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In keeping with the program focus on CPA Exam preparation, students in ACCT 3510: Accounting Information Systems, gain experience with Microsoft Excel and Access, as well as other data analytics tools.
Students receive professional grooming in ACCT 3810: Professional Development in Accountancy, through the integration of writing, research, oral communication, and teamwork exercises that supplement the development of highly desired graduates.
Software Skills • Oral Communication • Writing • Professionalism • Teamwork • Expertise
Through most of your freshman and sophomore years as an accounting major, you’ll take courses drawn primarily from the university core curriculum. These courses promote the development of key skills and prepare you for the rigorous training in your major.
The rigorous training starts in the second semester of your sophomore year with “Principles of Financial Accounting,” an introductory course that provides the foundation for the major. Please visit the Office of Professional & Career Development your sophomore year to start preparing for your job search. You need to gain some relevant work experience prior to interviewing for your accounting internship during your senior year.
In your junior year, you’ll start the major course work for your degree. During this year, you should join the Financial Leadership Society when enrolled in ACCT 3110 Intermediate Accounting I, and Beta Alpha Psi (BAP), the accounting honorary, when enrolled in ACCT 3120 Intermediate Accounting II. FLS and BAP will provide networking opportunities for internships and summer leadership conferences. Most students will also begin the internship job interview process during the spring semester.
In your senior year, you’ll complete your course work and consider the Harbert Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. Students who structure their education efficiently can graduate with a BSBA in Accountancy and a Master of Accountancy in five years, and finish the CPA Exam while enrolled in the Harbert MAcc Program. This combination will assure you of the best career options.