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Accounting Program

Finance Program

Accounting and Finance Faculty

Accounting and Finance Policies

Department of Accounting & Finance 

Phone: (904) 620-2630
Web Address:  http://www.unf.edu/coggin/accounting

The Master of Accountancy and Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree programs are separately accredited by AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Less than 1% of business schools worldwide hold both AACSB Business and seperate Accounting Accreditation.  

Mission

The Department of Accounting and Finance of the University of North Florida shares with the University of North Florida and the Coggin College of Business its fundamental mission.

Within UNF’s Department of Accounting and Finance the accounting, finance and financial services programs are committed to providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate instruction, with particular emphasis on accounting, finance and financial services education that serves the needs of Northeast Florida. The faculty is committed to teaching excellence enhanced by research and interaction with the accounting and finance professionals in the broader business community. Specifically, the Department of Accounting and Finance seeks:

To provide Bachelor of Business Administration degrees, which prepare graduates for entry into professional and managerial positions in accounting, finance, and financial services.

To provide a professionally oriented Master of Accountancy degree, which enables career advancement and the additional accounting coursework necessary to be licensed as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) under Florida’s accountancy law.

To provide MBA students the coursework necessary to be licensed as a CPA under Florida’s accountancy law.

To provide quality undergraduate and graduate instruction in accounting and finance, which prepares students for lifelong learning and success.

To provide intellectual contributions that enhance the delivery of instruction to students, improve the application of existing knowledge, and provide solutions primarily to regional issues. The primary emphasis for intellectual contributions is applied research, followed by instructional research, and pure research.

To provide service, which contributes to meeting the personal, professional, and life-long learning needs of our students, the University community, the business community, and alumni.

To provide internship and field experience opportunities to departmental students.

To attract and retain quality faculty dedicated to teaching, research and service activities consistent with the goals of the department, college and University.

To pursue continuous improvement in teaching, research and service, the department and its stakeholders will regularly evaluate its mission, objectives and outcomes.

The programs in the Department of Accounting and Finance are designed to provide students with the tools and concepts necessary to practice in the complex professions of accounting, finance, financial services, and real estate. These disciplines are central to the proper understanding and functioning of all sectors of the economy. At UNF, these areas are taught from the viewpoint of the problems they are intended to help solve. Consequently, decision-making implications receive a high priority. Programs of the department are designed to allow the student to pursue a variety of career objectives.

One Course Repeat Rule: The Department of Accounting and Finance enforces the “one repeat rule” for all upper-division courses taught in the department, except FIN 3403 and FIN 4604. This rule applies to any course with a prefix of ACG, FIN, REE, RMI, or TAX. Students who do not successfully complete a course on the first attempt (i.e., earn a grade of D, F, W, WP, or WF) will be granted one chance to repeat the course. Students who do not successfully complete a course with two attempts will not be permitted to register for the course in future semesters.

Accounting Major

The objectives of the BBA in Accounting are:

  1. To attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds with the abilities required for success in accounting careers.
  2. To provide accounting students with analytical, team-building, and technological skills; written and oral communication skills; critical thinking, research and problem solving skills that are necessary for lifelong success in the accounting profession.
  3. To provide exposure to economic, global, political, social, legal, ethical, regulatory, environmental, and technological issues.
  4. To encourage students to become active in professional organizations in accounting and taxation.
  5. To maintain an AACSB accredited graduate and undergraduate accounting degree programs.
  6. To prepare students to enter quality graduate programs.
  7. To provide students not seeking a graduate degree a means of fulfilling the CPA requirements in Florida.
  8. To provide internship and field experience opportunities to students.
  9. To provide students the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects.
  10. To provide students opportunities for international travel and study.

 While the objectives of the various accounting areas of study have several common paths, there is a point where they diverge. Public accountants need more emphasis in the concepts and standards of auditing and financial reporting. Management accountants, serving as controllers, treasurers, and other financial executives need more concentration in the use of accounting data for predicting future costs and income, as well as for evaluative purposes. Governmental accountants need additional emphasis in special accounting methods for non-profit organizations. Internal auditors need to be able to evaluate managerial effectiveness and efficiency.

Regardless of their choice, students will be expected to demonstrate a sound liberal arts education so that their accounting studies can be seen in the perspective of the broader purposes of the organization that employs them, of society’s economic, social and cultural institutions, and of their own life goals. 

Accounting Curriculum
Finance Major

 The shared objectives of the BBA in Finance and the BBA in Financial Services are:

  1. To attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds with the abilities required for success in finance careers.

  2. To provide finance students with the skills necessary for success in the finance profession, including analytical, team-building, and technological skills; written and oral communication skills; critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills that are necessary for lifelong success in the finance field.

  3. To provide exposure to global, political, social, legal, ethical, regulatory, environmental, and technological issues.

  4. To encourage students to become active in professional organizations in finance.

  5. To provide internship and field experience opportunities to students.

  6. To provide students an opportunity to work with faculty on research projects.

  7. To provide students opportunities for international travel and study. 

 

The major in finance is designed to develop an understanding of the financial aspects of the contemporary economy, the operation of financial institutions, and the financial management of business operations. The program offers three primary focuses.

 Option 1: Corporate — emphasizes financial management of the firm and focuses on financial analysis, planning, control, and formulation and implementation of corporate financial strategy. The objective of this option is to prepare students for careers as financial managers of corporations or other for-profit or non-profit organizations.

 Option 2: Investments — emphasizes security and portfolio analysis, the trading and creation of the various instruments within the markets, and the management of assets and liabilities. The objective of this option is to prepare students for careers as financial analysts and to begin the preparation of students for the Level I test of the Certified Financial Analysis (CFA) designation.

 Option 3: Real Estate — prepares students for careers in the diverse field of real estate. The program is designed to acquaint students with real estate brokerage, management, appraisal, acquisition, lending, and development with particular emphasis on real estate appraisal, finance, and investment.

The selection of courses for the major in finance should be arranged by students with their academic advisor in conformance with the general requirements outlined below. FIN 3403 and FIN 3233 should be the first two finance courses taken. It is incumbent upon students to plan their courses with the semester in which they are normally offered. Students are warned not to delay taking their finance courses because of prerequisites and limited course offerings.

Finance Curriculum

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Financial Services Major

The shared objectives of the BBA in Finance and the BBA in Financial Services are:

  1. To attract and retain students from diverse backgrounds with the abilities required for success in finance careers.

  2. To provide finance students with the skills necessary for success in the finance profession, including analytical, team-building, and technological skills; written and oral communication skills; critical thinking, research and problem-solving skills that are necessary for lifelong success in the finance field.

  3. To provide exposure to global, political, social, legal, ethical, regulatory, environmental, and technological issues.

  4. To encourage students to become active in professional organizations in finance.

  5. To provide internship and field experience opportunities to students.

  6. To provide students an opportunity to work with faculty on research projects.

  7. To provide students opportunities for international travel and study.

 

The major in financial services is designed for the student who is interested in a career in the dynamic financial services sector which includes personal financial planning, banking, insurance, and related areas.

This major integrates finance, accounting, employee benefits, and insurance. The objective is to prepare students for careers in the growing fields of financial services and financial planning. This concentration also emphasizes communication skills. The curriculum is designed to prepare students for the examinations leading to professional designations such as Certified Financial PlannerTM (CFP TM) and Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC).

The selection of courses for the major in financial services should be arranged by students with their academic advisor in conformance with the general requirements outlined below.

The requirements for a major in financial services are:

  1. Prerequisites for Coggin College of Business:
    60 lower-level credit hours from an approved institution (See accounting curriculum for complete details).

  2. Requirements to earn the bachelor of business administration degree with a major in financial services are:

Financial Services Curriculum

CFPTM and Certified Financial PlannerTM are certification marks owned by the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc. These marks are awarded to individuals who successfully complete the CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

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Department of Accounting & Finance Faculty

Phone: (904) 620-2630
Web Addresshttp://www.unf.edu/coggin/accounting

David G. Jaeger, Associate Professor, Chair & Director of Master of Accountancy Program
Thomas L. Barton, Professor & Chairholder
Timothy Bell, Professor, Chairholder & Coggin Distinguished Professor of Accounting
Charles H. Calhoun, Professor
Reinhold P. Lamb, Professor & Chairholder
John B. MacArthur, Professor & Chairholder
John P. McAllister, Professor 
Jeffrey E. Michelman, Professor, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies & Director of Honors Program
Oliver Schnusenberg, Professor
Parvez Ahmed, Associate Professor
Lynn M. Comer-Jones, Associate Professor
Pieter de Jong, Associate Professor
Cheryl J. Frohlich, Associate Professor
John E. McEldowney, Associate Professor
Robert Slater, Associate Professor
Sean Davis, Assistant Professor
Dana Hart, Assistant Professor
Hubert W. Gill, Senior Instructor
Diane L. Tanner, Senior Instructor
James McCague, Senior Instructor

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Department of Accounting & Finance Policies

Undergraduate

  •  A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses. 
  • Please see an advisor for an OFFICIAL program of study and your personalized My Osprey Map to stay on track for graduation.  
  • You must complete prerequisites before registering for any course. Refer to the Course Catalog for details.   
  • Accounting & Finance majors are encouraged to take advantage of internship and study abroad opportunities for credit.  See academic advisor for details. 
  • There are opportunities for select students to do research with a professor for credit.  A student's GPA must be 2.5 or better to take advantage of this opportunity. 
  •  Students have 10 years to complete these programs. 
  • A student must have a UNF & program GPA of 2.0 or better in order to graduate. 

One Repeat Policy

The Department of Accounting and Finance enforces the "one repeat rule" for all upper-division courses taught in the department, except FIN3403 and FIN4604.  This rule applies to any course with a prefix of ACG, FIN, REE, RMI, or TAX.  Undergrate students who do not successfully complete a course on the first attempt (i.e., earn a grade of D, F, W, or WF) will be granted one chance to repeat the course.  Students who do not successfully complete a course with two attempts will not be permitted to register for the course in future semesters.

Graduate

  • Master of Accountancy students are expected to make a "B" or better in all graduate level courses.
  • Students have 7 years to complete this program.
  • Transfer courses are very restricted.  See your academic advisor for details.
  • A student must have a UNF graduate level GPA of 3.0 or better in order to graduate.

 

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