CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

The demand for accounting graduates continues to grow as financial transactions become more sophisticated, as tax laws change, and as new government regulations are introduced.

All types of organizations--public and private--require accounting personnel. Those working in private accounting can specialize in financial accounting/reporting, cost accounting, accounting information systems, managerial accounting, internal auditing, tax accounting, budgeting, and financial analysis. Those working in public accounting can specialize in external auditing, management advisory services, tax accounting, and valuation services.

Employers of accountants include: public accounting firms, banks, retail and wholesale businesses, manufacturers, pension funds, foundations, hospitals, universities, churches, nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and consulting companies. Self-employed accountants may set up their own offices and work for private clients.

STUDENT EXPERIENCES

Accounting students at Youngstown State University have the opportunity to build their technical and leadership skills through various WCBA student organizations. Specific organizations related to accounting include the Institute of Management Accountants and Beta Alpha Psi, the professional business organization for accounting, finance and information system majors. Students can also become student members of the American Institute of CPA's, the Ohio Society of CPA's and the Institute of Management Accountants.

All business majors are strongly encouraged to complete internships. Internships are career-related work experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge and skills in an organizational setting. In the WCBA, internships that are approved for academic credit must be paid. Completing a career-related internship markedly improves a student's job prospects upon graduation.  

REQUIREMENTS TO SIT FOR THE CERTIFIED PUBLIC ACCOUNTANTS (CPA) EXAM

Ohio residents wishing to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam are currently required to have completed 150 semester hours of education– It should be noted however that proposed legislation would reduce the education requirement to sit for the exam to 120 semester hours of study. For those interested in meeting the current 150 semester hour requirement  the WCBA offers the Master of Accountancy (MAcc) Program.  This program is a 30 semester hour graduate program.   With proper planning and coordination, a student can complete both a BSBA and MAcc in five years. For more information on sitting for the CPA exam, please contact the Accountancy Board of Ohio.

For more information, visit the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance.

COURSE TITLE S.H.
FIRST YEAR REQUIREMENT -STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINAR
YSU 1500Success Seminar1-2
or SS 1500 Strong Start Success Seminar
or HONR 1500 Intro to Honors
GENERAL EDUCATION
ENGL 1550Writing 13-4
or ENGL 1549 Writing 1 with Support
ENGL 1551Writing 23
CMST 1545Communication Foundations3
Mathematics requirement Met through MATH 1552 (see Business Tool)
Arts & Humanities (6 sh) 3 SH met through PHIL 2628 Business Ethics required for major
PHIL 2628Business Ethics3
Arts and Humanities Elective3
Natural Science One science course must include a lab7
Social Sciences (6 SH) Met through ECON 2610 and ECON 2630 (see Business Tool)
Social & Personal Awareness6
BUSINESS TOOL COURSES
Business Tool courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and CANNOT be taken credit/no credit.
BUS 1500Exploring Business3
BUS 2600Business Applications of Microsoft Excel3
MATH 1552Applied Mathematics for Management4
ECON 2610Principles 1: Microeconomics3
ECON 2630Principles 2: Macroeconomics3
MGT 2604Legal Environment of Business 13
ACCT 2602Financial Accounting3
ACCT 2603Managerial Accounting3
ECON 3788Statistics for Business and Economics 13
ENGL 3742Business Writing3
BUSINESS CORE REQUIREMENTS
To enroll in upper level business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1549 or 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545, all business tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.
Upper level business courses must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be take credit/no credit.
BUS 3715Principles of International Business3
BUS 3700Business Analytics3
FIN 3720Business Finance3
MKTG 3702Business Professionalism1
MKTG 3703Marketing Concepts and Practice3
MGT 3725Fundamentals of Management3
MGT 3789Operations Management3
MGT 4850Strategic Management and Leadership3
ACCOUNTING MAJOR REQUIREMENTS
ACCT 3701Intermediate Accounting 14
ACCT 3702Intermediate Accounting 24
ACCT 3709Accounting Information Systems4
ACCT 3711Cost Accounting3
ACCT 4801Advanced Accounting4
ACCT 4808Auditing and Fraud Investigation4
ACCT 4813Federal Taxation 14
MGT 3714Legal Environment of Business 23
ACCOUNTING UPPER LEVEL COURSES6
Select 6 SH upper level Accounting courses not included in major. Students should consider at least ONE internship.
BUSINESS UPPER LEVEL COURSES3
Select 3 SH courses from a business area (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG)
Total Semester Hours121-123
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
YSU 1500
Success Seminar
or Strong Start Success Seminar
or Intro to Honors
1-2
ENGL 1550
Writing 1
or Writing 1 with Support
3-4
BUS 1500 Exploring Business 3
MATH 1552 Applied Mathematics for Management 4
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
 Semester Hours14-16
Spring
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
PHIL 2628 Business Ethics 3
BUS 2600 Business Applications of Microsoft Excel 3
ECON 2610 Principles 1: Microeconomics 3
GE: SPA 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 2
Fall
ACCT 2602 Financial Accounting 3
ENGL 3742 Business Writing 3
MGT 2604 Legal Environment of Business 1 3
ECON 2630 Principles 2: Macroeconomics 3
GE: Lab Science 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ACCT 2603 Managerial Accounting 3
ECON 3788 Statistics for Business and Economics 1 3
MKTG 3702 Business Professionalism 1
GE: Natural Science 3
GE: Social & Personal Awareness 3
GE: Arts & Humanities 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
ACCT 3701 Intermediate Accounting 1 4
ACCT 3711 Cost Accounting 3
MGT 3725 Fundamentals of Management 3
BUS 3700 Business Analytics 3
MKTG 3703 Marketing Concepts and Practice 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ACCT 3702 Intermediate Accounting 2 4
ACCT 3709 Accounting Information Systems 1 4
FIN 3720 Business Finance 3
ACCT Upper Level Course Internshp Recommended 3
 Semester Hours14
Year 4
Fall
ACCT 4801 Advanced Accounting 4
MGT 3789 Operations Management 3
MGT 3714 Legal Environment of Business 2 3
BUS 3715 Principles of International Business 3
Upper Level Business Course 3
 Semester Hours16
Spring
ACCT 4808 Auditing and Fraud Investigation 4
ACCT 4813 Federal Taxation 1 4
MGT 4850 Strategic Management and Leadership 3
Upper Level Accounting Course 3
 Semester Hours14
 Total Semester Hours121-123

ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, Business Tool and upper level business courses (ACCT, ADV, BUS, ENT, FIN, MGT, MKTG) must be completed with the grade of a "C" or higher and cannot be taken credit/no credit.

To enroll in upper level Business courses students must have successfully completed ENGL 1550, ENGL 1551, PHIL 2628, CMST 1545 and business Tool courses AND have a minimum 2.5 overall GPA.

Learning Outcomes

The student learning outcomes for majors within the Lariccia School of Accounting and Finance are as follows:

  • Students will be able to identify, formulate, and solve discipline-specific problems within the context of business, ethical, and societal constraints;
  • Students will learn to function and communicate (in writing and orally) both individually and within multidisciplinary teams;
  • Students will develop enhanced technology skills by being exposed to assignments requiring advanced computer/spreadsheet knowledge, expanded presentation activity (e.g. PowerPoint  in the oral-intensive courses), and required analysis of financial statements;
  • Students will be given opportunities to work with and be exposed to the business community and professionals through internship opportunities, student organizations, and social functions;
  • Students will obtain an understanding of professional and ethical responsibilities and a recognition of and an appreciation for the need to engage in life-long learning.