Accounting/Financial Accounting

Program Overview

The accounting program in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business offers students a complete liberal arts education combined with an innovative and integrated approach to business studies. Through the program, students acquire the conceptual and technical knowledge to develop, measure, analyze, and validate financial information.

The curriculum emphasizes the role of accounting as a key component of all business enterprises. Our faculty takes a personal interest in developing our student’s professional foundation and personal potential. Majors acquire excellent accounting and communication skills, and are well versed in the various fields of business. Throughout, you learn how to record, examine, and communicate information concerning an individual's or organizations financial performance.

Fairfield is located a stone’s throw away from the world financial centers in New York City, and several Fortune 500 companies are headquartered throughout the area. Internships with international firms or smaller non-profit organizations are strongly encouraged to give you the opportunity to take advantage of your surroundings while adding a valuable real-word dimension to your education.

Upon graduation, you are able to take the Certified Public Accounting Exam in Connecticut and other states. You may choose to further your education through our own M.S. in accounting, or pursue graduate study in law, accounting or business, or join the workforce as a capable professional in a variety of occupations.

 

Requirements

Accounting Major

Accounting majors take courses appropriate for careers in public and private accounting, internal auditing, and government and not-for-profit accounting. Many students find that undergraduate studies in accounting are excellent preparation for a wide range of corporate positions.

For an 18-credit accounting major, students must complete:

  • AC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
  • AC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
  • AC 310 Advanced Accounting
  • AC 320 Cost Management
  • AC 330 Auditing
  • AC 343 Federal Income Taxation I

Accounting majors must maintain at least a 2.5 average in accounting.

Accounting Minor

The accounting minor offers students an extensive understanding of accounting content and function in areas of business. It is not designed to prepare a student for the Certified Public Accountant exam.

For a 15-credit accounting minor, students must complete:

  • AC 11 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • AC 12 Introduction to Managerial Accounting
  • AC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
  • AC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
  • 300-level accounting elective course

Accounting minors must maintain a 2.5 average in all accounting courses.

 

Accounting Information Systems Minor

The accounting information systems minor highlights the impact of technology on the accounting profession as well as the regulatory and internal control issues associated with accounting information.

For an 18-credit minor, students must complete:

  • AC 11 Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • IS 100 Introduction to Information Systems
  • AC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
  • AC 265 Accounting Information Systems
  • IS 240 Systems Analysis and Logical Design
  • IS 260 Database Systems

Accounting majors may double count AC 203 for the accounting major and the accounting information systems minor. Information systems majors may double count IS 240 for the information systems major and the accounting information systems minor. Accounting information systems minors may not declare a second minor in accounting or information systems.

Course of Study

See Accounting course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information 

AC 11 Introduction to Financial Accounting
AC 12 Introduction to Management Accounting
AC 203 Intermediate Accounting I
AC 204 Intermediate Accounting II
AC 265 Accounting Information Systems
AC 310 Advanced Accounting
AC 320 Cost Management
AC 330 Auditing
AC 343 Federal Income Taxation I
AC 345 Federal Income Taxation II
AC 365 Accounting Information Systems
AC 380 Municipal and Not-For-Profit Accounting
AC 391-392 Accounting Internship
AC 397-398 Independent Study in Accounting

Internships

The accounting major and business core are designed to give you the wider scope that is invaluable whether your career is in public, corporate, or not-for-profit accounting. The following all contribute to putting you in touch with the problems and challenges of today's business environment.

  • Case studies
  • Student team projects
  • Internships
  • Visiting lecturers from corporations and government agencies
  • Business experience of faculty members

Learn more about how the Dolan School's internship opportunities can prepare you for the workforce.

Academic Success

Many of our accounting majors have taken positions with large international accounting firms after graduation. Others have gone into investment banking, the securities industry, and other corporate accounting positions. Those who choose to pursue graduate studies have entered top-flight business schools, including Fairfield's MBA and M.S. programs.

Likewise, those who opt to attend law school have been admitted to prestigious law schools including:

  • University of Connecticut
  • New York University
  • Suffolk University
  • Boston University

Learn more about how Fairfield's Career Planning Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

Meet the Faculty

Professors

Dawn Massey, CPA

Professor of Accounting Coordinator
Graduate Accounting Program

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Associate Professors

Michael P. Coyne, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting

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Patricia M. Poli, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting

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Ahmed Ebrahim, CPA

Associate Professor of Accounting

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Assistant Professors

Rebecca I. Bloch, CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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Kara Hunter

Kara Hunter

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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Milo W. Peck, Jr., CPA

Assistant Professor of Accounting

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Assistant Professor of the Practice

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Gregory Burke, CPA

Instructor of the Practice in Accounting

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Jo Ann Drusbosky, CPA

Professor of the Practice for Accounting

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Kathi Mettler, CPA

Instructor of the Practice of Accounting

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