Mount St. Mary's Universityin Emmitsburg, Md. announced that they are planning a new "Forensic Accounting” course for undergrads next Fall,the Frederick News-Post reports.

Lecturer Lawrence Hoffman, an accountant of more than 35 years, said few undergraduate forensic accounting programs exist in the country; even fewer at the undergraduate level.

Forensic accounting is a growing field that concerns analyzing financial information for legal proceedings and possibly detecting fraud. Such skills are high in demand for many financial sectors.

The degree will be comprised of 30 credits of accounting courses and 18 credits of forensic accounting-related courses, including two electives, Hoffman said. Students will also be able to choose to double major in both accounting and forensic accounting.

Since Forensic Accounting deals with fraud, some of the available electives are criminal justice-centered, including “Organized Crime.”

In addition to major accounting firms desiring forensic accountants, the government and nonprofit sector would also utilize their skills, Hoffman said. 

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