According to the U.S. Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook
, employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through the year 2014.* Contributing to this expected growth are an increase in the number of businesses, changing financial laws and regulations, and increased scrutiny of company finances. The growth of international business also has led to a greater demand for accounting expertise and services related to international trade and accounting rules, as well as to international mergers and acquisitions.
The Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a concentration in Accounting
combines general education courses that can provide liberal arts foundation with a coherent business core that is designed to provide a foundation for careers in business and management or preparation for advanced study. This program is designed to provide a solid base of knowledge for any business professional. It also provides a foundation for students who wish to pursue an advanced degree at the Master's level. The BBA degree meets the lower-levels requirement (180 credits) of the Master of Business Administration (MBA).
The BBA with a concentration in Accounting can help prepare students interested in playing a role in the accounting, financial, auditing and tax functions of organizations across all business sectors. Some common career paths with this program include:
Challenging, Relevant Coursework
- Tax Associate
- Financial Analyst
- Forecast Manager
- Financial Services Representative
- Investment Associate
- Financial Advisor
- Group Accounting Analyst
- Internal Senior Auditor
- Senior Accountant
- Payroll Compliance Analyst
- Financial Cost Analyst
- and many others
The BBA with a concentration in Accounting features industry-relevant coursework taught by faculty members with real-world experience in the accounting field. Learning from experienced instructors, you can absorb meaningful knowledge that can immediately be applied in real-world professional situations. Instructors will cover material, including:
- The role of accounting as an information system and the treatment of economic resources.
- The financial statements required for both internal reporting and the Annual Report required by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).
- Business and individual taxation as well as the tax implications of decision-making.
- The understanding and application of audit techniques to plan and implement an audit of financial statements.
Students who successfully complete the program should be able to:
- Apply accounting principles to prepare financial statements.
- Recognize audit and taxation issues that impact strategic decision-making.
- Use knowledge and skills of accounting to conduct a financial analysis of organizational decisions.
- Examine opportunities in the accounting and financial functions to recognize potential leadership roles in both profit and non-for-profit organizations.
- Recognize and resolve ethical issues in financial reporting.
- Recognize the impact of technology and utilize the appropriate tools to prepare financial reports.
- Use written and verbal communication skills to effectively present problem-solving results and audit reports.