Choosing my Accounting-Related Major

June 22, 2015
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Starting in Fall 2015, students interested in a major related to accounting and forensic accounting have a new choice – the major in Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics – the FEFF major. The FEFF major eventually replaces Concentration C in the Economics major, but for a while some students will have the choice of completing either major.

The FEFF program is designed to engage students to think about and find solutions to the problem of fraud and financial crimes from integrative and interdisciplinary perspectives. Graduation with this major can lead to many professional opportunities in forensic accounting, fraud examination and related fields. I can also prepare the student for graduate study, including John Jay’s MPA program in Inspection and Oversight and the Advanced Certificate in Forensic Accounting which qualifies the student to sit for the CPA examination.

This article provides answers to questions frequently asked by students.

Do I have a choice between ECO-C and FEFF?

Students already enrolled at JJCCJ before Fall 2015, students admitted for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016, and students enrolled in the CUNY Justice Academy ECO-C program have the choice. Specifics for each category of student are specified in questions and answers below.

What is the difference between ECO-C and FEFF?

ECO-C (Economics Major Concentration C in Forensic Financial Analysis) is an Economics major that includes accounting and forensic financial analysis courses. Students take more Economics courses. FEFF (Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics) is more focused on forensic accounting and includes advanced accounting courses that are necessary for most accounting-related positions and for graduate programs leading to eligibility to sit for the CPA exam.

FEFF effectively requires at least 4 additional courses, but for most students the actual difference when prerequisites are considered, and when courses are considered that also satisfy General Education requirements, FEFF actually requires two additional courses. For transfer students from the CUNY Justice Academy ECO and FEFF programs, additional community college courses transfer to FEFF so that the overall FEFF requires fewer courses than ECO-C.

The following is a side-by-side summary of requirements. For more detailed information the following are links to full descriptions of both programs:

  • Link to ECO-C
  • LINK to FEFF

 

Course or Requirement Economics Concentration C Fraud Examination and Financial Forensics
Prerequisites ECO 101, ECO 120 or ECO 125  
General Education   PHI 102 or 201 College Option
    ECO 101
    SOC 101 Flexible Core
Requirements ECO 220  
  ECO 225  
  CJBS 101  
  LAW 202  
  STA 250 STA 250
  ACC 250 ACC 250
    PAD 331 or ECO/SOC 360
    ACC 265 Digital Forensics
    ACC 2xx Accounting Information Systems
  ACC 307 ACC 307 Forensic Accounting I
  ACC 308 ACC 308 Auditing
  ACC 309 ACC 309 Forensic Accounting II
    ACC 2xx Intermediate Accounting I
    ACC 3yy Intermediate Accounting II
Electives  – select 2 ACC 264, 265  
  ECO 215, 235, 330, 360  
Electives – Liberal Arts   Select 2-4 from 13 courses
Electives – Applied   Select 0-2 from 10 courses
Capstone ACC 410 Seminar ACC 410 Seminar
     
Courses 12, 13 including prerequisite 18, 16 excluding 2 that count as Gen Ed

 

I am an incoming freshman, starting my studies at John Jay in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016. Should I choose ECO-C or FEFF?

On your CUNY application form, you were not given the choice of FEFF because it had not been approved by the State Education Department in time. However, it has since been approved so you can select FEFF as you major. You can also select ECO-C as your major and subprogram.

I am an incoming CUNY Justice Academy joint degree transfer student and have ECO-C as my major. Should I continue with ECO-C or change to FEFF?

You can choose either program. You should meet with an advisor to require your options. Depending on your community college courses, FEFF may require fewer additional courses, and it will provide a more comprehensive preparation for an accounting-related career.

I am an incoming transfer student from a non-CUNY college in Fall 2015 or Spring 2016, or from CUNY but not the CUNY Justice Academy. Should I choose ECO-C or FEFF?

You can choose either program. You should meet with an advisor to require your options. Depending on your community college courses, FEFF may require fewer additional courses, and it will provide a more comprehensive preparation for an accounting-related career.

I am a John Jay student in the Economics major, and I am interested in forensic accounting. Should I stay with ECO-C or switch to FEFF? Can I still select ECO-C if I haven’t already?

You should meet with and advisor to review your options. If you have completed many of the Economics major courses, it may be in your best interest to stay in ECO-C. If you have not selected ECO-C  as your concentration you can still do that, but you may need a special approval.

If I need advising, whom should I contact?

If you are in incoming freshman or transfer student, you will be offered advising with advisors who specialize in your initial transition to John Jay. All other students should contact Yvonne Purdie at ypurdie@jjay.cuny.edu or 212 237-8554. She can advise you, or set up an appointment with a faculty member if needed.