Accounting

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the Business Department of Alvernia University. We hope you’ll take some time to get acquainted with our Accounting major.

Accounting is an important and time-honored career with outstanding job opportunities. Individuals, companies and corporations rely on accountants to advise them on financial matters and help manage their money. Accountants should be detail-oriented, organized and have good problem solving skills. Good communication skills are important, and, because they handle other people’s money, accountants must possess a very high level of integrity.

As an accounting major at Alvernia University, you’ll develop professional skills that prepare you for a career in management accounting or public accounting. You’ll learn far more than what is contained in textbooks, because you’ll experience “real-life learning” that enables you to link your classroom experiences to the larger community and, indeed, the world.

Faculty members at Alvernia teach about business from both practical and ethical standpoints. This gives you the knowledge you’ll need to succeed professionally, because it develops supervisory and managerial skills that are necessary to advance in your career.

All of Alvernia University’s Business Department programs – including Accounting – are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business School and Programs (ACBSP) and by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

YOUR CAREER

The work of accounting involves far more than just crunching numbers. Accounting is a blend of problem solving, analysis and communication — important skills you’ll have a chance to develop as an accounting major at Alvernia University.

Accountants work in a variety of fields. You might want to be a partner in an accounting firm, the chief financial officer of a corporation or an investigator for the Internal Revenue Service. Perhaps you’re interested in a career as an international trade specialist or international business manager. Accountants also work as budget analysts, comptrollers and certified management accountants.

It’s good news that accounting jobs are expected to increase by 13 percent between the present time and 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Accounting graduates who earn Certified Public Accountant or Certified Management Accountant designations in addition to their degrees can further improve their job prospects, as the demand for accounting services has grown due to new financial regulations.

For more information about the accounting field and to get an idea of some jobs currently available, go to the website of the American Accounting Association at aaahq.org. To learn more about different areas within the field of accounting, see Investopedia’s article at http://www.investopedia.com/articles/financialcareers/08/accounting.asp.

Some accounting students pursue graduate degrees after graduation, either at Alvernia or other colleges and universities. Others work to achieve professional certification, such as testing to become a certified public accountant (CPA) or Certified Management Accountant (CMA).

Alvernia offers a special program for motivated students — a MBA + 1 option. By declaring interest in your junior year, you could be eligible to enroll in a 30-credit Master of Business Administration degree program that you complete in just one year. You would extend your stay at Alvernia for an extra year, finishing after five years with both an undergraduate and graduate degree.

For more information about Alvernia’s Accounting program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu.

YOUR CURRICULUM

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. View your Major Academic Plan (MAP) by year here.

Accounting majors must complete 58 credits in the major. Required courses are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 252 Intermediate Accounting I
BUS 253 Intermediate Accounting II
BUS 301 Advanced Accounting
BUS 304 Federal Taxation
BUS 305 Accounting Info Systems
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 400 Cost Accounting
BUS 402 Auditing
BUS 410 Financial Markets
BUS 411 Corporate Finance
BUS 426 Strategic Management
BUS 438  Business Seminar
ECON 248 Macroeconomics
ECON 249 Microeconomics
MAT 208 Introductory Statistics or MAT 209 Probability and Statistics

Accounting majors also can complete a 12-credit concentration in fraud examination. This concentration includes courses necessary to provide you with the core competencies needed to excel in fraud examination. By completing the courses necessary for this concentration, you’ll be prepared to sit for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam.

Attaining fraud examiner certification can be extremely useful if you’re pursuing a career in a field such as accounting, human resources, management, criminal justice or insurance.

Required courses in the fraud examination concentration are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting OR BUS 250 Accounting Principles
BUS 205 Fraud Examination
BUS 215 Forensic Accounting

Students who major in another area can minor in business by earning 21 credits. Required courses for a business minor are:

BUS 101 Financial Accounting
BUS 200 Managerial Accounting
BUS 206 Management Principles
BUS 207 Marketing Principles
BUS 342 Business Law
BUS 410 Financial Markets
ECON 248 Macroeconomics OR ECON 249 Microeconomics




Department Chair

Dr. Samuel M. Bradley
Associate Professor of Business
Business Department Chair




1.888.alvernia
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