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Success in Numbers.

From manufacturing to government services and service organizations, a degree in accounting opens career doors in almost any employment sector. Accountants understand and speak the language of business. Accountants are more than number crunchers, they are innovators who chart strategic paths. Accountants are bottom-line business essentials. Preparing students to excel in this growing arena is the foundation of the Accounting Concentration in the Walker School of Business. (View Rack Card)

Why Study Accounting at Piedmont?

You might assume an accounting program is an accounting program is an accounting program. That assumption just doesn’t add up – especially at Piedmont. The goal of accounting is to record, report, and interpret economic and financial data for use by decision makers. While the “what” may sound rather straightforward, it is the “how” that makes Piedmont’s program stand out. Our students concentrate on integrity and ethics. They understand, from their professors with on-the-job experience, how critical communication skills are. And they will learn how to lead. The Walker School’s Accounting Concentration can be a first step in securing a CPA or CMA. It is also an excellent foundation for graduate school in business or law.

Concentration Requirements

ACCT 2200. Tax Accounting 
ACCT 3010. Intermediate Accounting I 
ACCT 3020. Intermediate Accounting II 
ACCT 3100. Cost Accounting  
ACCT 4500. Advanced Accounting 
ACCT 4600. Auditing 
Electives (Choose one from): 
ACCT 3410. Financial Statement Analysis 
ACCT 3450. Accounting Information Systems 
ACCT 4700. Accounting Internship 
BUSA 4300. Entrepreneurship and New Venture Management 
BUSA 4310. Investment Management 
BUSA 3130. Financial Institutions and Markets 
BUSA 4990. Business Directed Maymester 
Notes: Students selecting the accounting concentration should take and substitute ACCT 3450 (Accounting Information Systems) for BUSA 4030 (Management Information Systems). If a student takes BUSA 4030, ACCT 3450 can be used as the Accounting elective. Students interested in becoming Certified Public Accountants (CPA) need to earn 30 semester hours in ACCT courses above ACCT 2010 and ACCT 2020, and total at least 150 semester hours. Interested students should work closely with their academic advisor in planning the courses selected, which can include ACCT 3410 (Financial Statement Analysis), ACCT 3450 (Accounting Information Systems), ACCT 4700 (Accounting Internship), ACCT/BUSA 6430 (Financial Investment Analysis), ACCT/BUSA 6500 (Corporate Financial Analysis), and ACCT/BUSA 6530 (Managerial Accounting).

Stories & Highlights

The Gospel & Gross Margins

For many, an internship or real-life work experience can affirm a career choice. For others, like Garrett Moore ’19, the impact can have the opposite effect.
And that’s good too.

A finance major who graduated in May, Moore was one of five students who worked with First Presbyterian Church of Clarkesville on a special procedures report this year that reviewed and summarized the organization’s annual budget and financial statements.

His role in the three-month project was to analyze the church’s personnel-related expenses. He examined payroll, pension plans and healthcare costs, ultimately completing a three-page report.

While not unpleasant, Moore said the work was not fulfilling. Afterwards, he shifted his career interest from financial auditing to analyst. FULL STORY