Undergraduate Major


Known for its proven track record and rigor, the accountancy program at Western Michigan University is dedicated to preparing students for rewarding careers in accounting. Our program is among a select one percent of business schools worldwide with additional specialized AACSB accreditation for accounting.

 What can you expect majoring in accountancy? A challenging curriculum and dedicated faculty, which will give you a solid background in business practices to launch your career in public accounting, financial planning, consulting and beyond. You will be able to interpret the stories behind the numbers in any business—an invaluable skill.

experiential learning

Potential employers value hands-on, real-world experience. Internships provide practical experience with accounting firms, business and industry, which will give you a competitive edge after graduation. Additionally, many students are actively involved in a variety of honor societies and business clubs, including Beta Alpha Psi. Through these organizations, you’ll establish professional contacts and participate in a wealth of career-enhancing programs.

accountancy coursework

All Western Michigan University accountancy majors are required to complete 30 hours of accountancy credits. Students should consult information about the accountancy major in the WMU catalog.

  • ACTY 2000—Careers in Accounting
  • ACTY 2100—Principles of Accounting I
  • ACTY 2110—Principles of Accounting II
  • ACTY 3100—Financial Accounting I
  • ACTY 3220—Managerial Accounting
  • ACTY 3240—Introductory Tax Accounting
  • ACTY 3110—Financial Accounting II
  • ACTY 3130—Accounting Information Systems
  • ACTY 4160—Auditing


  • ACTY 4110—Advanced Accounting
  • ACTY 4140—Governmental & Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACTY 4220—Cost Accounting – Theory & Practice
  • ACTY 4240—Advanced Tax Accounting
  • ACTY 4130—Advanced Accounting Systems

career placement

96% of new graduates report that their first job is related to their accounting degree, with 100% job satisfaction.

Organizations that employ our students include:

  • Crowe Horwath
  • Deloitte
  • Dow Chemical
  • Ernst and Young
  • Plante Moran
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers

Possible career pathways in accounting

our faculty

Students with questions or concerns related to the program, or who seek career advising should contact the faculty member listed below:

Dr. Ola Smith
Office: 3196 Schneider | (269) 387-5209
Email Ola Smith