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About the Department

Program Mission Statement and Goals

Mission Statement
The mission of the Department of Accounting & Finance at Pitt-Johnstown is to prepare students with both a general education that is rich in the liberal arts, based on critical thinking skills development and a specialized education that establishes a core competency in a major functional area of busines involving finance, accounting, and related areas.

Program Goals

  • To prepare students for entry-level professional  positions in the business and professional world.
  • To prepare students for graduate-level studeis in business or a related-field.
Degrees Conferred

Pitt-Johnstown students are required to complete 120 credit hours in order to earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business.  All Business majors recieve a degree in Business with their major concentration noted on their diploma.    Many business programs offer a Bachelor of Science Degree, however, as noted Pitt-Johnstown students earn a Bachelor or Arts Degree in Business.  The difference is significant in the type of courses the student is required to take.  However, both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science is accepted by both graduate schools and potential employers.

The Pitt-Johnstown Business student starts their academic career as a Pre-Business major.  After completion of core courses and a minimual QPA requirement, the majority of students select their major.  The Accounting and Finance major is provided with an individual academic advisor.  The student will meet with that advisor on a continuous basis in order that the student can select classes that best fit their academic goals as well as meet college and departmental requirements.

Class Size

While Pitt-Johnstown class sizes ratio is 25 to 1, the Accounting and Finance Department averages a class size in upper level courses (those courses in a student's major) of 20 to 30 students. 

Principles of Accounting and Principles of Finance class size ratios will be greater.  Since all students are required to take these basic introductory courses, it is normal for class sizes to be on average 30 students. 

Last Reviewed: September 26, 2007