Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

W. Mark Wilder

Relational Format



This thesis consists of a diverse variety of case studies surrounded accounting and accounting-related issues. The first five cases span a broad range of topics, such as 9/11 and COVID-19 and their effects on the accounting industry. The last five cases, which were completed as a team, provide an in-depth analysis of Goldman Sachs, mostly through the team’s study of their 2020 and 2021 financial statements. These cases provide an overview of the company and the team’s suggested improvements in each line of service—audit, tax, advisory, and risk advisory. Through these cases, I was provided a much deeper insight into accounting in the real world and how this industry spans much further than I originally thought. Through hands-on involvement with company’s annual financial statements, personal interactions with successful businesspeople, and much online research, this thesis has only deepened my passion for this field and my excitement to enter it. Not to mention, by spending this extra time with the curriculum in a deeper fashion than in regular classrooms, I am pleased to have a greater knowledge with these accounting topics, which proved worthy during my internship and, hopefully, will only continue to push me farther in my future career as an accounting professional. This thesis was completed during the 2021-2022 academic year to fulfill the requirements of the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

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