Title: Accountants need a humanities and social science education

Authors: Bruce Committe

Addresses: Attorney at Law, 401 N. 14th Avenue, Pensacola, Florida 32501, USA

Abstract: Issues in professional accounting practice, such as, but not limited to, designing an effective global accounting standard setting organisation for the world, require broad minded accounting professionals with world wide knowledge of world cultures and societies in all of their particulars. Accountants need an understanding of the current and possible places of accounting in the world and how it could better human kind. Therefore, accountants need an education grounded in the humanities and social sciences, that is, in the liberal arts. The days of accounting (and business education) being grounded in technology, rather than in humanity, should be over.

Keywords: accountants; humanities; social sciences; professional practices; global standards; accounting standards; international standards; broadminded professionals; world cultures; humankind; liberal arts; business education; technology; humanity; rulemaking; rules; society; critical accounting.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCA.2012.045777

International Journal of Critical Accounting, 2012 Vol.4 No.1, pp.1 - 5

Published online: 07 Aug 2014 *

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