University of Southern California

Why Accounting?

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word accountant?

a. A bean counter sitting all alone in a cubicle with an adding machine.

b. A tax and financial planner, helping people like rock stars and athletes manage their money.

c. Someone working with the FBI to fight white-collar crime, fraud and money laundering.

If you answered b or c, you know more about accounting than you think. Remember Enron? If it were not for professional accountants specializing in audit and investigating the Enron case, the Enron executives would never have been caught.

Recent business developments have brought to light the critical role accounting plays in business, its impact on the bottom-line, the stock market, and the economy. As it is at the heart of business, having a background in accounting is an unbeatable preparation for any field that involves business. Whether you dream of starting your own company or becoming the CEO of a corporation, an accounting background can help you get there. Read some featured articles about the accounting profession.

The accounting profession is growing and changing -- and the Leventhal School of Accounting can help you develop the skills that are critical to success in any line of business, but particularly in accounting. One of the most important skills you will learn is how to think critically and strategically about an issue rather than just coming up with the right answer to the problem at the end of a chapter. As an accounting major, you will be challenged to express and support your opinions. You will learn how to research and analyze a business solution, helping you to develop problem solving and decision-making skills.

The Leventhal School offers world-class programs in all areas of accounting. Ranked among the top undergraduate accounting programs in the nation, the school has consistently made a mark in its region and the nation by providing the accounting profession with top-notch practitioners and educators. Just minutes from the financial district of downtown Los Angeles, the school is well known for its strong ties to the business and accounting community. The participation of business leaders in the Leventhal School provides USC's accounting students with enhanced programs, exceptional opportunities, and a clear advantage for the future.

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Professor Gareth James started his academic career sitting close to the bottom of his class but, with some unexplainable drive he eventually made his way to the top of his class. As he reflects over his academic success, he discovers that what was once his most hated subject is the one that he credits most for his ability to be an excellent student and teacher.