Explore the popular, career-focused accounting and financial management major, which prepares you to become an ethically-grounded and socially responsible financial professional.
A successful accounting career requires more than technical knowledge; it calls for well-rounded accounting and finance expertise rooted in a commitment to making a difference. Hiram’s accounting and financial management majors are inquisitive and eager to develop analytical skills. They are leaders on campus, often involved in student body organizations and athletics. By the time they graduate, they’re prepared to pursue multifaceted, high-achieving careers.
The accounting curriculum, embedded in the liberal arts, focuses on developing students’ analytical, critical thinking and communication skills and emphasizes the integration of theory and its practical application. You will be strongly encouraged to extend your learning beyond the classroom setting through:
- course projects simulating real-world experiences
- study abroad programs.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills lead to success in the field, so you will experience a concentration on writing in all your courses. This emphasis prepares you with both the technical and analytical skills employers value in the workplace.
As an accounting major, you are encouraged to pursue your interests outside of accounting and finance. For example, past students have paired their study of accounting with physics, theatre, computer science, and entrepreneurship.
This major is available fully online.
Amanda Armeni, CPA, (2009) Associate Professor of Accounting
B.S., Mount Union College;
M.Acc., University of Notre Dame
Romeva B Prcela, CPA, (2017) Assistant Professor of Accounting
B.S., M.Acc., Case Western Reserve University
Earl T Kissell, CPA, (1988) Professor Emeritus of Accounting
B.S., Xavier University;
M.Acc., Bowling Green State University
ACCOUNTING AND BUSINESS BASICS ~ Whether as a consumer, potential investor, or employee, most students will be exposed to the “business world” at some point in their career. This course will introduce students to the different forms of business an organization can take on as well as the accountant’s role within those organizations. Students will also learn the very basics of how to account for business transactions as well as how to read and interpret an organization’s financial statements. This course is intended for students who are NOT majoring in accounting & financial management or management. Students majoring in accounting & financial management or management should enroll in ACCT 22500.
WORKSHOP: ~ Workshops may be taken Pass/No Credit only. Students may take no more than nine workshops for credit toward graduation. Workshops can be used as elective credit only.
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING:CA ~ An introduction to financial accounting concepts and the accounting equation. Accounting transactions are followed through the accounting cycle, including preparation of journal entries, t-accounts, and the financial statements. The major financial statements, their components, and alternative accounting approaches are studied.
Core: Social/Cultural Analysis Meth
MANAGERIAL ACCOUNTING ~ An introduction to the accounting information needs of management. Basic managerial/cost accounting topics, such as job costing, process costing, cost-volume-profit analysis, budgets, variance analysis, operational decision making, and financial statement analysis are examined.
PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES:ES ~ Leaving the development of ethical boundaries to chance is no longer an acceptable practice. The activities of professional firms in the 2000's have fundamentally changed the expectations for the behavior of business professionals. Corporate risk management practices must now include ethics risk management practices that aim to ensure the reputation of the individuals of the firm, as well as the reputation of the firm itself, is not tarnished. The Professional Responsibilities course will provide an understanding of why ethics has become a critical success factor for firms, specific rules governing required behavior for accounting professionals, types of ethical decisions that professionals can be faced with, in the form of videos and case studies, and how ethical behavior and decision making can be guided and improved upon.
Core: Meaning/Ethics/Soc Responsibil
SEMINAR ~ An introduction to selected topics of current interest in Accounting.
INDEPENDENT STUDY ~
FIELD EXPERIENCE ~
FEDERAL TAXATION ACCOUNTING ~ This course is designed to teach students to recognize major issues inherent in the taxation of corporations, flow-through entities, individuals, and financial transactions. The course focuses on fundamental tax concepts, the mastery of which will enable students to incorporate tax factors into business and personal tax planning.
AUDITING ~ This course addresses the unique challenges faced by auditors in a continuously evolving business environment. Students develop an understanding of methods used to verify accounting procedures, internal controls, and financial statements, as well as the role that professional ethics and internal audit play in the audit environment. An introduction to statistical sampling and the use of audit software is also a focus of the course.
Prerequisite: (ACCT 20800 and ACCT 20700) or ACCT 22500
COST MANAGEMENT ~ Students learn how to analyze and interpret cost information as a basis for strategic decision making and planning. Subjects include various methods of cost measurement, budgeting, control and performance evaluation and analysis, and behavioral issues.
Prerequisite: MGMT 22500 or ACCT 22500
FINANCIAL STATEMENT ANALYSIS AND VALUATION ~ This course develops practical analysis tools to enable students to analyze financial statements to obtain an indication of the underlying value of firms. The course teaches valuation from an earnings-based approach, but also discusses discounted cash flow analysis.
Prerequisite: ACCT 35200
DECISION MAKING USING FINANCIAL MODELS ~ This course discusses current financial and accounting issues. The course then develops financial models utilizing Excel spreadsheets, enabling students to perform simulation analysis to make better managerial decisions.
ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS ~ Accounting Information Systems (AIS) explores the basic concepts of AIS, core business process and Enterprise-wide Risk Management Polices to enable students to understand and evaluate Information Systems to safeguard assets and provide reliable financial information for decision making purposes. This course is also taught as ACCT 34100 for 4 credit hours.
ACCOUNTING INFORMATION SYSTEMS ~ Accounting Information Systems (AIS) explores the basic concepts of AIS, core business process and Enterprise-wide Risk Management Polices to enable students to understand and evaluate Information Systems to safeguard assets and provide reliable financial information for decision making purposes. This course is also taught as ACCT 34000 for 3 credit hours.
INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING ~ This course is a continuation of some of the concepts learned in Financial Accounting. Area of focus includes asset determination and measurement as well as principles of revenue recognition and expense measurement.
INTERMEDIATE ACCOUNTING II ~ Continuation of Intermediate Accounting I. This course examines financial theory and financial statement reporting practices, including evaluation of current issues and practices related to long-term debt, bonds, leases, pensions, stock-based compensation, and earnings per share. Prerequisite: ACCT 35100 or permission.
Prerequisite: ACCT 35100
SPECIAL TOPICS ~
ADVANCED ACCOUNTING ~ This course enhances students' ability to determine the financial effects and implications for financial reporting of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate structure changes. Additional topics include SEC and interim financial reporting, foreign currency translation, and accounting for governmental and non-profit entities. This course is also offered in a 4 credit hour format as ACCT 44100.
Prerequisite: ACCT 35200 or MGMT 35200
ADVANCED ACCOUNTING ~ This course enhances students' ability to determine the financial effects and implications for financial reporting of mergers, acquisitions, and other corporate structure changes. Additional topics include SEC and interim financial reporting, foreign currency translation, and accounting for governmental and non-profit entities. This course is also offered in a 3 credit hour format as ACCT 44000.
Prerequisite: ACCT 35200 or MGMT 35200
SENIOR CAPSTONE ~ This course is designed as a capstone to the accounting and financial management majors. Students will have an opportunity to integrate and apply their course work through an analysis of significant issues in the profession. They will research these issues, review the professional literature, identify and analyze alternatives, and recommend resolutions which are supported by the appropriate justification. Students will also be required to read and discuss texts that are important to the profession and engage with current event topics.
Prerequisite: ACCT 35200
INDEPENDENT RESEARCH ~