Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-9-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Relational Format



The Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College gives students of the Patterson School of Accountancy the unique opportunity to undergo an alternative thesis process. I completed two classes, one in each semester of my third year, in which I studied technical accounting and financial reporting through case studies. These case studies required that I research multiple aspects of the accounting field, including data analytics, financial statements and other accounting principles. In addition, Dr. Dickinson invited accounting professionals from prominent accounting firms to our class to give honors students the opportunity to learn and network.

I could not be any more grateful for the opportunity to pursue and alternative thesis route. Not only was it beneficial to learn about the principles and theories of accounting in-depth, but the chance to interact with real professionals was invaluable. Dr. Dickinson took the time to schedule Big 4 and regional firms to come present to our class 6 times per semester, and I truly think it increased my likelihood of getting an internship.

I recently returned from a Big 4 audit internship in New York City, where I have accepted a full-time offer upon completion of my Master’s degree and CPA. The following review of accounting through case studies is a reflection of my growth and success over the time at the University of Mississippi and as a student of the SMBHC and PSOA.



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