Accounting

Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Accounting

The accounting department offers an accelerated major in accounting that prepares students for careers in corporate, governmental and not-for-profit accounting, the CPA exam* or graduate study.


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Albright College Faculty

Jo Anne A. Weaver, M.B.A., CPA, Assistant Professor, Chair & Academic Program Coordinator
B.S. Mount St. Mary’s University; M.B.A. Mount St. Mary’s University; Forensic Accounting Certificate Georgetown University; C.P.A.

Gertrude A. Eguae-Obazee, Professor
B.S., Northwestern Oklahoma State University; M.B.A., Jackson State University; D.B.A., C.P.A., Wilmington University

Roberto Mandanici, Assistant Professor

B.S. Alvernia University; M.B.A. Temple University; C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M.

Joseph Cunningham, Assistant Professor
B.S., Villanova University; M.B.A., Widener University; C.P.A.


Overview

A strong accounting program teaches more than tax laws and financial reporting requirements.  Surveys of America’s corporate sector show that executives and hiring managers are looking for college graduates who adapt well to change, communicate effictively, think critically and analytically, and interact constructively with others.

The strength of the accelerated accounting undergraduate program lies in its strong practical and theoretical content emphasis to help students prepare for ethical participation in various accounting careers, which includes careers in public and private accounting and governmental and not-for-profit accounting. The program also prepares students for graduate studies in accounting, taxation, international business, and business.

Assessments frequently measure two types of outcomes, which are skills related specifically to accounting and more general, transferable career skills. The Accelerated Degree Program in accounting at Albright College requires demonstration of specific accounting competencies, such as knowledge of tax laws and financial reporting requirements. Transferable skills identified by the U.S. Department of Labor which include reading, writing, and arithmetic, problem-solving, critical thinking and communications skills are also common targets of assessments for this program.


Required Courses

  • 78 credits in general studies & elective credits
  • 48 credits in Accounting at Albright College (16 Courses — 3 credits per course)

ACC 905 Accounting: The Language of Business

ACC 908 Financial Accounting 

ACC 912 Financial Reporting I 

ACC 914 Financial Reporting II 

ACC 916 Financial Reporting III 

ACC 920 Federal Taxation: Compliance and Planning 

ACC 930 Advanced Taxation: Issues and Research 

ACC 945 Advanced Accounting 

SYN 328 Corporate Crime & Punishment

ACC 910 Managerial Accounting 

ACC 980 Strategic Cost Management 

ACC 940 Professional Responsibilities and Legal Issues 

ACC 960 Auditing I 

ACC 962 Auditing II 

ACC 950 International Accounting 

ACC 990 Accounting Issues 


Learning Goals

  1. Communicate effectively at a professional level by a) reading, b) writing, and c) speaking from a pedagogical/popular level to an appropriate professional level (e.g. accounting/business-journal quality papers, research presentations).
  2. Employ strong conceptual skills for solving business/accounting problems.
  3. Know how financial information is measured and reported to external users.
  4. Show proficiency in how companies’ internal controls are evaluated for aggregation of financial information.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of relevant professional standards and codes of conduct by recognizing the importance of ethical decision making process.
  6. Know how globalization affects organizations and their environment by identifying the impact of international financial reporting standards on the accounting profession and businesses.
  7. Proficiently use commercial software packages for projects specific to accounting and business.
  8. Identify ethical dilemmas and develop appropriate courses of action that consider the well-being of others and society.
  9. Demonstrates ability to apply tax laws to a set of data in preparation of an individual tax return and successfully utilizes tax return software to prepare an individual tax return.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to create a logical and efficient Excel spreadsheet utilizing formulas to derive results and provide analysis and effectively articulate their understanding of the results.
  11. Explain concepts and techniques from core accounting subject matter including financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, and professional responsibilities.