The role of the accountant has been transformed in recent years. Technological advances have created an environment of rapid change, and in response, accounting has evolved in complexity. Accountants are more than financial historians who simply record and communicate financial data; they have become a critical part of management. Today’s accountants are moving out of the corporate shadows to take center stage in their companies, handling greater responsibility and participating in broader business issues. The accounting profession is one of the most rapidly growing professions in the country.
An efficient supply chain management system – making sure the supply of goods and services flowing through the system closely matches the demand – is critical to the success of many global corporations such as Wal-Mart, Toyota, Samsung and Raytheon. Logistics and Supply Chain professionals manage, coordinate, manufacture and transport products from raw materials to the finished goods available at local stores. The Logistics and Supply Chain Management major is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary foundation in logistics and supply chain management in preparation for careers in operations management, logistics, purchasing, industrial distribution and transportation.
To meet rapidly increasing demand, the Accounting curriculum provides a thorough education in the discipline. The program develops and enhances a student’s critical thinking, judgment, and communication skills, while providing a sound technical foundation. Students who wish to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) examination in Alabama and 44 other jurisdictions must meet a 150 semester-credit hour requirement. At AAMU, this can be accomplished through taking additional coursework at the undergraduate level or by pursuing a master’s degree.
Students majoring in Logistics and Supply Chain Management integrate topics from manufacturing operations, purchasing, transportation, and physical distribution into a unified program. The objectives are to provide students with a comprehensive background in each area and also to allow them an opportunity to study an application of models to increase efficiency of the flow of goods and services across organizations.
This specialized accounting and logistics knowledge, along with a broad liberal arts, mathematics, science, and business background, is designed to prepare students:
to enter the accounting professions in public accounting, industry, or the private sector;
for future growth and development within the accounting and logistics professions;
for advanced studies in accounting, logistics and supply chain management and other business fields, and
to provide the educational foundation for future advancement to administrative and leadership positions.
The Department offers a major leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Bachelor of Science in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.