The language of business.
It involves the recognition, measurement, recording, reporting and analysis of economic events that affect decision-making processes. It is the way that companies keep score of how successful they are, whether this is measured by profit or growth. Majoring in accounting at St. Mary’s University allows you to be a decision maker in the business world.
Individuals who enjoy using analytical skills, making decisions, and explaining decision outcomes to others should consider this major. Additionally, students who enjoy working with people, are challenged by continuous learning requirements, and have a strong commitment to career advancement may choose to pursue a professional accounting career path.
Accounting majors interview for business, finance or management positions. Other employment possibilities include external auditing, corporate tax and governmental accounting. Specialty areas include environmental accounting, assurance services, financial planning and forensic accounting. Other opportunities include:
- Public accounting (CPA)
- Personal financial planning
- Tax consulting
- Management consulting
- Auditing and accounting for various local, state and federal government agencies
For degree requirements and detailed course descriptions, see the Undergraduate Catalog.
Thomas Madison, Ph.D., CPA