What is Accounting?
Accounting is the language of business that defines transactions so that they can be used to describe business activities in a commonly understood format. Learning the language allows an individual to communicate and understand the financial operations of any and all types of organizations. To help with learning this language is the Department of Accounting faculty, who publish articles in top academic and professional journals, write textbooks and trade books, and are active participants in the accounting profession.
Career Opportunities in Accounting
Areas: Auditing, Corporate Accounting, Government Accounting, Information Systems, Tax Planning/Compliance, Assurance and Tax
Employers: Public Accounting Firms, Government Agencies, Banks/Financial Institutions, Energy Companies, Healthcare Industry, Manufacturing Companies, Consulting Practices, Service Companies
Professions: Tax Professional, External Auditor, Financial Accountant, Financial Manager, Budget Director, Internal Auditor, Investment Strategist, Entrepreneur
BS in Accounting
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting is a 120-hour program that trains students to show proficiency in accounting technology, demonstrate research skills, defend proposed solutions to accounting problems, and improve communication skills.
Eligibility for CPA License
The BS in Accounting program meets the Louisiana educational requirements to take the CPA exam. To apply for a Louisiana CPA license, students must also complete an additional 30 hours beyond the accounting BS program. Many students choose to earn the additional 30 hours by enrolling in LSU’s Master of Accountancy (MAcc) program. The State Board of CPAs of Louisiana will evaluate each applicant in its entirety to make a final decision regarding licensure. Additional non-educational requirements such as work experience and character references may apply. For more information, visit the Louisiana state board’s website.
The LSU Department of Accounting offers the accounting research and ethics courses that are required by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy. Students completing both BS and MAcc degrees can meet the educational requirements to take the CPA exam as a Texas candidate as long as the required accounting research and ethics courses are taken as part of the coursework. The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy will evaluate each applicant in its entirety to make a final decision regarding licensure. Additional non-educational requirements such as work experience, fingerprinting, and character references may apply. For more information, visit the Texas state board website.
Students who are interested in being licensed as a CPA in any other state besides Louisiana or Texas should contact the respective state board before enrolling in LSU’s accounting program. LSU has not determined whether this program meets the educational requirements for licensure in other states. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.