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The accounting department has established five primary goals for its majors that reflect the core competencies expected of an accounting major.

Accounting students should:

  1. Be sensitive to ethical issues that arise in the practice of the accounting profession and capable of applying the professional standards applicable to specific ethical issues.
  2. Have an understanding of the legal and economic forces that impact accounting transparency and reporting.
  3. Be effective critical thinkers with respect to solving professional accounting and business problems.
  4. Be technically proficient such that they add value to their accounting professional activities.
  5. Learn modern professional accounting theories, techniques, and methods and/or laws used by business entities and be effective communicators of accounting information to users.

The curriculum is tailored to expose students to specific areas of accounting, including financial and managerial accounting, taxation, audit, and accounting information systems. Electives are offered in not-for-profit or governmental accounting, advanced accounting, internal audit, international accounting, and corporate taxation.

Graduates of the accounting program consistently secure excellent positions or are accepted to top graduate school programs across the country. UT accounting graduates enjoy successful careers in a range of disciplines including corporate accounting, government accounting, business taxation, personal financial planning, investment analysis, forensic accounting and more. They secure positions in public and private corporate organizations, such as GTE, Coca Cola, The American Cancer Society, and others, and in public accounting firms, such as Deloitte & Touche, USA LLP, PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, LLP, and other national, regional, and local public accounting firms.