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Accounting and Finance Department Honors Program

The UW-Eau Claire Honors Program offers students two options: University Honors and Departmental/School Honors. Students may complete one or both programs.

The Department of Accounting and Finance Departmental Honors Program provides accounting and finance students with opportunities for academic enrichment and challenge beyond usual course coverage and requirements. The program encourages and allows outstanding students to pursue projects, internships and collaborative research projects that require an understanding of relationships between different areas of accounting and finance. Finally, the program enhances student capacity for critical inquiry and for independent learning, and develops their potential for leadership in the accounting and finance profession.

Participation in the Department of Accounting and Finance Departmental Honors Program is documented on the student's university record.

For more information about the Accounting and Finance Departmental Honors Program, contact Dr. Raj Aroskar, department chair or Ingrid Ulstad, senior lecturer in Accounting.

Criteria for Accounting Students

Eligibility. Upper-class accounting majors with resident, overall, and major GPAs of 3.50 or higher. Completion of Acct 302 and admission to the College of Business.

Procedure. Students will be invited to apply for participation in the Departmental Honors Program by instructors during a student's enrollment in Accounting 302 or by a faculty advisor after completion of Accounting 302. Students may apply without an invitation from a faculty member, but must obtain a letter of support from a faculty member. An application must be submitted to the department chair. The application should be submitted prior to the student's last two semesters of study. The application form should outline the student's plan to complete department honors.

Requirements. At graduation, the student must have resident, overall, and major GPAs of 3.50 or higher. In addition, the student must submit evidence that two of the following have been satisfactorily completed:

  • Participation in a faculty/student collaborative accounting research project
  • Presentation of a research project off campus (at a conference)
  • Completion of an accounting project designed and executed under the guidance of an accounting faculty member (may include projects for community members or local companies)
  • Completion of an internship in accounting
  • Acceptance of an accounting paper in a peer-reviewed journal.

Criteria for Finance Students

Eligibility. Upper-class finance majors with resident, overall, and major GPAs of 3.50 or higher. Completion of Fin 320 and admission to the College of Business

Procedure. Students will be invited to apply for participation in the Departmental Honors Program by instructors during a student's enrollment in Finance 321 and/or 322 or by a faculty advisor after completion of Finance 321 and/or 322. Students may apply without an invitation from a faculty member, but must have a letter of support from a faculty member.An application must be submitted to the department chair. The application should be submitted prior to the student's last two semesters of study. The application form should outline the student's plan to complete department honors.

Requirements. At graduation, the student must have resident, overall, and major GPAs of 3.50 or higher. In addition, the student must submit evidence that two of the following have been satisfactorily completed:

  • Participation in a faculty/student collaborative accounting research project
  • Presentation of a research project off campus (at a conference)
  • Completion of a finance project designed and executed under the guidance of a finance faculty member (may include projects for community members or local companies)
  • Completion of an internship in finance
  • Completion of the first exam for the CFA exam with a passing score
  • Acceptance of a finance paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
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