College of Professional Studies and Social Sciences
Degree Four-year Track BS, Accounting, Five-year Track BS, Accounting and MBA
Department Chair John Sumansky, 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.