Phillip W. Morris
To be a leading professional accounting department among Texas universities providing a relevant curriculum delivered by professional faculty dedicated to teaching, research, and service.
Our mission is to prepare our students to enter the accounting profession in the public, industry, and not-for-profit sectors through excellent teaching and pedagogy and through the creation of a sound learning environment. In support of this mission our faculty will produce intellectual contributions that contribute to the professional practice of accounting, to accounting pedagogy, and to discipline based research. We will also maintain a level of interaction with the accounting profession that ensures the continued relevance of our program and viability of our graduates.
The Department of Accounting works closely with outside stakeholders in CPA firms, industry, and government in order to ensure that the accounting curriculum provides students with the necessary skill sets and knowledge to successfully function as professional accountants upon graduation. Evidence of the success of this process is provided in part by the continued recruitment of SHSU accounting graduates by numerous, diverse employers. Accounting majors participate in the annual Meet the Firms career fair held in the Fall semester. This function, which first began in 1997 and is organized by the SHSU Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honor organization, is attended by employers that are specifically and many times solely interested in accounting majors and, in some cases, finance majors. Accounting majors, minors, MIS majors, and finance majors from all levels attend this event to begin or to continue their participation in the recruitment and hiring process.
- Public accountant
- Tax accountant
- Cost accountant
- Government accountant
- Budget accountant
- Budget analyst
- Credit analyst
- Financial examiner
- Tax examiner
- Revenue agent
- Beta Alpha Psi
- National Association of Black Accountants
- Student membership in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA)
- Student membership Institute of Management Accountants (IMA)
The Department of Accounting has an active internship program and students are encouraged to participate. Selection requirements are rigorous and involve meeting both minimum standards set by the Department of Accounting and selection by the hiring firm or business following an interview process.These internships must meet guidelines as established by the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy and involve specific, direct accounting training and activity beyond routine clerical and office activities. While students generally participate in these internships in the latter part of their undergraduate studies, graduate students may also participate.
Scholarships are available on a competitive basis for accounting majors. Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships using the ScholarX program on the Financial Aid website. The ScholarX program is a single application that will allow the student to apply for most scholarships available on campus whether at the departmental, college, or university-level. The deadline for applying for Department of Accounting scholarships is February 15. Department of Accounting scholarship recipients are announced in April for the following academic year. The specific scholarships that are available through the Department of Accounting vary from year to year.