Accountancy (AC)

Professors: R. Bloom, G. P. Weinstein, A. L. Nagy (Chair), K. Schuele; Associate Professor: M. Webinger; Assistant Professors: M. Sheldon, J. Garcia, T. Petzel; Executives-in-Residence: A. Choi, D. Dailey

The mission of the Department of Accountancy is to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for careers in professional accounting and for licensure as Certified Public Accountants. This preparation is realized through a broad-based, liberal arts education consistent with the values and characteristics of Jesuit higher education and congruent with the missions of the University and the Boler College of Business to develop the student as a total person. The department further seeks to develop and provide quality service courses for other undergraduate and graduate areas of study within the University as well as service to other internal and external constituencies.

To achieve this mission, the Department of Accountancy mandates its faculty to:

  • Demonstrate quality in the classroom through teaching that stresses rigor, discipline, method, and high standards.
  • Make intellectual contributions; maintain currency with regard to professional practice; pursue professional interactions; and serve campus, community, professional, and academic organizations.
  • Promote active faculty-student rapport through student advising, mentoring, and career guidance.
  • Recognize ever-changing business conditions by exposing students to aspects of global business, information technology, and the application of professional ethics/morals, as well as instilling technical competence and analytical skills.

Prospective accountancy majors must complete AC 201-202 with a minimum grade of C in each course before being accepted as majors. Furthermore, it is strongly recommended that majors earn at least a C in EC 201-202 and EC 210.

A significant number of graduates begin their careers with public accounting firms while others obtain positions in industry, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Upon completion of the accountancy program, graduates may seek professional certification by taking the examinations to become, for example, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), or a Certified Internal Auditor (CIA).

To qualify for the CPA certificate in virtually every state, including Ohio, the candidate must complete 150 credit hours of college-level credit or satisfy alternate prequalification options. Accordingly, students are encouraged to discuss the various options with a member of the Department of Accountancy. Students normally complete a master’s degree in the fifth year of study.

Accounting, the “language of business,” is fundamental to successful management as well as the basis for maintaining credible stewardship of any sizable organization. Accountancy majors are exposed to aspects of international accounting and the application of professional ethics throughout the curriculum. While the orientation is to instill technical competence and develop analytical skills in accounting, the department is aware that its majors must have a firm background in the liberal arts, sciences, business administration, and communications.

Requirements for the Accounting major can be found here.

Courses and programs for graduate students appear in the Graduate Studies Bulletin.