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Business Majors and Minors

Accounting Major

Why Accounting?

From non-profit organizations to public accounting to international firms, accountants are continually in demand. Businesses look to accountants to guide and help their organizations using skills such as analyzing, problem-solving, and reporting. If you enjoy continual learning, logical thinking, and helping businesses succeed, consider a career in accounting. quote from DeLap

Why Linfield?

Your future is particularly bright as a Linfield accounting major!

Consider our graduates. Many are successful in public accounting--local, regional, national, and international CPA firms--and in private accounting at various governmental agencies including the IRS, FBI, and CIA. We've also had our graduates distinguish themselves in private industry including: education, management, public service, and humanitarian non-profits, like Mercy Corps, and Special Olympics. 

"Our network is now largely Linfield people hiring Linfield people. We've really tried to cultivate that. We tell students that Linfield alumni are loyal. Make sure you mention you're from Linfield." 
--Rich Emery, Accounting Professor Emeritus 

Consider our classes. To prepare you for these careers, you'll have a very specialized focus, sequence, and number of classes. Our Linfield accounting major is designed to help students prepare for successful careers and to meet the CPA education requirements. Additionally, the average Linfield class size is 15 students (75 percent of all classes have 22 or fewer students). 

"We employ a number of young people from Linfield. There's something about a liberal arts, small college education that fits our culture really well." --David DeLap, Third-generation partner in DeLap LLP accounting firm. 

Consider our Professors. All of the Linfield accounting faculty are CPAs (certified public accountants) with substantial real-world business experience. This experience brings practicality and strategy into the classroom as well as connections outside of the classroom. 

An accounting degree from Linfield will provide you with the necessary prerequisite knowledge so that you may prepare for, and succeed in, the uniform CPA exam.
Here is how we recommend you schedule your required accounting classes:

Junior Year

  • BNAC  361 Intermediate Accounting 1  
  • BNAC 362 Intermediate Accounting 2
  • BNAC 461 Cost Accounting

Senior Year

  • BNAC 466 Advanced Accounting
  • BNAC 468 Federal Income Tax Accounting
  • BNAC 469 Auditing

Other optional but suggested accounting courses include:

  • BNSS 440 Business Law 2
  • BNAC 464 Governmental & Not-for-profit Accounting
  • BNAC 467 Accounting Topics
  • BNSS 490 Research

Considering a double major or minor?

Many Accounting majors have successfully completed double majors or minors  Previous graduates have chosen second majors or minors in:  Economics, Mathematics,  Philosophy, History, or Religious Studies.

If your career goal is to manage an accounting department, you might consider a minor in management.

Questions about an Accounting major?

Contact our Admission Office to connect you with one of our accounting professors to learn more. 

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