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Financial Accounting

The Financial Accounting Concentration is based upon the CPA model. Students are required to complete basic intermediate level courses as well as various electives. Students are encouraged to expand their basic knowledge of financial accounting and reporting to other areas of accounting such as individual taxation, business taxation, government and nonprofit accounting, accounting information systems, advanced accounting topics (i.e. consolidations, partnerships) and even business law topics. Our goal is to provide students with employable skills in order to allow our students to choose from multiple accounting career options upon graduation.

The accounting department faculty blends classroom experience with world expertise within the changing business and technical environment. Classes are on average fewer than 30 students and all of your classes will be taught by faculty members - not by graduate students. We encourage our alumni back into the classsroom (as guest lecturers) to assist in our students in career placement, career counseling, and to encourage life-long learning. 

Career opportunities lie in various fields including public accounting (CPA), priviate industry, health care, government, and nonprofit organizations.  These positions may be in the areas of auditing, financial accounting and reporting, controller, and treasurer. 

The Accounting Department has been successfull in placing students with the Department of Army, Department of Navy, Big-Four CPA firms, National, Regional and Local CPA firms, Pa Department of Revenue, PA Civil Service, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, manafacturers, retail, and service organizations.  Faculty have also assisted students in obtaining entrance into graduate schools. 

Students may want to visit the following websites to obtain more career related information.

American Institute of CPA's       www.aicpa.org
Financial Accounting Standards Board   www.fasb.org
Pennsylvania Institute of CPA's  www.picpa.com
Pennsylvania Society of Public Accountants  www.pspa-state.org
National Association of State Boards of Accountancy  www.nasba.org
CPA Exam Specs     http://www.cpa-exam.org/download/CSOs%20for%20revised%20CPA%20Exam.pdf
Start Here Go Places in Business and Accounting   www.startheremagazine.com
Feed the Pig      www.feedthepig.org

 

Last Reviewed: September 21, 2007