Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

Mark Wilder

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This thesis is the composite result of a year of guided study covering various areas of financial reporting. There are a total of twelve case studies included in this thesis. Five of the case studies relate to a case competition that was created by Dr. Victoria Dickinson for her Honors Accy 402 class. For the case competition, I worked with a group of four other honors accounting students to put together a case for the Coca-Cola Company. We did a thorough analysis of the company and prepared audit, tax, and advisory strategies that would benefit Coca-Cola. To conclude our case study, we presented our best strategies to accounting professionals representing a multitude of firms. This presentation gave us the opportunity to defend our work and make ourselves known to the firms.

The remaining seven case studies cover a variety of topics that exposed me to the world of professional accounting and helped to prepare me for life after college. Additionally, I heard from many accounting professionals when they did presentations for the class. The firms represented include PwC, BDO, KPMG, EY, Deloitte, BKD, Crowe, and Whitley Penn. These presentations significantly helped me to learn about the firms including their cultures, their values, and their goals for the future.

Overall, the Accy 420 class was instrumental in developing my plan for life as an accounting professional. I gained knowledge and skills that will help me to excel in my future career. This thesis is the product of my research and discoveries.

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