A major in accountancy provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary for a variety of interesting careers. Accountants are employed in business, industry, government, nonprofit organizations and public accounting as auditors, tax accountants, corporate accountants, internal auditors and consultants. Accountants hold executive positions throughout business, industry and government. The accountancy major also provides an excellent foundation for careers in government, law and education.
The program serves a diverse, academically talented student body. Upon graduation, students will have the skills necessary for entry-level accounting positions and career advancement. Graduates of the program will be prepared for employment regionally and nationally.
Requirements for a Major in Accountancy
All accountancy majors are required to complete 30 hours of accountancy credits. Students should consult information about the Accountancy major in the WMU online catalog.
Graduates with a major in accountancy can take the following exams, among others:
• Certified Public Accountant (CPA)
• Certified Management Accountant (CMA)
• Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
The requirements to sit for the various professional exams differ by exam and state. It is each student's responsibility to determine the requirements for a particular exam. The student should be aware that the exam requirements may change over time.
Internships in Accountancy
Accountancy majors can apply for internships that provide practical experience in accountancy. Internship positions are available in public accounting firms, businesses and industry. The accountancy internship program is open to students who have completed at least six credit hours in accountancy. Participation is limited to the available internships and competitive selection. The internship can be taken for one, two or three credit hours, but the hours do not count as part of the accountancy major.
Many accountancy students actively participate in a variety of honor societies and business clubs, such as Beta Alpha Psi, the Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and the National Association of Black Accountants. Some of the activities these organizations sponsor include tutoring introductory accounting students, preparing tax returns for low income taxpayers, visiting corporations and public accounting firms and meeting with representatives from business, industry, government and public accounting firms. Through these organizations, students establish professional contacts and participate in a wealth of career-enhancing programs.