Accounting is of major importance to organizations in today’s business environment. It is used to provide quantitative information, primarily financial in nature, about economic entities that are intended to be useful in making business decisions.
The role of today’s accountant extends well beyond the traditional duties of bookkeeper, encompassing a wide range of financial activities including planning, analysis, and problem solving. Contemporary accounting focuses on the ultimate needs of the users of financial information and provides information to assist these users in making reasoned choices among financial alternatives. Majors in accounting will be exposed to all aspects of the accounting profession, including financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, income taxes and auditing. Courses are also offered in other accounting areas of interest.
The Accounting Program is flexibly designed to meet the needs of students who wish to prepare for the CPA Exam (150-credit requirement) and those who wish to pursue other career paths. Students are prepared for graduate studies in accounting, finance, management, public administration, international business, and law.
Each student is assigned an advisor from among the accounting faculty and receives personal attention regarding educational and career guidance. This includes information on corporate job opportunities, CPA certification, on-campus interviews, and an internship program available with large and small accounting firms.
The major leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and prepares students to enter Ramapo College’s 4+1 MSAC program to earn a Master’s degree in Accounting, thereby satisfying the 150 credit requirement for the CPA.
The Accounting Program provides a foundation which the graduate can use to pursue a number of different career paths. These include public accounting (CPA), corporate accounting, and international accounting. An accounting degree also provides a solid foundation for career paths in government, finance, and management.
The full-time Accounting faculty includes eight members, five of whom are Certified Public Accountants and six with a Doctorate in Accounting. In addition, the faculty has a broad and varied range of professional accounting and related business experience. This experience enables the faculty to share both the theoretical and practical aspects of accounting with students. All faculty members participate in continuing professional education programs in order to stay proficient in contemporary issues.