Letter from the Accounting Honors Director
The Ohio State University Accounting Honors program is the pride of the Department of Accounting and MIS faculty. We seek students who embrace challenges and are not only interested in learning about the profession of accounting but also are eager to study accounting as an intellectual subject. Along the way, you will become proficient at economic analysis of business decisions and learn about the importance of accounting, from its facilitation of the operations of small businesses to its role in the financial markets.
You may be curious about whether you are a good fit for our program. While it is generally true that aptitude and prior coursework in such academic fields as economics, mathematics, and statistics are nice to have, the most important characteristic of an Accounting Honors student is a healthy attitude towards learning.
Accounting Honors students typically fit this description. If you do as well, you will find that taking courses from active researchers who are genuinely interested in educating their students is exactly what a university education should be about. In addition, our graduates consistently mention that the highlight of their Accounting Honors experience is the frequent opportunities to interact with other hard-working and motivated students. Due to these experiences, our students make lifelong friends. Further, our alumni frequently are eager to return and talk to our current students about the value of participation in the Accounting Honors program.
You may be wondering whether the Accounting Honors program is for you. While many of our students are interested at least initially in public accounting, it turns out that many of our graduates go directly from the program to careers in consulting, investment banking, law school, medical and dental school, and Ph.D. programs.
The reason why the program can be beneficial for people in such diverse fields is our curriculum, which develops in students the ability and confidence to think for themselves. Students are expected to learn how to work independently and arrive to class prepared to participate in an active discussion. Rote learning is simply not part of the program. The value of this approach is students are prepared for a career, rather than merely for an entry level position.
If what we have to offer appeals to you, I encourage you to scan our webpages and learn more about our program. Of course, it goes without saying I will be happy to have you contact me by email or phone, so I can address your questions.
Professor Rick Young
Director, Accounting Honors program