Accounting & Finance
Accounting & Finance Department Programs
The B.B. in Accountancy will prepare students for the new challenges and greater opportunities which the accounting profession offers today. The degree program provides students not only with the accounting skills but also with the communication skills they will need to succeed. Working with advanced computer software, writing reports and papers, and presenting individual and team projects are all included in the regular program of study of all WIU majors.
The B.B. in Finance develops the skills and knowledge necessary for the management of money. Finance is concerned with the process, institutions, markets, and instruments involved in the transfer of money among and between individuals, business, and government. This all takes place in a world which is changing in a variety of directions, and the Finance major will learn how to make sound decisions in this constantly shifting environment. In addition to class lectures, students will learn from techniques such as computer simulation, case studies, and field trips. Students will also have the opportunity to learn from representatives of corporations and government agencies who visit as guest speakers. Required study areas for the Finance major include financial institutions, financial management, investment policy, insurance/risk management, and real estate. Additional studies may be taken in such courses as bank management, advanced financial management, security and portfolio analysis, personal and commercial lines of insurance, and real estate financing. Finance majors have excellent prospects for employment in financial institutions, brokerage or investment operations, and corporations or government agencies.
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The WIU Department of Accounting and Finance provides a student-centered environment that promotes academic excellence, professional and personal growth, a spirit of collegiality, and ethical and professional conduct.
The Department’s curriculum and activities develop outstanding graduates who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competencies necessary to enter the accounting profession and to meet future career challenges.
The faculty is committed to excellence in teaching and is engaged in research, service, and professional interactions to benefit the university, the accounting profession, and the community.
Students in the integrated program are allowed to use six semester hours of B-level accountancy classes to satisfy both the Bachelor of Business degree and the Master of Accountancy degree. However, because 150 semester hours are required to sit for the CPA exam, students are required to complete a total of 150 hours for the integrated baccalaureate and master’s degree program.