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Accounting

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Accounting

Address: West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Department of Accounting
College of Business and Public Management
Fourth Floor
Business and Public Management Center
50 Sharpless Street
West Chester, PA 19383

Phone: 610-436-3460

Name: Dr. Richard Barndt
Position: Department Chair
Email: RBarndt@wcupa.edu

Name: Tammi Simpson
Position: Department Secretary
Email: TSimpson@wcupa.edu

Academics

Accounting Major

The Accounting Department within the College of Business and Public Management offers a full program of accounting courses to enable students to start careers in both the public and private accounting sectors.

West Chester University has always been reputed for its teaching excellence. The School of Business faculty members are an integral part of this tradition. The commitment of our faculty members to teaching excellence directly facilitates the success of our students.

Our experience in the past decade has indicated that students who successfully complete the B.S. in Accounting program are adequately prepared to succeed on the first attempt at the CPA and CMA examinations immediately after graduation.

The Accounting Department also works with students to help meet the recent Pennsylvania requirement of obtaining 150 credit hours to receive the CPA certificate. Since students have a variety of options for the extra thirty credits, meeting with a faculty member is beneficial.

The accounting curriculum is sufficiently broad to facilitate a career choice in business, government, consulting and public accounting. The curriculum also has adequate depth to provide students with a solid foundation to successfully attempt the CPA and CMA examinations or pursue advanced degrees in any of the business disciplines.

The Business program at WCU is designed to meet AACSB standards. Consequently, the general education requirements for accounting majors exceed the general university requirements.

Our AACSB accreditation status indicates that we voluntarily commit to participate in a systematic program of quality enhancement and continuous improvement.

B.S. - Accounting Guidelines

Dual Major B.S. - Accounting and Finance Guidelines

Dual Major B.S. - Accounting and Finance 5 Year (150 Hour) Guidelines

Learning Goals

Students completing the B.S. degree in accounting should be able to:

  1. Understand basic accounting concepts.
  2. Critically analyze accounting problems and develop solutions.
  3. Use quantitative methods and technology to analyze accounting problems.
  4. Effectively communicate information of an accounting nature through written and oral presentation.
  5. Effectively interact with others as part of a team.
  6. Understand the importance of ethical decision making in accounting.
  7. Understand the impact of globalization on accounting.

Accounting Minor

There are opportunities for students to obtain a Minor in Accounting. With proactive planning, it is possible for a student to meet the requirements for this minor within a four-year period. Students who are interested in the Minor in Accounting program are advised to contact their academic advisors as early as possible for guidance.

Guidelines

Admissions

To be admitted into the Minor in Accounting, students must have an overall GPA of 2.5. To earn the Minor in Accounting, a minimum grade of C must be attained in all prerequisite and core courses in addition to an overall GPA of 2.5 or better. The prerequisite course requirements include: ECO 111, ACC 201, and ACC 202.

White Collar Crime Minor

There are opportunities for students to obtain a White Collar Crime minor. With proactive planning, it is possible for a student to meet the requirements for this minor within a four-year period. Students who are interested in the White Collar Crime minor are advised to contact their academic advisors as early as possible for guidance.

Guidelines

Admissions

To be admitted into the White Collar Crime minor, students must have an overall GPA of 2.5. To earn the White Collar Crime minor, a minimum grade of C must be attained in all core and elective courses within the minor - in addition to maintain an overall GPA of 2.5 or better.