2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    Jul 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

Accounting BS

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Business Programs (Undergraduate and Graduate)

College of Business
Department Chair David Gargone, EdD


John R. Ash, Assistant Professor of Business, BS, MS King’s College; PhD Walden University

Gary M. Bernstein, Instructor of Sport Management, B.S. Slippery Rock University; M.S. University of North Texas

Mary B. Carden, Professor Emerita of Business, BS College Misericordia; MA New York University; MBA University of Scranton

Fred J. Croop, Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; EdD Northcentral University

Jean R. Cupidon, Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, B.Sc., M.A. Indiana University; Ph.D. Texas Tech University

David Gargone, Associate Professor of Business, BS University of Scranton; MAT Rockford College; EdD United States Sports Academy

Zhen Ma, Associate Professor of Business, BA City University of New York Queens College; PhD City University of New York Graduate Center

Charles J. Makar, Instructor of Business, BA, BS, MBA Wilkes University

Allen C. Minor, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Business, BS University of Baltimore; MS University of South Carolina; DBA Nova Southeastern University

Ronald V. Petrilla, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Bloomsburg State College; MS University of Scranton; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Corina Slaff, Associate Professor of Business, BS, MBA Wilkes University; PhD Capella University

Joshua D. Winneker, Assistant Professor of Business, BA Muhlenberg College; JD Seton Hall University School of Law

Program and Student Learning Outcomes

The business department aims to prepare students for success in both their careers and life. This is accomplished through a holistic and integrated approach to learning which enable students to adapt to new and changing business paradigms. The deparment aims to develop students analytical, problem-solving and critical-thinking skills to help them to integrate real-world based learning experiences with business concepts and practices. Importantly, the department emphasizes the development of a framework for ethical decision-making, and strives to give students the ability to recognize and understand awareness of social and ethical issues relevant to business. Consequently, students should develop the ability to recognize and understand the values of mercy, justice, and hospitality.

Upon completion of any business program (accounting, business administration, health care management, sport management, MBA), graduates will:

Program Learning Outcome 1: Students will use critical concepts and fundamental principles in the core business disciplines.
Student Learning Outcome 1: Students will comprehend and integrate major concepts and principles in the functional areas of business, economics, accounting, finance, marketing and management.

Program Learning Outcome 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively.
Student Learning Outcome 2: Students will present ideas, using appropriate technologies, effectively in oral and written forms for differing professional audiences.


Program Learning Outcome 3: Students will think critically and analytically in the business sphere.
Student Learning Outcome 3: Students will analyze and apply appropriate quantitative and qualitative tools to solve business problems and evaluate information critically to formulate sound business decisions.

Program Learning Outcome 4: Students will demonstrate comprehension of the importance of social and ethical concepts in business.
Student Learning Outcome 4: Students will be able to identify and assess ethical and social responsibilities of business organizations.

Program Learning Outcome 5: Students will comprehend the impact of globalization on the business environment.
Student Learning Outcome 5: Students will be able to evaluate cultural diversity and integrate global trends in their business decision making.

Bachelor of Science in Accounting

Program Director Fred Croop, EdD

Accounting is the language of business that allows different entities to communicate effectively with each other. The accounting profession provides this vital service to management and owners of business firms, investors, creditors, labor unions, government agencies, and, most importantly, to the general public. The curriculum of the accounting major is designed to provide individuals with communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills, as well as the technical proficiency to become professional accountants.

The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and other accounting organizations continually emphasize the value of a broad approach to education. The liberal arts core and business support courses that are required of all accounting majors address this need and help individuals acquire the necessary skills that will contribute to a productive life and satisfying career. The accounting faculty emphasizes the importance of these abilities in accounting courses that also contain the profession’s technical body of knowledge. Accounting courses also integrate an extensive use of computers and standard business software into instruction and student assignments. Students are given instruction in business writing and presentation skills.

Work experience is a powerful educational tool in a discipline such as accounting. Thus, on-campus interviews are scheduled with accounting firms and companies for student placement in accounting internship positions. All accounting majors are encouraged to serve an internship in the spring of their senior year. Placement of students in internships is dependent upon successful completion of required course work, availability of placement employers, and the student’s interview.

Forensic Accounting Specialization

The accounting major forensic specialization provides the student with a foundation in the methods employed by accountants, auditors, and managers in preventing and detecting fraud and deception in business entities, not-for-profit organizations, and governmental agencies. The specialization is open to Accounting majors only. Accounting majors will choose three out of the following four courses to complete the specialization:

Sequence of Required Courses

For description and requirements of the Five-year track BS, Accounting and MBA, see MBA program description .

First Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Total Credits 16

Sophomore Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Total Credits 15

Junior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Second Semester

Total Credits 15

Senior Year

First Semester

Total Credits 15

Second Semester

Total Credits 15

Total Required for Graduation 121 Credits

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