Undergraduate Major


Looking for the best university from which to obtain your accounting degree? Known for its proven track record and rigor, the accounting program at Western Michigan Male students in a classUniversity is dedicated to preparing you for a rewarding career in accountancy. This top program is among the one percent of business schools worldwide with additional specialized AACSB accreditation for accounting.

What can you expect as an accounting major? A challenging course curriculum and the finest faculty, giving you a solid background in business practices to launch your career in public accounting, financial planning, consulting and beyond. Your accounting degree will help you interpret the stories behind the numbers in any business—an invaluable skill for any job.

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Experiential learning

Potential employers value hands-on, real-world experience. Accounting internships provide practical experience with accounting firms and businesses, giving you a competitive edge after you graduate. Additionally, many students are actively involved in a variety of honor societies and University business clubs, including Beta Alpha Psi. Through these organizations you will establish professional contacts and participate in a wealth of career-enhancing programs.

Career placement

According to the 2019-20 Post-Graduation Activity Report, 9 of 10 business students employed or in graduate school within three months of graduation. 

Organizations that employ our students include:

Accounting degree coursework

All WMU accountancy majors are required to complete 30 hours of accountancy credits as part of the bachelor's degree in accounting. Consult information about the accountancy major in the WMU catalog.

  • ACTY 2000—Careers in Accounting
  • ACTY 3100—Financial Accounting I
  • ACTY 3110—Financial Accounting II
  • ACTY 3130—Accounting Information Systems and Controls
  • ACTY 3220—Cost and Managerial Accounting
  • ACTY 3240—Introductory Tax Accounting
  • ACTY 4160—Auditing

Accountancy majors must complete one of the following:

  • ECON 3200—Money and Banking
  • ECON 3240—Public Finance
  • ECON 3400—Managerial Economics
  • ECON 3450—Business, Government and Society
  • ECON 4030—Intermediate Microeconomics
  • ECON 4060—Intermediate Macroeconomics

Two electives required:

  • ACTY 4110—Advanced Accounting
  • ACTY 4130—Accounting Systems: Analytics and Technology
  • ACTY 4140—Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting
  • ACTY 4220—Cost Management and Analytics
  • ACTY 4240—Advanced Tax Accounting
  • ACTY 4310—Special Topics in Accounting


If you have questions or concerns related to accounting degree requirements or you seek career advising, contact:

Dr. Jim Penner
Office: 3196 Schneider | (269) 387-5209
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