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    Accounting

    An innovative degree you can count on!

    The Bachelor of Science in Accounting provides students with an in-depth education in business fundamentals, accounting principles, communication skills, and real-world experiences. An emphasis is placed on critical thinking and problem-solving skills with exposure to current software used in the profession.

    Opportunities to complete purposeful and valuable internships while studying at Lackawanna give our students an advantage after graduation.

    Fast Facts

    • The Accounting bachelor’s degree has been developed to be fully aligned with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ (AICPA) Uniform CPA Examination Blueprints, ensuring that our students will have the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete the exams necessary to become a CPA in Pennsylvania.
    • Our innovative program offers exciting courses that will give our students a look at cutting-edge technology and advances in the field of accounting.
    • This program prepares students for entry into various specializations of accounting including public, corporate, governmental, managerial, and tax. As “the language of business,” a degree in accounting also prepares students for careers in management, consulting, law, and entrepreneurship.
    • Students will be prepared to pursue further studies in graduate programs such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), or Law School.

    Objectives

    Students enrolled in the Accounting bachelor’s degree will:

    • Demonstrate mastery of accounting principles, practices, and procedures.
    • Define fundamental business principles through the study of business ethics, fraud prevention, law, management, economics, and computer technology.
    • Recognize the importance of ethical behavior and professional responsibilities of those in the accounting profession and business as a whole.
    • Analyze the legal implications of business transactions, particularly as they relate to accounting, auditing, and financial reporting.
    • Prepare for a career in accounting through critical thinking and hands-on applications in coursework, combined with the completion of internship opportunities.

    View the curriculum guide for students beginning in Fall 2020 (PDF)

    Forensic Accounting Track

    The Forensic Accounting Track explores fraud prevention and deterrence, financial transactions, fraud schemes, as well as investigation and law.  Forensic Accounting combines business expertise and accounting skills with the investigative techniques and legal knowledge of criminal justice. With the addition of the Forensic Accounting Track students are exposed to the fastest growing niche in the Accounting profession.

    Fast Facts

    • Our innovative concentration in Forensic Accounting offers exciting courses that will give our students a look at cutting-edge technology and advances in the field of accounting, while being aligned with testing requirements of the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.
    • This program prepares students for entry into various specializations of accounting including public, corporate, governmental, managerial, and tax.  The Forensic Accounting concentration will prepare students for careers in Fraud Examination and Forensic Accounting.
    • The Forensic Accounting concentration will give the students the added benefit of preparing to test for the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) credential.  Also, students will participate in National Fraud Awareness week each year, along with hundreds of other organizations, aiming to bring fraud awareness to their communities.
    • Students will be prepared to pursue further studies in graduate programs such as the Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Accountancy (MAcc), or Law School.

    Objectives

    Students enrolled in the Forensic Accounting Concentration will:

    • Demonstrate a mastery of accounting principles, practices, and procedures. Define fundamental business principles through the study of business ethics, fraud prevention, law, management, economics, and computer technology.
    • Recognize the importance of ethical behavior and professional responsibilities of those in the accounting profession and business as a whole.
    • Define the role of a forensic accountant, demonstrating knowledge of auditing concepts, and explaining the different types of financial fraud schemes. Evaluate appropriate fraud prevention measures and the internal controls necessary to deter fraud.
    • Analyze and communicate information gained through proper investigative techniques developed for forensic accountants including interviewing, obtaining information from public records, tracing transactions, evaluating deception, and report writing. Describe the legal ramifications of conducting forensic accounting examinations, including criminal and civil law, rules of evidence, rights of the accused and accuser, and expert witness matters.
    • Examine current accounting fraud schemes to analyze the fraud triangle, role of organizational culture in the perpetration of occupational fraud, and importance of sound business ethics. Define digital forensic analysis by examining computer forensic techniques, including data mining concepts and strategies.
    • Prepare for a career in accounting through critical thinking and hands on application in coursework, combined with the completion of internship opportunities.

    This degree will be offered exclusively at our main campus in Scranton.