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Accounting Program Contents

In a typical accounting degree program students learn the skills required to conduct error-free financial reporting for accounting firms, corporations, small business, or individuals. Graduates of accounting programs have knowledge of business financial laws, tax laws and codes, and standard accounting principles and procedures.

Courses taught are designed to enhance the student's ability to properly understand business transactions and financial statements in order to make the most appropriate financial decision.

Students develop skills in computer technology, standard accounting and bookkeeping software, financial auditing, spreadsheets, tax laws, and statistical methodology. Accounting program curriculum is a combination of theory, methodology, and hands-on learning. Students learn the ability to problem solve and apply critical thinking skills in a variety of business settings.

Accounting programs typically focus on providing students with the right balance between theory of accounting principles and practical experience to be able to perform and record a variety of business transactions. Many programs offer an internship or externship opportunity near the end of the curriculum enabling the student to put into practice the skills and knowledge learned in the classroom.

Typical accounting courses include:

  • Auditing
  • Cost Accounting
  • Tax Accounting
  • Business Law
  • Corporate Accounting
  • Government and Non-Profit Taxation
  • International Financial Management
  • Fundamentals of Managerial Accounting
  • Cost Accounting

Students are introduced to the accounting cycle for service and merchandising firms, partnerships, and corporations. Students learn to create and analyze financial statements, subsidiary ledgers, and business papers. Courses taught are designed to enhance the student's ability to properly understand business transactions and financial statements in order to make the most appropriate financial decision. Students are taught the rationale for industry standard accounting practices and their effectiveness.

Whether students are seeking an associate's, bachelor's, or master's degree, one of the primary goals is to impart to the student the ability to measure the results of an organization's fiscal activity and accurately convey it to customers, management, employees, shareholders, regulatory agencies, and consumers.

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