Accounting is more than just number-crunching. At CUW, you'll build the critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills needed to ethically manage financial operations.
Why Study Accounting at CUW?
A CUW Accounting degree offers you the opportunity to:
- Enjoy small class sizes (18-25) so you will receive personalized attention
- Work with a faculty advisor to set academic and career goals
- Learn from full-time faculty with real-world experience
- Develop a Christian value system through courses in religion and ethics
Accounting majors can choose to pursue a career in public accounting or a career in industry. Those wishing to pursue a career in public accounting will need to complete a total of 150 college credits. This is 24 additional credits beyond the 126 credits needed to graduate at CUW. Some students choose to earn these credits with a double major, some choose to minor in a foreign language and others choose to pursue a master’s degree. The CUW accounting program is flexible enough to provide students with plenty of choices and great advisors to help students best utilize these 24 additional credits.
What You'll Learn in the Accounting Program
Our program will teach you how to:
- Gather, record, analyze, interpret, and communicate financial information
- Work as part of a team
- Measure costs, compile data, and determine how that data impacts profitability
- Prepare income statements, balance sheets and statements of cash flow
- Record and report transactions in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) and international accounting standards
- Apply cost accounting principles like job costing and activity-based costing
- Research and apply Internal Revenue Code policies and IRS interpretations
- Evaluate and report on internal controls, plan and implement audits, and develop audit testing procedures
- Interact conscientiously with the public
An Accounting degree prepares you for careers in:
- Public accounting
- Internal audit
- Financial planning and analysis
- Corporate accounting
- Cost accounting
- Government and not-for-profit finance roles
- Accounting information systems
Students with an accounting degree should consider one or more of the following certifications:
- CPA – Certified Public Accountant
- CMA – Certified Management Accountant
- CIA – Certified Internal Auditor
- CFE – Certified Fraud Examiner
- International Business
- Actuarial Science
- Computer Science
- Foreign Language Minors
CUW's MBA program includes a concentration in Accounting, along with 12 other concentrations. The accounting concentration includes coursework in advanced audit, fraud management, database management, systems analysis and design, statutory accounting and government and not-for-profit accounting.
CUW's Accounting curriculum includes coursework in intermediate accounting, advanced accounting, income taxes and auditing. See our course catalog for our full curriculum.
Due to the rigor of the accounting field, students will not be eligible to pursue an accounting major or accounting minor at CUW unless they earn a grade of “B” or better in both ACCT203 – Financial Accounting and ACCT223 – Managerial Accounting. Each student will then be required to earn a minimum grade of “C” in each of the upper-level accounting courses to continue with the accounting major or minor.
For additional information on our accounting program, please contact our admissions office.
Professor Dana Outhouse
Chair of Quantitative Business Programs
Dr. Mark DeRemer