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Department of Accounting and Finance

Bryan School of Business & Economics

383 Bryan Building



Daniel Winkler, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Arrington, Brown, Iyer, Winkler

Associate Professors Harden, Huang

Assistant Professors Hughen, Jones, Lulseged, Upton

Lecturers Cromartie, Hersberger, Khanlarian, Milanese

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Accounting and Finance of the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics is (1) to provide high quality programs of education for accounting and finance majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, (2) to provide high quality courses to support the undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the Bryan School and the University at large, (3) to simulate and support productive, high quality research, scholarship, and publication, (4) to provide service, largely through committee representation to the University, the Bryan School, the Department, the Academic Accounting and Finance Community, and the Accounting profession, and (5) to foster faculty interaction with the public in ways that enhance the common good.

The primary goal of the department is to provide programs of quality education in accounting and finance at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The undergraduate program provides an excellent foundation for careers in industry, government and other not-for-profit organizations; is sufficiently broad to qualify graduates for a wide range of entry-level, business-related positions; and prepares students for further graduate-level studies in areas such as accounting, finance, law, and business administration.

The Department of Accounting and Finance also offers a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in finance. The undergraduate finance program deals with the theory, organization, and operation of the financial system from both a market and a managerial viewpoint. Students are expected to develop analytical abilities and to present their analyses in both written and oral form.

Undergraduate majors are offered a broad range of courses from the areas of financial management, financial institutions, and investments.

Graduates may take managerial positions in controllership or treasury work in non-financial businesses as well as a wide array of careers in financial services and banking. In addition, the degree may lead to positions in risk management and real estate departments of public agencies and private corporations as well as insurance and real estate companies.

At the graduate level, the Bryan School offers courses in finance as part of the Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program.

Student Learning Goals

Critical thinking, quantitative aptitude, teamwork, and good communication skills are necessary to function effectively in today’s highly competitive, global environment. In order to assure that our graduates are prepared to meet the challenges of the future:

  • Accounting students will be able to evaluate and appraise the ethical comportments of accounting action in the context of public trust and stewardship.
  • Accounting students will be able to produce, evaluate, and modify transactions-based accounting records in a manner adequate to entry-level professional accounting positions.
  • Accounting students will author professional accounting documents at a level of quality commensurate with employer expectations.
  • Accounting students will be able to create and use cost accounting information in a business decision-making context.
  • Finance students will be able to create forward-looking financial statements.
  • Finance students will be able to analyze the current financial condition of the firm.
  • Finance students will be able to thoroughly understand the mathematical process and application of capital budgeting.
  • Finance Students will thoroughly understand the concepts of the time value of money (TVM), the characteristics of traditional financial securities, and the valuation of these securities.

This page was last updated on June 8, 2011.