Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
The mission of the Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance is to assist individuals in acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to be successful professionals in their respective fields. Our courses emphasize the acquisition of technical skills as well as the consideration of ethical issues and an ability to communicate complex ideas.
We are committed to providing a high-quality accounting education; inspiring the development of ethical values, leadership skills, and international awareness; offering academic programs responsive to the accounting community; providing expertise to the public; preparing students for divergent careers in accounting, including the use of technology within the profession; fostering a commitment to lifelong learning by stressing the dynamic nature of the accounting profession; and supporting faculty excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service.
The field of economics provides a framework for analyzing and solving problems that arise from scarcity and is excellent preparation for further graduate studies in many areas of interest to our students. Economists study the allocation of scarce resources to produce the maximum amount of goods and services. Economists conduct research, collect and analyze data, monitor economic trends, and develop forecasts. They apply economic theory to endeavors such as banking, finance, manufacturing, education, law, international trade, labor, insurance, agriculture, health, criminal justice, energy, natural resources, and telecommunications.
People who work in finance affect almost every aspect of business – indeed, of life itself – because money still does make the world go round. Consider the impact these financial practitioners make: Corporate finance officers help their companies raise capital that finances new plants and new products, resulting in new jobs. Public finance professionals raise money to build roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. Lending officers at banks, savings and loans, and credit unions help their customers finance homes or college education. Portfolio managers invest the retirement funds of millions of people.
Dr. Darlene Pulliam
Professor of Accounting & McCray Professor of Business