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Accounting Information Technology Majors Consult for Austin Studio

Esteban Balboa ’13 and Alex Patterson ’14 are consulting on a project for Powerhouse Animation in Austin. They are streamlining Powerhouse’s business processes to a single database for operating information accessed online.

Accounting Information Technology

The Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Information Technology (AIT) at St. Edward’s pairs accounting with computer science in a unique five-year program. This dual degree is ideal for students who enjoy applying technical systems to analyze and manage accounting information. You’ll graduate with two degrees, a BBA in Accounting and a BA in Computer Information Technology, that can lead to licensure as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).

One of the few undergraduate programs of its kind in the United States, Accounting Information Technology puts you at the intersection of accounting and information technology. You’ll gain hands-on experience in class projects guided by faculty members who have decades of professional experience. Leaders from the business and AIT communities are regular classroom speakers and provide relevant insights from their own experience — along with networking opportunities for students.

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Information Technology

Overview:

The BBA in Accounting Information Technology prepares you for a variety of roles in a high-demand field that spans every area of commerce. You’ll expand your critical thinking skills, learn to prepare and analyze crucial business information, and create technological solutions to improve operations. This dual-degree program meets nearly every course requirement needed to sit for the CPA exam.

Accounting
To prepare you for the rigors of the Accounting major, you’ll study topics such as financial, cost and government accounting, auditing, tax and accounting information systems … and become fluent in the financial language of business. You’ll build on your passion for problem solving and explore other areas of commerce such as finance, marketing economics and management. You’ll also gain an understanding of the importance of accounting practice and learn about the newest trends such as International Financial Reporting Standards.

Computer Information Technology
Through the complementary Computer Science major, you’ll become adept in the utilization of technology to solve problems, generate new information and improve operational efficiency. You’ll help organizations stay ahead of rapid changes in business practices — and maintain a competitive edge — by applying current technological innovations to your working environment.

As an Accounting Information Technology graduate with dual degrees, you’ll be prepared to work in corporate, nonprofit and governmental organizations in finance and accounting, as well as information technology. Or you could work across both areas in smaller organizations. For example, you could become a junior auditor with one of the Big Four, a cyber fraud analyst at the FBI or IRS, an information-systems professional or financial software developer at a technology firm, or a financial advisor with a tax preparation firm.

To increase employment opportunities, many graduates pursue advanced degrees in related business disciplines, such as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) or a Master of Accounting or Computer Information Technology. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions, research and program events — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.

Course Preview:

In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BBA in Accounting Information Technology majors take courses from these groups:

ACCOUNTING CORE COURSES
Students who major in accounting information technology complete accounting core courses, which include Intermediate Accounting I and II, Cost Accounting, Federal Taxation, Auditing, Accounting Information Systems and Governmental Accounting.

COMPUTER SCIENCE CORE COURSES
Students who major in accounting information technology complete computer science core courses, which include Discrete Mathematics, Computing Sciences Concepts and Lab, Computer Organization, Data Storage Systems, Database Theory, Software Engineering, and Human-Computer Interaction.

BUSINESS CORE COURSES
Accounting information technology majors complete business core courses, which include Principles of Marketing, Business Statistics, Micro and Macro Economics, Principles of Accounting I and II, Business Statistics, Operations and Strategic Management, Managerial Communications, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

SENIOR PROJECT
The Senior Project for accounting information technology students involves development and/or research of a technological solution to a client accounting problem, or the completion of a research project in an area of accounting technology following traditional scientific methods. Past Senior Projects have included such challenges as identifying appropriate information systems for an international information company and a local trading exchange company. Other projects include an analysis of data mining capabilities, design and implementation of a customer relations tool for a local enterprise, and development and testing of a computer-based algorithm for early detection of fraud in published financial statements.

View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting Information Technology.

Research

At St. Edward’s, you’ll participate in professional-level research typically reserved for graduate students at
larger universities. You’ll work alongside professors to produce research that builds your confidence and skills and prepares you for graduate studies and your career in accounting information technology.

Our students not only conduct research, they publish and present their work — and win awards — at local, regional and national conferences, including these:

  • Accounting Information Systems Educators Conference
  • Symposium for Undergraduate Research and Expression (SOURCE) at St. Edward’s
  • Texas Academy of Science

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