About the Program
The Accounting program offers students the ability to explore different areas of accounting by engaging in in-class and out-of-class opportunities. Additionally, the diversity and flexibility of the program allow you to tailor your degree, including your choice of pursuing the bachelor of science or bachelor of arts degree track based on your business interests.
What You'll Learn
- Demonstrate knowledge of relevant professional standards and the regulatory environment within financial accounting, cost accounting, tax, and audit.
- Use technologies to facilitate and enhance accounting and financial reporting processes.
- Develop research skills and methodology to make sound business judgments based on relevant standards, rules, laws, and principles.
- Communicate clearly and concisely with decision-makers to convey relevant financial and non-financial information that aids in informed decision-making.
Plan of Study
You will have the choice to pursue the Accounting program through one of 2 degree tracks based on your interests. Both tracks require the completion of the common business core, which is designed to develop skills in all functional areas of business.
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
If you choose to pursue the bachelor of science degree, in addition to accounting specific courses you will also be required to gain professional experience through an internship.
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
If you choose to pursue the bachelor of arts degree, you will complete accounting specific courses as well as either an academic minor outside of the School of Business or world language credits. You will also be required to gain professional experience through an internship.
If you choose to pursue the world language credits, you can either take credits of a single world language or combine credits of a single world language with a May Term Study Experience or an international study tour transferred from an accredited college/university.
You will be required to complete the ETS Major Field Test in Business before you are eligible to graduate. If you wish to qualify to sit for the CPA examination, you will need to complete additional graduate work in business and accounting.
You are encouraged to participate in the Westminster Tax Clinic to gain professional experience while serving your community. This Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides assistance to low-to-moderate income families, persons with disabilities, and limited English-speaking taxpayers who need assistance in preparing their tax returns. The clinic prepared over 2000 returns in 2019 for low and moderate-income individuals.
This course will introduce you to fundamental accounting concepts. You will gain an understanding of how accounting is utilized by management, investors, creditors, and other organizational stakeholders, as well as how economic events and transactions affect the financial position of an organization.
Careers in Accounting and Finance Lecture Series
This course provides a unique opportunity to explore the various paths you may choose to take in your career by hearing from professionals in the accounting industry who have followed traditional paths or used their education in unique ways. Speakers may include individuals from audit, tax, law, forensics, government, data analytics, investment banking, valuation experts, and corporate organizations.