Dr. William Jens, Department Head
The Bachelor of Science degree programs in accounting and finance 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. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to their organizations and society, grow personally and professionally, and pursue further graduate work. 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 accounting curricula are designed to prepare students for the accounting profession and 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. While each of the accounting curricula gives students all necessary courses to take the Uniform CPA Examination, the accounting curriculum with the Professional Accountancy and Exam Preparation concentration offers interested students a highly organized and specialized curriculum in preparation to become a professional in the field of accountancy. This curriculum directs students to specific courses advantageous in preparation for the CPA exam as well as other accounting-related professional examinations. The accounting curriculum with a concentration in taxation offers interested students a strong preparation in many diverse areas of personal and business taxations.
The finance curricula require advanced coursework in finance and provide training in the acquisition and use of funds. These curricula prepare students for positions in banking, investment, insurance, real estate, and financial management. The finance curriculum with the financial analysis concentration exposes interested students to advanced study of financial accounting disclosures combined with higher-level financial analysis.
Uniform CPA Examination
To be eligible to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination as a Louisiana resident, an applicant must possess, in addition to other requirements, academic credit for not less than 150 hours of post-secondary, graduate, or post-graduate education. The Bachelor of Science in Accounting curricula fulfills the specific course requirements for sitting for this professional examination in Louisiana. Details of the Louisiana CPA requirements and recommendations for meeting the education requirements are available from the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics, as well as from the website of the State Board of CPAs of Louisiana: cpaboard.state.la.us/.
Students in the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Economics must meet all of the graduation requirements listed in the Degree and Graduation Requirements section of the Academic Regulations page.
ProgramsBachelor of Science
- Accounting, No Concentration, BS
- Accounting, Professional Accountancy and Exam Preparation Concentration, BS
- Accounting, Taxation Concentration, BS
- Finance, Financial Analysis Concentration, BS
- Finance, No Concentration, BS