Dr. Roger Flint
Associate Professor of Accounting
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Accounting is part of the Paul Dickinson College of Business.
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What makes an OBU Accounting degree special?
The accounting degree at OBU is a rigorous program designed to equip students for a variety of professional jobs upon graduation. Most importantly, it is designed to prepare the graduate to pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant examination. Class sizes are small, therefore, students can receive considerable individual attention.
What are OBU grads doing with their Accounting degrees?
Students with degrees in Accounting from OBU are working in Big 5 national and international accounting firms (e.g., Ernst & Young; KPMG), regional firms (e.g., Finley & Cook), large profit-oriented corporations (e.g., Wal-mart), as well as non-profit organizations.
What courses can I take?
All account classes have their own "coolness" factor though most students will find them quite different from other "cool" classes on campus. The applied nature of the discipline requires the development of professional skills. As a result, each course places a strong emphasis on developing one's ability to use technology to prepare daily assignments which represent professional-quality work.
What do OBU Accounting faculty specialize in?
Accounting faculty are equipped to teach a broad range of accounting courses. Nonetheless, their teaching assignments generally allow them to specialize in (1) Tax Accounting and Auditing or (2) Financial Reporting for Profit and Nonprofit Entities.
Cooperative education is a big plus for accounting students. Upon securing employment in an accounting firm, a student can earn up to 12 hours of credit for actual work in a firm. This can be earned during the summer, during January, or during the course of a semester. Employers generally view relevant work experience as a huge plus when considering the employment prospects of a candidate.
Additionally, one student-led club, the Accounting and Finance club, provides opportunities for students with similar educational interests . This club in the past has brought speakers to campus to familiarize students with their day-to-day experiences. Furthermore, Students in Free Enterprise [SIFE], an international organization, provides opportunites for all students 'to make a difference in their communities while developing the skills to become socially responsible business leaders (http://www.sife.org/Pages/default.aspx retrieved Aprl 13, 2009). In the past, SIFE students at OBU have participated in the VITA (volunteer tax assistance) program by helping taxpayers file thier income tax returns.