Department Head: Ann L. Watkins
Faculty: Badua, Burckel, Caples, Contreras, Foshee, Kurth, McNiel, Mishra, Rahman, Swindle, Walker, J. Watts, O. Watts
The Accounting, Finance, and Economics programs are designed to prepare graduates to meet the challenges from strong and growing global forces, conflicting values, changing technology, and demographic diversity among employees and customers. Graduateswill be prepared to contribute to their organizations and society, grow personally and professionally, and pursue further graduate work. The geographic orientation of each degree program is national, with an international orientation and regional overtones. The primary emphasis of the Department’s mission is quality teaching enhanced by scholarly productivity and application through service to the business and academic community.
The Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics offers curricula leading to the following degrees:
- Bachelor of Science in Accounting
- Bachelor of Science in Finance
- Bachelor of Science in Finance, Economics concentration
The Accounting curriculum prepares students for the accounting profession. For the qualified person, accounting offers unlimited opportunities in business, industry, government, and public accounting. The profession requires a strong foundation in general education and business courses in addition to thorough training in accounting subjects. The Finance curriculum requires advanced course work in finance and provides training in the acquisition and use of funds. It prepares the student for positions in banking, investment, insurance, real estate, and financial management. The Finance with Economics concentration curriculum requires advanced course work in economics and finance and emphasizes the theoretical and practical aspects of the field of economics. It prepares the student for positions as economists in business or government.
Degree candidates for the Bachelors of Science in Accounting, Finance, or Finance with a concentration in Economics must fulfill the requirements listed under “College-Wide Requirements” in the College of Business section of this catalog and complete the prescribed curriculums with a minimum grade of “C” in all major courses.
To be eligible to sit for the CPA examination in Louisiana, an applicant must possess, in addition to other requirements, credit for not less than 150 hours of post-secondary, or graduate, or post-graduate education. Details of the Louisiana CPA requirements and recommendations for meeting the education requirements are available from the department head.