Undergraduate program overview

"Accountants work with people. They are analysts, planners, and problem-solvers. The world of business affairs is their province. It is their role to comprehend it, analyze it, systematize it and portray it."
-American Institute of Certified Public Accountants

Interested in working with people? Want to make a difference? Enjoy identifying, analyzing and solving problems? Like being challenged by a variety of situations and technologies? Does becoming a CPA firm partner or a CEO sound like something worth thinking about?

If you answered yes to any of the above, consider our bachelor's degree in accountancy.

With a degree in accounting your career choices are limitless. You can choose to work in assurance, consulting, corporate accounting/finance, financial analysis/venture capital, financial planning, non-for-profit/government or tax consulting services. Explore information for future undergraduate students at the W. P. Carey School of Business.

Accountancy at W. P. Carey

The accounting program at the W. P. Carey School of Business is fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. It is consistently ranked among the top public programs in the nation.

The undergraduate program begins with ACC 194 — Leadership, Ethics, Accountability & Professionalism (LEAP). LEAP will provide you with tools and resources to help you achieve a successful transition from high school to college, and ultimately to your career. You and your peer first-year student accounting majors will also begin the process of networking as each Friday afternoon for your first two months at ASU you meet with representatives of major accounting firms to discuss a specific element of the LEAP program.

Following your first semester you will begin a series of accounting and other courses to help you succeed in accounting, including oral and written communication, analytical competencies, teaming and working in diverse groups and interpersonal and critical thinking. In addition, the undergraduate accounting major includes courses in computer information systems developed specifically for accounting majors.

In addition, if you meet the requirements, you may apply to enter Beta Alpha Psi.

Jobs in accountancy

Accounting is the study of how businesses track their income and assets over time, yet accounting has transformed in recent years to become more than simply recording financial data. Accountants hold a range of job titles and engage in a wide variety of activities including computing costs and efficiency gains from new technologies, creating strategies for mergers and acquisitions, quality management, developing and using information systems to track financial performance, tax strategy, and benefits management.

The W. P. Carey Career Services Center is available to assist students in exploring their career options and then coach them in the most effective methods of job search.