit for the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam as well as the various other Accounting Certifications including Certified Management Accountant (CMA). Graduates receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in Accounting:

Goal 1: Knowledge of Accounting Information
Upon completion of the major program of study in Accounting, students will be able to
1. Identify, measure, record, and communicate financial information relating to an organization
2. Interpret, analyze, and evaluate financial information relating to an organization
3. Demonstrate the acquisition of analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills necessary for decision making.
4. Use industry specific software

Goal 2: Application of Business Information
Upon completion of the major program of study in Accounting, students will be able to
1. Apply quantitative research methods to various propositions relating to business organizations
2. Apply qualitative research methods to various propositions relating to business organizations
3. Integrate business information into effective decision making

Goal 3: Ethical Decision-making
Upon completion of the major program of study in Accounting, students will be able to
1. Identify ethical issues implicit in business
2. Evaluate and decide among alternative solutions to ethical problems

Goal 4: Professional skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in Accounting, students will be able to
1. Communicate effectively in writing for the discipline
2. Communicate effectively orally for the discipline
3. Work effectively in teams