Accounting

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Department Head: 
Advising Coordinator Email: Karin Hickenbotham
Phone: 479-788-7800
College Website: College of Business
 

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans: 

Accounting majors planning to take the CPA exam often double major in another business area in order to earn the 150 hours of required coursework.  Common second majors chosen include: Business Administration and Finance.

Major

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting provides students with core knowledge in business and technical expertise in accounting.  Students develop strong quantitative reasoning abilities as well as sound communication skills through a curriculum of intermediate and advanced accounting, cost accounting, federal income tax, information systems, and auditing.

What can you do with a degree in Accounting?

Accountants record and analyze financial information for individuals, corporations, nonprofits, and governments.  They provide a range of services including auditing, consulting, and tax preparation.
 
Those in the profession rank accounting as a major with high upward mobility and above average flexibility.  Job titles for graduates include staff accountant, public accountant, tax accountant, business analyst, financial reporting manager, and auditor.  In addition, self-employment is always an option.
 
Graduates employed in public accounting will likely be required to hold the Certified Public Accounting (CPA) designation.  Depending on the position held, private, government, and non-profit accounting may require the CPA or other relevant professional designation.  

Websites for Career Research

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Why should you choose to major in Accounting? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 13.1 percent growth for accountants between 2012 and 2022.  Accounting consistently ranks as one of the most employable and best paid of all business majors.

Special Application Procedures

In order to become a major, you must complete a change of major/major declaration form with your adviser.  There are no special application requirements.  However, accounting majors must be admitted to the College of Business in order to take upper-level courses in business and accounting.  Please click here for Admission Requirements.

Internship Opportunities

  •  ArcBest Corporation
  •  Beall Barclay & Company
  •  BKD, LLP
  •  First National Bank of Fort Smith
  •  Rheem

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

 Graduates are employed with:

  • ArcBest Corporation
  • Baldor Electric
  • Beall Barclay & Co.
  • Ernst & Young
  • First National Bank
  • Golden Living
  • Tyson Foods
  • USA Truck

Accreditation

AACSB Accredited