The primary purpose of accounting is to measure and communicate financial information about profit and non-profit organizations to interested persons. Accounting professionals operate within a broad socioeconomic environment. Therefore, emphasis within the accounting program is placed upon a combination of conceptual knowledge and practical applications of accounting theory and concepts as they relate to satisfying the information needs of a disparate group of users. The wide selection of courses in the accounting department enables the student to become familiar with such fields as taxation, financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and governmental/not-for-profit accounting.
The Accounting Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). It prepares the student for entry level professional positions and provides the prerequisite courses for admission to graduate study. Students majoring in accounting are required to take a combination of business and accounting related courses, which enhance their knowledge of the various business functions. Courses in computer technology and information systems, business communication, management, marketing, finance, business law, and economics are taken by all accounting majors.