- Bachelor of Business Administration
Stetson University's Accounting program will prepare you for a multitude of careers as an accounting, financial or management professional who can serve a variety of organizations including public accounting and consulting firms, public and private corporations, government entities and not-for-profit organizations.
Successful accountants must be knowledgeable within their field. As a student, you will gain a strong understanding of accounting, taxation, information systems and business. In addition, you will develop skills that are critical to your future – problem-solving, oral and written communication, and critical thinking. Students who are self-motivated, organized, detail-oriented, logical and able to multi-task are particularly well-suited to accounting.
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Explore Our Program
Like all majors in Stetson's School of Business Administration, accounting majors are afforded a liberal arts education complemented by exposure to the various business disciplines. Your education is designed to develop your communication skills, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and reasoning and ability to leverage technology.
The accounting major consists of six required courses, including
- financial accounting
- individual taxation
- cost-managerial accounting
- database management
- one required elective
- one required elective
- a required accounting colloquium
Your elective is chosen from a menu of accounting and technology courses based on your interest. The accounting colloquium is unique to Stetson and is designed to enhance student understanding of the accounting profession and what it means to be a member of a profession, professional ethics and integrity, the regulatory environment of accounting, career opportunities in accounting and accounting licenses and credentials.
Many of our accounting majors double major (e.g., in finance) or complete a minor (e.g., business systems analysis). Experiential learning is a key component of our curriculum. Students complete simulations, tax returns, cases and projects in class. Many of our students participate in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, preparing tax returns for low-income taxpayers.
In addition to academic coursework, a number of our students complete one or more internships during their time at Stetson. In fact, internships are highly recommended and may be part-time or full-time, paid or unpaid. They are taken either during the academic year or the summer.
Academic credit can be earned for internships meeting certain requirements. In recent years, our students have interned with Big 4 and local accounting firms, corporations (Siemens, TopBuild, International Speedway Corporation, Brown & Brown, and Disney) and governmental entities (the County of Volusia and the Florida Department of Transportation).
Our rigorous accounting curriculum is delivered in small classes by faculty who have your best interest at heart.
- Michael Bitter, PhD, University of Mississippi; CPA, CGMA
- Valrie Chambers, PhD, University of Houston; CPA
- Bonnie Holloway, MBA, Stetson University; CPA
- Patrick McNamee, MS, University of Virginia; CPA
- Monica Mendoza, PhD, University of Florida; CPA
- Erin Nickell
- Maria Rickling, PhD, Florida International University
Graduates of our accounting program are expected to continue to be in high demand by employers at attractive salaries.
Accounting jobs are expected to increase by 22 percent from 2008 to 2018 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). With an undergraduate degree in accounting, employment opportunities exist in accounting and related fields with corporations, consulting firms, governments and not-for-profit entities.
Many employers hire accounting majors for positions in finance and management.
Some of our graduates also choose to pursue a master of accountancy or a master of business administration or law degree. As an accounting major, you will be provided with a solid foundation for law school, particularly for students who are interested in tax, business or securities law.
Our accounting program has a history of outstanding student performance on the Uniform CPA examination.
Graduates who complete 150 hours of coursework and qualify for CPA licensure - often by completing our master of accountancy program - typically accept employment with a local, regional, national or international CPA firm primarily in the audit/assurance or tax areas. They have also accepted positions with publicly-held companies and government entities like the Internal Revenue Service. Through the University Office of Career and Professional Development, we continue to host recruiting visits from some of the Big 4 firms and strong regional CPA firms, corporations and government agencies.
Historically, the Institute's domestic students have achieved 100 percent placement within three months of graduation.
Some employers of our recent graduates include
Students graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting will discover more than a dozen different career paths available to them, including tax analyst, financial manager, compliance officer and investment specialist. Students also can continue their education with a Master of Accounting degree and become a Certified Public Accountant. Florida is one of the top five states for accounting majors and nearly 82% of all job listing ask for or require a bachelor's degree.
Source: Burning Glass Technologies 2019.
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