Businessweek recently ranked Goizueta's undergraduate accounting program #3 in the U.S., and about one-third of our BBAs acquire a concentration in accounting. Our Financial Accounting and Analysis concentration, taken in conjunction with an area depth in finance, is pursued by students preparing for careers in corporate finance, financial analysis, investment banking, portfolio management, venture capital and private equity, and commercial lending. In your future career as a professional, when deciding whether to allocate capital you will have to analyze and predict future performance and risks for firms. Strong fundamental understanding of financial reporting and accounting and strong analytical and conceptual thinking are crucial components of such predictions. Our Professional Accounting (CPA) concentration is taken by students preparing for professional careers in accounting. If you follow this path, you will join professional accounting firms in their auditing, forensic, tax, or consulting practices. Other common career paths include internal audit and financial management in corporations and governmental and not-for-profit entities, as well as careers that focus on a wide range of professional capabilities to serve the business community. Corporate managers prefer the advice of accounting information experts who understand the organization as a whole and the strategic and tactical problems of senior management. Many of the top financial professionals -- the controller, the treasurer, the director of internal auditing, the director of financial planning, the vice president of finance, the chief financial officer -- are CPAs.
Accounting Area Depth Requirements
Two elective courses from the following:
May substitute one of the following related courses for an elective:
Note: Students who intend to sit for the CPA exam in the state of Georgia (and most other states) must earn 150 credit hours, including 30 hours of accountancy beyond BUS 210 & BUS 211.
Why Choose Accounting?
Accounting is the language of business, and fluency in financial reporting, the legal environment, and taxation should be part of your vocabulary. Every business decision involves choices of transaction structure, resource allocation, reporting to constituents such as shareholders, creditors, and investors, and compliance with many levels of government regulation and taxation. The Accounting area electives give you critical skills to help you make complex decisions in an ever-changing environment. Today's business world is more dynamic and complex than ever before and managers, consultants, investors, and entrepreneurs need a roadmap to that complexity. Advancing technology, globalization of commerce, and complex transactions make the environment of business and the practice of accounting extremely challenging. Successful business leaders must have a broad array of financial reporting skills and knowledge. Whether you choose an area depth in accounting or choose to round out your financial skills with a few additional elective courses, you will have a better grasp of financial forces and the choices businesses face.