Department Spotlight: Finance

Business is a growing industry. The keys to business are the cogs that keep it running; finance, economics and accounting.

Jacksonville State University has its own Department of Finance, Economics and Accounting. A part of the College of Commerce & Business, the department prides itself on its excellence.

The College of Commerce & Business has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the AACSB, a distinction afforded only to twenty-five percent of business schools worldwide.

“Students who obtain a major in either accounting or finance are among the most sought after graduates,” said Dr. William Scroggins, head of the department at JSU.

“It instills confidence in employers of our graduates, that they are hiring someone of high quality,” said Scroggins.

“We offer required courses in economics, statistics, accounting, finance, and the legal and social environment,” said Scroggins. “Other majors such as education take our Principles of Economics class, and students in sports management take our Sports Economics course.”

Recently, the department held its first Meet the Employers event at Alumni House. Accounting majors were interviewed by prospective employers, while they learned about the field after graduation.

The department also has an ongoing program with SaveFirst, a nonprofit organization in Alabama.

Students work to prepare tax returns for Northeast Alabama families as they gain work experience. Last semester several students went on to complete their internship with SaveFirst.

An honorary society for accounting majors, Beta Alpha Psi, is currently in the works. The society will have GPA requirements for entering, and will host student-run events each semester, with five tentatively planned for this fall.

Students from outside the department have begun branching into finance as well. Many students from the art and drama departments have begun to pursue minors in business, to gain an understanding of the business world for when it comes time to begin their artistic careers.

“Any student may take Principles of Real Estate, which is very popular. Many students also take Business Law, especially political science majors,” said Scroggins.

“They offer the opportunity to have outstanding careers in business, in high quality positions. They fill a need in society. The subjects and courses that we provide give knowledge that a person can utilize and benefit from in a business and personal lifestyle,” said Scroggins.

John Sterling
Staff Reporter

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