Financial records are necessary to any organization whether it be a national company or a one-person repair shop. No organization can survive without the recording, organization, interpretation and communication of financial information. The person responsible for these functions is the accountant.
Accounting can be called the language of business. Its roots go back thousands of years to a time when an exchange of goods was recorded on pieces of clay. Today's accountants use sophisticated computers and communications equipment for their work. Intelligent and accurate management decisions are dependent upon the ability of accountants to analyze and interpret the data they compile on these machines.
The major provides students with traditional technical accounting skills, as well as expanded skills in analytical reasoning, problem solving, computers, and oral and written communication. The accounting program prepares students to succeed in careers with public accounting firms, corporations, and non-profit organizations.
The accounting profession has evolved from a narrow specialty to a broad-based profession. Today's accountants find themselves working as tax-consultants, management consultants, information technologists, litigation specialists, and chief financial and executive officers of major corporations.
The curriculum at SDSU has been designed to offer an integrated educational experience in the sub-disciplines of financial accounting, managerial accounting, taxation, information systems, and auditing.
SDSU's undergraduate accounting curriculum is unique. Its core consists of three six-unit classes that integrate the technical material that is traditionally taught in functional accounting classes.
These courses provide students with a thorough technical knowledge of accounting, as well as expanded competencies in the following areas:
- Information technology
- Interpersonal relations
- Problem solving
- Business strategy and processes
The School of Accountancy is the first and one of only four accredited accounting programs in California.
The Graduate Tax Program is considered by the "Big Five" accounting firms to be among the top 20 in the United States.
Business Honors Program - The program challenges students to integrate their Business education with material across the university and within the broader community. Students in the program build strong critical thinking skills and are challenged to apply those skills in a broad context.
Business Advising Center - The mission of the Business Advising Center is to enhance the quality of the College's undergraduate program by providing information, counseling, and advising to current and prospective undergraduate students.
A Board of Directors composed of stellar local and national business leaders provides direction to the College of Business Administration on a regular basis.
Growing with the increased complexity of the business world, accounting continues to offer a wide choice of careers and opportunities for salary advancement. Some of the more common specialties for accounting majors are the following:
- Auditors examine the financial records of businesses, government agencies, or private citizens;
- Budget and forecast accountants prepare budget proposals;
- Cost accountants establish the expense associated with producing an item or providing a service;
- Controllers supervise the accounting functions of a business organization;
- Systems and procedures accountants devise and install new accounting systems based on analyses of present and projected needs;
- Tax accountants prepare federal, state and local tax returns, provide information on how to minimize taxes, and analyze the effects on tax liabilities of any projected changes in policy, operations, and accounting practices.
A wide variety of organizations recruit SDSU accounting graduates, including all of the major accounting firms.
You can view more complete information regarding the Accounting program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.