Accounting and Information Systems
359 SOM Building
Degree: Bachelor of Business Administration
Contact: Ronald C. Mannino
Chair of Department: Associate Professor Ronald C. Mannino. Professors Elgers, Kida, Pfeiffer; Associate Professors Agoglia, Asebrook, Gal, Simpson, Smith, Whiteman; Assistant Professor Piercy; Lecturers Akisik, Kelliher, Milne, D. Shmerling, S. Shmerling, Sorcinelli, Trafford, West.
Accounting is often referred to as the language of business. Today’s accountants are highly skilled professionals who identify, measure, communicate, and interpret economic information. Whether in the largest accounting firm in the world or the smallest not-for-profit organization, accountants use their knowledge and skills to provide information and advice on many different issues.
Note: Students who plan to seek the professional designation CPA should meet with a faculty adviser concerning the educational requirements for certification. Requirements are mandated by each state. For states other than Massachusetts, students should obtain information concerning educational requirements from the appropriate state board of accountancy, before final selection of courses to ensure that the requirements will be met. A number of states, including Massachusetts, now require 150 semester-hours of education to qualify for the CPA exam. Interested students should meet with a faculty adviser to discuss how best to satisfy the 150-hour requirement or contact the Graduate Program Director, James F. Smith.
Required freshman-sophomore and Isenberg School core courses (see under Isenberg School of Management).
Required courses in the major:
ACCOUNTG 311 Business Applications of Computers or
MANAGMNT 361 Law II—Contracts or
Electives sufficient to reach a minimum of 21 hours in accounting courses. Following is a sample of courses that can be taken as additional electives:
Four electives outside the Isenberg School of Management (12 cr).
Additional electives to bring the total to the 120 credits required for graduation.
The demand for accounting professionals is strong. The need for financial information by businesses, government agencies, and investors furthers the need for individuals with an accounting education.
Students wishing to graduate with departmental honors must meet university and departmental requirements, including completion of at least eight honors courses, among which should be one accounting course at the 300 level or higher, one accounting or SCH-MGMT honors course at any level, and completion of a Capstone Experience Option. Contact Commonwealth College or the department for options.
(Students who have completed the Isenberg School of Management freshman-sophomore requirements may apply for admission as a major in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems.)