Augustana College - Rock Island, IL

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Augustana's highly respected accounting program is designed to meet the professional requirements of accountants in public, private and non-profit environments. Every accounting major studies principles of accounting, accounting theory, macro- and micro-economics, and business statistics. Each student then shapes his or her curriculum depending on career goals, through coursework that might include such areas as economics, business administration, mathematics, English, psychology, sociology or speech communication. The accounting department focuses on strengthening skills in communication, both spoken and written -- a focus further sharpened through the strong liberal arts foundation of an Augustana education. To reinforce ethical behavior and practice in the field, the accounting department stresses business ethics and teaches the subject as a transitional course for students as they progress toward their more specialized accounting curriculum. All students complete Senior Inquiry, a capstone project in which students draw from their comprehensive learning experience to create a topical project that demonstrates benefit to a community. Each student develops his or her Senior Inquiry in partnership with a faculty mentor. The three full-time faculty have about a dozen terminal and professional degrees among them, including Ph.D., D.B.A., J.D., C.P.A., C.M.A., C.F.M. and C.F.E. The chair of the department holds the position of S. James Galley Professor in Accounting, an endowed position that supports her work as teacher and mentor to accounting students. In fall 2008, the newly renovated Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall opened as a spectacular academic building for the departments of accounting, business administration and economics, as well as education and psychology. The building houses classrooms [including smart classrooms], offices, computer labs and study areas, as well as the impressive Great Room for gatherings and a large veranda with a view toward the Mississippi River.

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