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Austin E. Cofrin School of Business


Major and Minor in Accounting


Both the major and minor in Accounting are disciplinary. "Disciplinary" means that all accounting students receive vigorous and thorough training in accounting. More than 90 percent of UW-Green Bay Accounting graduates typically find employment in their chosen career within six months of graduation. Alumni surveys indicate that alumni perceive the Accounting program very favorably, their program of study prepared them extremely well for their careers, the quality of the Accounting faculty is "excellent" and they would definitely recommend the program to others. Recent surveys also suggest that well over 30 percent of the Accounting graduates pass all four parts of the C.P.A. exam during their first sitting; of those who take it a second time, 75 percent pass all four parts. These figures compare very favorably with the national averages, where the first time pass rate is approximately 20 percent.

These successes may be attributed to Accounting’s contempo¬rary and rigorous curriculum, a dedication to teaching excellence and to an emphasis on the skills basic to career ad¬vancement such as effective writ¬ing, speaking, quan¬titative analysis, computer proficiency, decision making and problem solving. In the Accounting program you gain both the in-depth accounting knowl¬edge and the broad background in business needed to understand the role of accounting in the business world.

Accounting faculty are committed to serving the needs of business and society and to providing an outstanding learning environment.

The Accounting program addresses contemporary accounting and business issues, including the role of accounting in continuous quality improvement, the implementation of computer technology, advances in accounting information systems and ac¬counting ethics. These issues and more are addressed in spe¬cif¬ic classes and throughout the curriculum. Today's business¬es require employees who are effective com¬municators and prob¬lem solvers with broad-based liberal educations. Accounting students take courses that develop their communi¬cation skills and they gain breadth through courses in the arts, humani¬ties, social sciences and natural sciences.

Extensive opportunities are available to meet business profes¬sionals and to gain practical experience. Active student organiza¬tions, such as the Accounting Students Association, provide opportunities to meet others with like interests and to develop contacts with businesses. Participation in the internship program is strongly encouraged. Here students learn while working in an actual business setting. Many students continue working full-time for their internship sponsors upon graduation.

Since the major in Accounting is a disciplinary major, the student must complete an interdisciplinary minor. Students who complete the Accounting major automatically fulfill the requirements for the minor in Business Administration. (The Business Administration minor requirement of BUS ADM 202 or BUS ADM 282 is waived for students obtaining an Accounting major.) Students who wish to minor in a program other than Business Administration should consult with their advisor.