Accounting

Assessing financial operations and ensuring that organizations function efficiently, accountants and auditors prepare, examine and maintain accurate financial records.

Most employers require a candidate to have a bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field. Certification within a specific field of accounting improves job prospects. Many accountants become Certified Public Accountants (CPAs).

At Cal Lutheran, the curriculum provides a careful balance of accounting practice and theory, and consists of:

  • A solid liberal arts core
  • A carefully selected set of business-related classes
  • Intensive work in all aspects of accounting
  • Preparation for graduate studies and the CPA exam

Employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 13 percent from now to 2022, about as fast as the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, accountants will continue to be needed to prepare and examine financial records. In 2012, the median annual wage for accountants and auditors was $63,550.*

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, http://www.bls.gov/ooh

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Program Requirements

Required credits: 79 credits minimum; 62 upper division credits. 2.0 minimum GPA.

Required Courses
Business

BUS 251 (4) Principles of Accounting 
BUS 252 (4) Managerial Accounting
BUS 257 (2) Practicum in Accounting
BUS 352A (4) Intermediate Accounting
BUS 352B (4) Intermediate Accounting
BUS 367 (4) Behavior in Organizations 
BUS 374 (4) Business Law
BUS 375 (4) Principles of Marketing 
BUS 391 (4) Principles of Finance
BUS 451 (4) Cost Accounting
BUS 452 (4) Theory of Taxation
BUS 453 (4) Auditing
BUS 454 (4) Advanced Accounting
BUS 462 (4) Tax II
BUS 484 (4) Senior Seminar in Accounting
ECON 311 (4) Statistical Methods

Economics

ECON 200 (3) Micro-Economics
ECON 201 (3) Macro-Economics

Communications

One of the following:
BUS 301 (4) Communication for Managers
  Or
COMM 306 (4) Business and Professional Communication

Mathematics

MATH 245 (4) Applied Calculus

Ethics

One of the following:
PHIL 315 (4) Social Ethics
PHIL 350 (4) Technology & Value
RLTH 350 (4) Contemporary Christian Ethics 
RLTH 354 (4) Theology and Business Ethics

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