Description: To expose students to technical topics and emerging issues in accounting, business, and in related professions such as law. The course will also address career opportunities in the practice of public accounting, industry, financial services, government, and in business more generally.
The course will be delivered by guest speakers discussing topics of professional interest. Most of these presentations will provide a practicing professional’s insights regarding technical issues and concerns affecting the accounting profession. Some sessions will relate to professional career planning, and the speakers will discuss various specialty areas, unusual occupations, unique firm practice structures, or non-traditional career opportunities.
The course will consist of nine meetings. The first meeting will be an orientation. During the remainder of the semester, students will attend seven two-hour sessions. Each presentation will last approximately 60 minutes and be followed by a 15 to 30 minute question and answer period. A reception will follow during which time the students can interact one-on-one with the speaker and his or her associates. The last meeting of the course will be a summary session where the students will be required to complete an exit survey.
Objectives: Upon completion of this course, students will:
- Be familiar with the ideas of professionals who are leaders in their fields.
- Be able to discuss emerging issues in accounting, business, and related professions.
- Recognize the diverse set of career possibilities that are available to individuals with an accounting education and experience.
Credit and Grading: One credit. The course may not be repeated for additional credit. The course may only be completed only using the satisfactory/unsatisfactory grading method.
Prerequisite: None. Open to all majors.
Course Materials: None. Speakers may provide course materials to supplement their presentation.
Performance Evaluation: Course grades are satisfactory or unsatisfactory. Documented attendance at six of the seven speaker events and completion of the exit survey will constitute a satisfactory grade.