The James and Jennifer Newman Accounting Program
The James and Jennifer Newman Accounting Program prepares students for career opportunities that span a range from public accounting and managerial accounting to taxation and general business. Additionally, our Accounting majors are able to complete the 150-hour curriculum required to sit for the CPA exam. We put a particular emphasis on hands-on learning and real-world experience through a dedicated full-time internship program in the spring of a student’s senior year. We have close to 100% internship placement among eligible seniors. Our students received offers from all four “big-four” international accounting firms (KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, and E&Y). We pride ourselves on the high percentage of our students who are hired right out of school.
Alternatively, a student may meet the required 150-hour curriculum required by the Alabama State Board of Public Accountancy by obtaining an undergraduate accounting degree with 120 credit hours and an M.B.A. degree with 30 graduate credit hours. A student who declares a graduate path towards fulfillment of the Board’s post-secondary educational hours requirement may opt to complete two accounting courses at the graduate level and complete the remaining required M.B.A. courses with the same commitment of time required to meet the 150-hour undergraduate curriculum.
Program & Degree Resources
A minor in Accounting consists of 18 total credit hours of accounting coursework, comprised of AC 221 – Principles of Accounting I, AC 222 – Principles of Accounting II, AC 324 – Intermediate Accounting I, and 9 credit hours of upper-division accounting courses.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 11 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, more workers should be needed to prepare and examine financial records.