Economics & Accounting

What is Economics-Accounting?
Accounting provides the means for organizing, summarizing and interpreting information about economic activities within companies and organizations. Managers, lenders, analysts, and investors use this information. Accountants play a critical and ever-changing role in this process by providing relevant information to decision-makers and by acting as advisors in its interpretation. Accountants are needed within business organizations to provide information to business managers and to control business operations. Accountants can also work independently of businesses as public accountants providing management services, taxation advice and independent audit service, which lend credibility to financial and other information.

At UCSB, the Department of Economics places a special emphasis on accounting in the context of the study of economics. Economics-Accounting majors experience a rigorous series of courses in financial management, intermediate accounting, advanced cost/managerial accounting, and accounting information systems. The major helps students prepare for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) Uniform Examination. Historically, UCSB accounting students have achieved a high degree of success on the CPA exam. The student’s experience in accounting is formally acknowledged in the name of the major and on the student’s official transcript, for recognition by potential employers.

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