Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2023

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis



First Advisor

Victoria Dickinson

Second Advisor

W. Mark Wilder

Relational Format



Throughout my junior year at the University of Mississippi in my Honors practicum class, I was able to analyze ten cases covering a wide variety of accounting topics. During the fall semester of 2021, the class researched cities around the U.S. and internationally for accounting internships, became Corporate Finance Institute Excel Certified, and conducted an interview with a professional that had experience and wisdom to share regarding the business world. Additionally, the class had the privilege of having highly acclaimed accounting firms speak to the class on an array of accounting issues. The practicum class began with a documentary covering September 11, 2001, and then transitioned into the impact of COVID-19 on Pfizer’s financial position and business operations. In the spring of 2022, I worked with three of my classmates for the duration of the semester on a comprehensive accounting and financial analysis of a fortune 500 company of our choosing. The thesis’s final five cases present our research on Target Corporation, including evaluations of financial statements and recommendations for service lines such as audit, tax, and advisory. We defended our research at the end of the semester in front of a panel of classmates, professors, and accredited accounting professionals from distinguished firms around the country.

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