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Accounting and Finance Chair Message

Welcome to the Department of Accounting & Finance

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Dr. Michael Barth
Department Chair

Accounting and Finance are inter-related disciplines that strive to measure the performance of an organization over time. Accounting focuses on recording and measuring the economic transactions that result from the operations of an organization, while Finance focuses on measuring the inherent value of those operations and allocating resources towards the most productive investments. The functions are complementary, and accountants and financial analysts work closely together in both corporate and non-corporate settings.

As part of the broad business training offered through the Baker School of Business, all students take courses in both accounting and finance to gain a better understanding of the overall functions of business. Students in the day program that wish to specialize in either of these areas can choose to take additional specialized courses and receive a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree in either Accounting or Finance:

  • The BSBA - Accounting major at The Citadel is designed to meet the growing job need and opportunities for accountants in public and private industry, government and not-for-profit entities and related jobs in other financial and managerial environments. The object of this degree is to prepare students with the accounting skills, technology exposure and standards and regulations for the multi-career options existing within the accounting profession.  This program provides students with professional skills including business transactional analysis, financial and managerial data gathering and analysis, financial statement interpretation and preparation, auditing, tax preparation, tax planning and requirements to meet various certifications related to their career choices. 
  • The BSBA - Finance major at The Citadel is designed to meet the growing job need and opportunities for financial institutions, investment management firms, hedge funds, certified financial planners, corporate finance, real estate investors, government and not-for-profit entities and related jobs in other financial and managerial environments. The coursework is challenging and practical, and there are additional opportunities for students to get hands-on experience through internships with financial services firms, as well as practical experience in managing real money in the Citadel Student Managed Investment Fund. Outside speakers, organized field trips, and special seminars supplement the course offerings in investment management, asset management, risk management, and asset valuation.

The department offers a variety of elective courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for students that wish to pursue additional education in a specific facet of accounting or finance. Faculty members have either terminal degrees in their respective disciplines and/or practical experience in the business world, and an extensive network of professional contacts in the profession that allow them to keep abreast of cutting edge developments in the field. As you navigate through the site, you will learn more about the department and the faculty, course offerings, undergraduate research opportunities, participation in student clubs, field trips, academic competitions, study abroad, internships, career development, mentoring programs, and community outreach opportunities.

For more information, contact Dr. Michael M. Barth, Department Head, at 843.953.0835 or send an email to

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