The accounting program is designed to provide the foundation-level technical and analytical accounting knowledge and skills needed to become a professional in the accounting field and to pursue a fifth (graduate) year of accounting study. The primary emphasis of the program is preparation for students who wish to apply for admission to the MPA program. In addition, the program is designed to provide appropriate preparation for entry-level positions in business and for graduate study in law or other business fields. Accountants today are expected to participate extensively in the general area of business management. The profession of accountancy is becoming increasingly divergent, encompassing such areas as financial and operational auditing, management advisory services, operations research, information systems development and assurance, financial reporting, corporate tax planning, and cost analysis and control.
The B.B.A. in accounting focuses on broad business and accounting exposure based on a sound foundation of general education.
In recognition of the advisability of acquiring a broadly based education in liberal arts and general business subjects, as well as the necessity of a thorough foundation in the highly specialized and diversified fields of accounting, a person desiring a career in accounting is encouraged to complete the entire professional program of study leading to the MPA degree.
The two introductory courses in accounting are the most important courses for a student contemplating accounting as a major field. At a minimum, a student should have attained a grade of B average in these two courses before considering accounting as a major. Students planning to major in accounting may consult with a school advisor.