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Mr. Larry Falcetto
Associate Professor of Accounting
Emporia State University
Why is accounting important? Keep in mind that it wasn’t the police who discovered the gangster Al Capone was behind the St. Valentine’s Massacre and thus put him in jail. It was an accountant who painstakingly researched Capone’s transactions and found his tax violations that did the trick.
To put it simply: without accounting and ethical accountants, businesses couldn’t grow and prosper. Accounting is the language of finance, and accountants are the soldiers on the front lines of financial success. They provide businesses with the data that determines the financial health of an organization and help inform solid business decisions.
ESU offers an accounting major within the Bachelor of Science in Business degree program plus a minor for those students majoring in areas other than accounting. An accounting concentration is available at the graduate level as part of the MBA program. The accounting concentration can be used in satisfying the 150-hour requirement for admission to the CPA Exam.
Over the years, ESU's accounting graduates have compiled an outstanding record of performance on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination. The accounting program provides students with the technical skills and competencies needed to sit for professional examinations such as CPA and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exams.
As a senior accounting major, you also may participate in ESU's accounting internship program, which is the oldest and most successful in Kansas. In this program, you spend a semester working with professional accountants, usually in a CPA firm, where you can receive up to four hours of credit plus a salary. This internship lets you gain practical experience and helps you make better career decisions. The internship experience usually gives you an advantage when looking for a permanent job.
Opportunities outside the classroom are as valuable as academic experiences. The ESU Accounting Club and Beta Alpha Psi, a national honorary society:
Both organizations sponsor a wide range of activities each year, including field trips, presentations by accountants, picnics, and a Christmas party. The highlight of the year is the Spring Banquet during which outstanding students receive scholarships and are recognized for their contributions to the university. The best accounting students academically are recognized at the annual banquet.