The study of accounting at Randolph-Macon College provides students with the opportunity to become fluent in the language of business within the unique setting of a liberal arts education. Students study accounting in an active learning environment incorporating theories and concepts from the fields of accounting, business, and economics. They learn to understand and appreciate the complex nature of business organizations. A major in accounting prepares students for a career in all business environments and provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in such fields as accounting, business, taxation, and law.
The requirements for a major in accounting are: ECON 201-202 or 203-202, 323, BUSN 213, 221-222, 321-322, 336, four approved elective courses in accounting, CSCI 106, and MATH 111 or 113, with a grade of C- or better. Approved accounting electives include BUSN 362, 367, 372, 375, 385, 421, 452, and 455.
The requirements for a minor in accounting are: BUSN 221-222, 321-322, and any two approved elective courses in accounting.
Students are urged to begin planning in the first semester of the freshman year, commencing course work no later than the fall of the sophomore year. Care must be exercised in planning course schedules as some classes are not offered every year.
Following graduation, accounting majors and minors have many opportunities available to them. Recent graduates have taken positions in such fields as the financial services industry, public accounting, real estate, government, non-profit and more. In addition, many students choose to continue their studies and attend graduate school in accounting, business, taxation, and law.
Students who plan to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination are urged to take as many of the accounting courses offered as possible. Current regulations require an applicant to have completed 150 credit hours prior to becoming certified. Many Randolph-Macon students, as well as those at other institutions, continue onto graduate school in order to acquire the necessary hours.
Questions regarding the major in accounting, the CPA exam, graduate school, careers in accounting, and more should be directed to the Accounting Program Coordinator, Professor Catherine Staples (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Ed Woodward (email@example.com).
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