Accounting + Finance Honors Program

Taking it to the next level

Push the boundaries of your learning experience by joining the Accounting or Finance Department Honors Program. If you are willing to rise to the occasion, you will be challenged to succeed in special classes designed to encourage outstanding students (like you) to pursue projects, internships and collaborative research. As a result, you will develop skills in independent learning, critical inquiry and leadership that will use now and in your professional career.

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

I realized that hard work and determination does pay off and that all of my time spent studying and doing homework was well worth it.

Katelyn Goettl | University, accounting and finance honors
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