Accounting Concentration

This concentration is part of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree.  For information about the general study and business core requirements, go here.

General Description:

The Accounting Concentration is designed to prepare students for a broad range of careers in industry, government or public accounting. Graduates will often specialize in areas such as financial accounting, tax, cost accounting, auditing, forensic accounting, management consulting, or financial management. In addition to a four-year degree, obtaining a professional certification such as a CPA or CMA is highly desirable. The pass rate on the Uniform CPA Examination for WWU students in much higher than the national average.  Students seeking professional certification should contact the School of Business for information about the specific requirements for your state of residence. Additional information about careers and/or certifications in accounting can be found at StartHereGoPlaces, AICPA, and CPA Exam.

The accounting program at WWU provides some unique opportunities for students:

  • Accounting students get hands-on training in popular accounting software programs such as QuickBooks and Peachtree.  All functions of a business are covered, including payroll, receipts, disbursements, inventory, fixed assets, and taxes.
  • Accounting seniors perform a real-to-life financial statement audit as part of their auditing class. Students gain experience completing audit planning and testing, preparing financial statements, and observing how a whole accounting system fits together.
  • Students in tax class assist people in the community with their taxes. Not only is a valuable community service performed, but students get hands-on experience in taxes, which can be vastly different from solving problems in a text book.
  • Accounting students have a variety of internship opportunities. In many cases, internships lead to full-time offers. Internships have been done at organizations such as a Big Four CPA firms, regional & local CPA firms, state auditor's offices, banks, state penitentiary, U.S. Army Corp, city governments, manufacturing companies, hospitals, colleges & universities, nursing homes, high-schools, church organizations, publishing houses, and a number of other business and not-for-profit organizations.

Requirements: (For course descriptions, go here.)

ACCT 321Intermediate Accounting I3
ACCT 322Intermediate Accounting II4
ACCT 323Intermediate Accounting III4
ACCT 331Managerial Cost Accounting4
ACCT 335Personal Income Tax4
ACCT 430Auditing5
ACCT 494Internship0-4
 Three ACCT courses from the following:12
ACCT 341Accounting Information Systems4
ACCT 350Not-for-Profit and Government Accounting4
ACCT 421Advanced Accounting4
ACCT 435Business Taxation4
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