Accounting

Accounting is the language of business, and as such, a critical part of society within a global economy.

Accounting is important to all businesses including for-profit and nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies. The accounting program at Wesleyan offers students the initial preparation needed to pursue a career as a certified public accountant (CPA), certified management accountant, certified internal auditor, and certified financial planner, to name just a few.

One of the greatest benefits of studying accounting within a liberal arts environment is the unique combination of courses students take – not just in accounting, but also in the humanities and social sciences. Additionally, the small classes at Wesleyan allow a great deal of personal interaction between students and faculty, and that means students can learn more about their individual interests within a vast array of career fields. Students also have many opportunities to develop their skills in research, ethical decision-making, leadership, communication, and problem solving.

Major: Accounting
Minor: Accounting
Related Majors: Business Administration; International;Business; Economics; 
Advertising and Marketing Communication
Related Minors: Business, Economics, Finance
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XINYI PAN

Xinyi Pan is a triple major in accounting, business administration, and economics with a double minor in finance and mathematics who will graduate in 2017. Xinyi enjoyed an internship as a tax assistant in Macon-Bibb County Senior Center. After graduation she plans to pursue her master’s degree in auditing.

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JESSICA ETHERIDGE

Jessica ’17 is a double major in accounting and business administration with a double minor in finance and economics who is currently working as an accountant in Macon, Georgia. In the future she plans to take the CPA exam and work as a forensic accountant.

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Wesleyan offers 30 majors and 33 minors, as well as eight pre-professional programs. Students also have the opportunity to self-design their own major, combining two or more interdisciplinary major programs.

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Master the fundamentals of accounting as an undergraduate.

Accounting is one of the most popular majors at Wesleyan. Students become proficient in a highly-regarded profession that allows for many different career paths. Accounting majors participate in activities with a number of professional organizations each year, including the Georgia Society of CPAs, The Institute of Internal Auditors, and The Institute of Management Accountants. Additionally, accounting majors have benefitted from internships with various large to small international companies including several of the “Big 4” accounting firms. In recent years, Wesleyan students have successfully competed in the annual Institute of Internal Auditors Audit Case competition, placing among the top ten teams in the state and winning first and third places in two of the last three years.

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Outside The Classroom

Wesleyan’s accounting majors receive much support from the accounting profession in Macon and around the State. Students can apply for various internships including participating in the Voluntary Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA). The program awards certificates in tax preparation from the Internal Revenue Service for providing tax return assistance to low- and middle-income taxpayers in the community. Students also interact with accounting professionals via the annual Accounting Open House hosted at Wesleyan, attend meetings and conferences of various accounting professional organizations in the State, and pursue research of accounting topics for their honors thesis.

Wesleyan Women In Accounting Careers

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ANH LUONG ’13

Anh double majored in accounting and business administration. At Wesleyan, she held three internships including at Ernst & Young, Vietnam. Currently Anh is working on her Ph.D. in computer information systems and teaching a computer information systems class at New York's Baruch College City University.

Brittany Pye in Paris

Brittany Pye ’16

Before she graduated, Brittany secured a job working on audits for government and nonprofit organizations as a staff accountant at Mauldin & Jenkins in Atlanta. As an accounting, international business, and international relations triple major, Brittany hopes to work with international organizations in the future.

 

Wesleyan Accounting MAJORS attenD graduate schools around THE world:

University of Southern California, Ohio State University,
University of Georgia, Georgia State University

Graduates of wesleyan's Accounting program have gone to work for small and large firms including:

PricewaterhouseCoopers, Ernst & Young, Mauldin & Jenkins, Deloitte, McNair McLemore Middlebrooks & Co. LLC.

CAREER OPTIONS FOR ACCOUNTING MAJORS

CFO

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER - Senior executive responsible for managing the financial actions of a company. Duties include tracking cash flow, financial planning, analyzing financial strengths and weaknesses, and proposing corrective actions.

THE GOVERNMENT

Accountants and auditors review documentation and investigate various government agencies’ financial accounts for fraudulent activity or other types of budget-related misconduct.

FINANCIAL

Financial accountants record, summarize, and report transactions and prepare financial statements, including the balance sheet and income and cash flow statements.

AUDITOR

An independent auditor is a professional who is independent of the company where the audit is performed. Auditors verify that financial statements are free of material misstatement caused by error or fraud.

TAX PREPARER

A person who prepares income tax documents for individuals and/or businesses.

MANAGERIAL

A managerial accountant observes and calculates the actual costs of a company’s operations to identify areas where costs can be cut.

CONTROLLER

Has responsibility for high-level accounting and finance activities including assisting with the preparation of the operating budgets, overseeing financial reporting, and performing duties relating to payroll.

PROFESSOR

Ensures that students have adequate guidance in learning skills they need to succeed in the workforce. University-level accounting courses include public accounting, taxation, and auditing.

COST ACCOUNTANT

Aims to capture a company’s costs of production by assessing the input costs of each step of production as well as fixed costs such as depreciation of capital equipment.

FORENSICS

A forensic accountant investigates the accuracy of a company’s financial statements in a legal dispute such as fraud investigations, breach of contract, and other disagreements requiring court action.

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Glenna Dod Meyer
Prof. of Free Enterprise & Professional Studies (478) 757-5182
Kara Kostiuk
Asstant Professor of Accounting (478) 757-5191 Profile
Megan McMahon
Assistant Professor of Accounting (478) 757-2466 Profile
Philip Davis Taylor
Professor of Economics (478) 757-5184 Profile
Ying Zhen
Assistant Professor of Business and Economics (478) 757-3917 Profile

20%

Of the student population at Wesleyan is international

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields

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