The State of Florida, like most states, requires a fifth year of education in order to sit for the CPA examination. USF ranks  #1 in the nation with the highest percentage of candidates with advanced degrees passing all parts of the CPA exam taken.

Several recent events have had a profound impact on the accounting industry.  The development of new laws and investigative boards have started a trend that refocuses the strategy of large accounting firms.  With this movement the demand for accounting professionals who can analyze and understand the financial limits and possibilities for businesses will continue to grow undeterred.  Earning a bachelor's degree in accounting prepares a student for a professional career in accounting firms, and financial management in industry, not-for-profit organization, and government agencies. Students study taxation, accounting systems, law, resource allocation, financial reporting, auditing, and account valuation.

Students that graduate with a major in accounting are prepared for a wide variety of career opportunities including:

  • Financial and management accountant
  • Business planner
  • Financial analyst
  • Financial planner
  • Tax adviser
  • Auditor

The baccalaureate program also prepares students for entry into the Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) professional degree program.

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The Advertising major in the College of Business is unique in that it is a collaborative effort of the departments of Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences and Marketing in the College of Business. The major complements an existing Advertising track in the Mass Communications major and provides students the opportunity to combine the creative aspects of advertising with knowledge, skills, and abilities in accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, marketing and strategy.

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Business Economics

What strategies can a company use to increase the demand for its product?  At which price should a company sell its product?  How can you predict the behavior of buyers?  Which manufacturing company should you choose?  These are some examples of the questions that an economist tries to answer.

Economics is the study of how society produces, distributes, and consumes resources and services.  Its lessons can be applied to all business and social science disciplines.  The curriculum offers a clear and logical way of thinking about complicated issues such as unemployment, inflation, pollution, and crime. The department offers broad course choices allowing students to tailor their programs to provide training for professional careers in business, teaching, government, and law.   

The undergraduate program in Economics is unique in that it is offered through both the College of Business Administration and the College of Arts and Sciences.  A five-year Bachelor/Master Degree option is available through both colleges.

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The Finance major provides a broad-based, analytical program for students anticipating a career in the management of both large and small organizations. Using basic principles from the fields of accounting, economics, and statistics, the curriculum emphasizes quantitative analysis and state-of-the-art financial management techniques. Students are exposed to theory and practice in corporate finance, financial institutions, investments, international finance, speculative markets, insurance, real estate, and other related innovations. The finance major prepares students for careers in business and/or postgraduate work by educating them in the fundamental principles and practical applications of modern financial analysis.

The careers of the great majority of finance graduates can be broadly classified into one of four groups: personal financial planning, management of financial institutions, corporate financial analysis and investments. Graduates are prepared for advanced study in business or finance or to assume responsible, entry-level managerial positions in financial management in business, government and not-for-profit entities as well as the financial services industry. Furthermore, they possess an excellent foundation for future growth and career development.

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General Business

The degree in General Business offers students the flexibility of preparation in two different areas of Business (completed as minors).  This cross-training is increasingly valuable in a constantly evolving business environment. 

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International Business

In a global society, knowledge of international business practices is critical for economic success. The major in International Business combines in-depth study of business practices (including a minor in one business-area concentration) with foreign language study and an overseas business internship or semester abroad.

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The Management major at USF provides the background necessary for careers in Human Resources, Small Business Management, and Industrial Relations. It also prepares students for post-graduate study, including the MBA and Master's degree in Management.

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Management Information Systems

The Management Information Systems major prepares students to enter the rapidly changing world of technology as it relates to business.  The curriculum provides the skills and knowledge necessary for information systems development and support positions in both business and non-business organizations.

The undergraduate curriculum that leads to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree is composed of several segments: (1) broad general education in the arts, humanities and sciences; (2) the common body of knowledge for management responsibilities; and (3) specialized areas of concentration in Accounting, Economics, Finance, General Business, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Management Information Systems. Through flexibility in its requirements, the College of Business Administration is able to satisfy the different interests and career objectives of students with diverse backgrounds.

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Marketing is a dynamic field with many dimensions, including product selection and planning, product distribution, pricing and promotion. Marketing poses many challenges and yields generous rewards for those meeting these challenges. Marketing operations are carried out domestically and internationally in virtually all business organizations offering a product or service. Many marketing concepts are applicable to the operations of non-profit organizations such as governmental, educational, and health care institutions as well as charitable and political campaigns.

Marketing operations provide the most visible links between the firm or institution and its many publics. Marketing in the end deals with people, people who are constantly changing in their needs, wants and desires; and coupled with these changing tastes is a fiercely competitive environment sustained by all the resources of a rapidly evolving technology. These forces lead to much of the challenge and to much of the dynamic nature of marketing.

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