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Catalog 2003-2004
Accounting (BS)
School of Administration and Business

Requirements of the Major
Convener: Raymond Rigoli
Advisors: Constance Crawford
Maryellen Harvey
Anita Stellenwerf

About the Major

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 current accounting areas of interest, such as international accounting and governmental/not-for-profit-accounting.

The accounting program is flexibly designed to meet the needs of students who wish to prepare for the CPA Exam 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 a personal 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.

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 five members, all Certified Public Accountants and one 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. A small number of visiting professors with a wide range of experience also teach courses in the program.

Rules For Acceptance into the Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems, and International Business Majors:

Ramapo Students

1. Students with less than 45 credits who indicate Accounting, Business Administration, Information Systems or International Business as their major will be accepted as provisional business students.

2. Provisional students are automatically evaluated at the end of the semester they achieve 45 or more credits. Students must have a 2.5 GPA or better at 45 credits for official acceptance into SAB.

3. Students who have achieved a GPA of 2.5 or better at 45 credits will receive written
notification of their acceptance into the School of Administration and Business.
Students with a GPA below 2.5 will be notified in writing to contact The
Advisement Center to choose another major as well as their right to submit an

Returning Ramapo Students and Transfer Students

1. Students transferring into Ramapo or with 45 or more credits must have an overall GPA of 2.5 or better to be accepted into the School of Administration and Business.

2. Students transferring into Ramapo with less than 45 credits will be accepted into SAB as
provisional students and evaluated on only their Ramapo credits at the end of the semester
they achieve 45 or more credits. At least 15 credits must be Ramapo credits.

3. Transfer students or returning Ramapo students with 45 or more credits and a GPA of less than 2.5 who have been out of school for more than 3 years may be accepted as provisional business students. Students must attain a minimum GPA of 2.5 or better for one semester (15 credits) in order to continue the major.

For information on the 2.5 GPA Policy Appeals Process, see your Business advisor or the SAB Unit secretary in Room A-233.

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