Accounting

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Advising Coordinator Email: Debbie Finlay
Phone: 479-788-7878
College Website: College of Business
 

Undergraduate Catalog

Degree Plans: 

Students interested in accounting may concentrate in Core Accounting, Professional Accounting, and Public Accounting, which lead to the following certificates of proficiency
Students interested in CPA licensure may complete the required course work for examination by majoring in Business Administration and concentrating in Core Accounting and Professional Accounting. These two concentrations will allow students to earn 24 hours of upper-level accounting course work. An additional six hours of upper-level Accounting course work may be earned through the certificate of proficiency in Public Accounting Standards & Practices.

Concentrations and Certificates in Accounting

Our programs provide 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.

 

Websites for Career Research

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Why should you choose to concentrate in Accounting? 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects employment of accountants and auditors to grow six percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. The median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $71,550 in May 2019. (BLS)
 
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.  

Admission to College

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

Internship Opportunities

  •  ArcBest Corporation
  •  Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants
  •  BKD, LLP
  •  First National Bank of Fort Smith
  •  Rheem

 

Academic Clubs, Organizations, and Honor Societies

 Graduates are employed with:

  • State of AR Legislative Audit Office

  • Ernst & Young

  • Przybysz & Associates

  • Baldor Electric Company (ABB)

  • Deloitte

  • First National Bank of Fort Smith

  • KPMG

  • Landmark PLC, Certified Public Accountants

  • Tyson Foods, Inc

  • ArcBest Corporation

Accreditation

AACSB Accredited