School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, 1921, Overview

The School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance, University of Denver, was established and affiliated as a special department of the University, having its own charter and officers, in 1908.

It is the oldest and best' established professional college of Accounting and Business Administration in the western half of the United States. Probably no other institution specializes to such an extent in accounting.

The School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance meets the most important educational needs of modern business.

1. It affords professional training of the very highest grade for Certified Public Accountants.

2. It trains teachers for commercial branches in business colleges, high schools, and universities.

3. It fits college men for the most responsible business positions.

4. It affords special training for young men who may desire to enter the field of foreign trade.

5. An especially strong course is offered for men or women seeking preparation for retail salesmanship.

6. A special department of secretarial science is offered for college graduates and those already proficient in typewriting and shorthand who desire a superior training for the position of private secretaries or business executives.

7. A special training is offered for those desiring to enter the field of transportation or traffic management.

8. A special School of Life Insurance Salesmanship has been organized at the request of the insurance organizations of the United States which affords the most thorough and scientific training possible for life insurance salesman.

Particular attention is given to all branches of accounting theory and practice, to every phase of the law of business, to the English of business, and to all questions of economics and finance.

The work is of a very intensive and practical character and the students are of unusual earnestness. The whole atmosphere is one of thoroughness, co-operation, and practical application to daily work. The men are several years older than the average college student, many of them married, and almost all of them regularly employed during the day and therefore able to make daily practical application of the knowledge gained. The value of this last is shown in the fact that the student greatly increases his earning capacity while attending the institution.

The young business man who has the foresight and the resolution to give up a part of his leisure time for the purpose of securing better training for the future is almost certain to be promoted over the man who is merely earnest and faithful and self-instructed. All graduates are, in fact, earning early and1 marked success.

Most graduates of high schools and universities enter business; they may now prepare for the highest positions by special professional training as has long been true of law and medicine.

The number of women taking the work in Commerce has increasesd five or six fold during recent years. There never was a time in our history when so many women were seeking to enter into business life and when so many inviting doors of opportunity were open to them.

The demand for high-class trained women is out of all proportion to the meagre supply. Women managers, accountants, buyers, and organizers, whose native executive ability has been developed by the hard discipline of a standard university course are everywhere in demand.

The work of the School of Commerce gives training in Economics, Law, Salesmanship, English, Psychology, and Business Administration. The work is well fitted to prepare women of ability for the more responsible and better paid positions. There is an over-supply of girls and women able to take up non-skilled and merely clerical work, but the new demand is for women of higher training, and college women are now definitely preparing themselves for these positions rather than for typewriting, bookkeeping, or school teaching.

Students who have finished work of the School of Commerce, Accounts, and Finance have established a high record of success in passing the "C.P.A." examinations. The courses of the school are designed to furnish the best academic training for young men who plan to enter this important profession, and most of the students are in fact preparing for this life work.

1. "Historical," School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance of the University of Denver, Announcements for the Year 1921-1922, Denver, Colo., page 4-7.

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