Accounting and Information Systems
The Study of Accounting
Accounting is often called "the language of business." It is the primary information system used in the management of private corporations, government and not-for-profit organizations.
The accounting curriculum is designed to develop professional and technical competence in accounting and related business fields. Liberal education courses in the university Core Curriculum enhance the skills and philosophies needed for success in an accounting career. Course studies are completed by assignments involving library research, writing, and microcomputer applications. Electives include an accounting internship.
The 150-hour Option. The public accounting profession requires that in order to be eligible to become a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, candidates must have completed at least 150 semester hours of college-level education. In addition, 54 jurisdictions have incorporated this educational requirement into their licensing regulations. With careful planning, Susquehanna accounting majors are able to accumulate 150 semester hours by taking 18 hours per semester. Students are advised to discuss their options with their academic advisers.
The Study of Information Systems
Students interested in systems analysis, business applications of technology or a career in data management should elect information systems as their major or minor.
The information systems curriculum is a bachelor of arts degree program designed to develop professional and technical competence in computers, business and related fields. The program has considerable overlap with computer science and requires substantial programming and hand-on computer work. Liberal education courses in the university Core curriculum enhance the skills and aptitudes needed for success in an information systems career. Courses are complemented by a variety of assignments including writing and presentation as well as development of computer applications. Electives include computer-related courses from other fields as well as internship, independent study, and off-campus study opportunities.
Double major/minor in computer science and information systems: Because of the large overlap in courses in the two majors, the department will approve a double major or major/minor combination only if the student presents to the department a plan of study that sufficiently minimizes such overlap.