To be a leading professional accounting department among Texas universities providing a relevant curriculum delivered by professional faculty dedicated to teaching, research, and service.
Our mission is to prepare our students to enter the accounting profession in the public, industry, and not-for-profit sectors through excellent teaching and pedagogy and through the creation of a sound learning environment. In support of this mission our faculty will produce intellectual contributions that contribute to the professional practice of accounting, to accounting pedagogy, and to discipline based research. We will also maintain a level of interaction with the accounting profession that ensures the continued relevance of our program and viability of our graduates.
The Department of Accounting works closely with outside stakeholders in CPA firms, industry, and government in order to ensure that the accounting curriculum provides students with the necessary skill sets and knowledge to successfully function as professional accountants upon graduation. Evidence of the success of this process is provided in part by the continued recruitment of SHSU accounting graduates by numerous, diverse employers. Accounting majors participate in the annual Meet the Firms career fair held in the Fall semester. This function, which first began in 1997 and is organized by the SHSU Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the honor organization for financial information students and professionals, is attended by employers that are specifically and many times solely interested in accounting majors and, in some cases, finance majors. Accounting majors, minors, MIS majors, and finance majors from all levels attend this event to begin or to continue their participation in the recruitment and hiring process.
Generally, each week during the Fall and Spring semesters, representatives from large and small CPA firms, representatives from local and global public companies from diverse industries, and representatives from governmental agencies come to the SHSU campus to make presentations to and meet accounting majors. These presentations, sponsored by the campus chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, provide real world perspectives and information to the students that attend. All accounting and other majors are welcome at these presentations. In the social activities that usually follow these presentations, students have the opportunity to meet face to face with the representatives from these off campus organizations, most of which recruit students from the Accounting program at SHSU.
Representatives from a wide variety of business and governmental entities make presentations on a weekly basis during the Fall and Spring semesters at the National Association of Black Accountants chapter meetings on campus. Because the membership of this organization is not limited to accounting, finance, or MIS majors, these presentations address a broad range of business and professional topics. Social events held after many of these presentations present the opportunity for students to interact one on one with the representatives from a wide range of business and professional entities.
- Public accountant
- Tax accountant
- Cost accountant
- Government accountant
- Budget accountant
- Budget analyst
- Credit analyst
- Financial examiner
- Tax examiner
- Revenue agent
No minor is required. Students are welcome to select a minor following consultation with the Department Chair, but should be aware that a minor will add hours to the length of the degree program.
Student Organizations and Activities
- Beta Alpha Psi
- National Association of Black Accountants
- Student membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Student membership Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
The Department of Accounting has an active internship program and students are encouraged to participate. Selection requirements are rigorous and involve meeting both minimum standards set by the Department of Accounting and selection by the hiring firm or business following an interview process.These internships must meet guidelines as established by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and involve specific, direct accounting training and activity beyond routine clerical and office activities. Students generally participate in internships in the Spring semester of their senior year. The selection process for these internship positions occurs generally during the early Spring semester of the Junior year. In some cases internships are available during Summer terms. Interested students should contact the Accounting Internship Program Director through the Department of Accounting office for departmental selection criteria and application requirements.
Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for accounting majors. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using ScholarX at Financial Aid. The ScholarX program is a single application that will allow the student to apply for most scholarships available on campus whether at the departmental, college, or university-level. The deadline for applying for Department of Accounting scholarships is February 15. Department of Accounting scholarship recipients are announced in April for the following academic year. The specific scholarships that are available through the Department of Accounting vary from year to year and may include:
- BKD Accounting Scholarship
- Carol Lee Sangster Accounting Scholarship
- Dow Chemical SHSU Alumni Scholarship(s)
- Dr. Clinton Althaus Endowed Accounting Scholarship
- Dr. Rita Huff Accounting Scholarship
- Edwin G. Sandhop Jr. Endowed Scholarship
- Elwood Parkhill Memorial Accounting Scholarship
- Ernst and Young SHSU Alumni Scholarship
- Hildreth Hosea Smith Memorial Scholarship
- H.O. and Laquita Crawford Endowed Scholarship
- J. Roy Wells Business Scholarship
- KMPG SHSU Alumni Scholarship
- Leonard and Marlene Keeling Endowed Scholarship
- W.O. “Bud” Whitlock Endowed Scholarship
Minimum GPA Requirement for a BBA in Accounting
A cumulative minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for students to graduate with a BBA in Accounting.
Minimum GRADES in Accounting Courses
A minimum grade of "C" in accounting courses taken (prefix ACCT) is required for a student to graduate with a BBA in Accounting.
Uniform CPA Examination Information
Due to the rigorous requirements of the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy, completion of the BBA in Accounting will not qualify one to take the CPA examination. The Department of Accounting offers a Master of Science in Accounting whereby a student may satisfy the educational requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA examination in the state of Texas. Students seeking additional information on the Uniform CPA Examination should check the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy homepage.
|Bachelor of Business Administration - Major in Accounting1|
|BUAD 2321, COMS 1361, or COMS 23822||3|
|Creative Arts Elective3||3|
|ECON 1100 or KINE 2115 or NGLI 1101||1|
|ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302||6|
|HIST 1301 and HIST 1302||6|
|ACCT 2301 and ACCT 2302||6|
|BUAD 1305 or CSTE 13305||3|
|ECON 2301 and ECON 2302||6|
|POLS 2305 and POLS 2306||6|
|ACCT 3313, ACCT 3314, ACCT 3324, ACCT 3347, and ACCT 3353||15|
|ACCT 4315, ACCT 4316, and ACCT 4372||9|
|BUAD 3335 and BUAD 3355||6|
|MGMT 4370 and MGMT 4390||6|
|Total Hours Needed For Degree||120|
|1 Transfer students must take at least 50% of the required business curriculum for the BBA degree in residence at Sam Houston State University.|
|2 BBA specific requirement, also satisfies University Core Requirement|
|3 University Core Requirement (Satisfies the Creative and Performing Arts requirement of Component Area V of the Core Curriculum). Select one from:
|4 University Core Requirement. Two four-hour laboratory science courses from (Satisfies the Life and Physical Sciences requirement of Component Area III of the Core Curriculum):
|5 BBA specific requirement|
|6 University Core Requirement. Select one from (Satisfies the Language/Philosophy/Culture requirement of Component Area IV of the Core Curriculum):
A minor in Accounting (18 hours) is available to all bachelor degree programs that permit a minor. The minor in Accounting requires ACCT 2301, ACCT 2302, ACCT 3313 and 9 additional advanced hours (3000-level or above)hours in Accounting, excluding ACCT 3304, with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in these courses. Furthermore, degree candidates for a minor in accounting must achieve a minimum 2.0 grade point average for all hours attempted in business courses, including residence and transfer hours whether required for the accounting minor or not.