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 (CMA), certified internal auditor (CIA), and certified financial planner (CFP), 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 and Minor: Accounting
Related Majors: Business; Administration; International Business; Advertising and Marketing Communication
Related Minors: Business, Economics, Finance
Academic Catalogue: Accounting

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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.

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.

Course Descriptions
A major in Accounting requires a minimum of 60 semester hours, including the following:

All courses are 3 hours. 
Business Core Courses (36 hours): 

  • ACC 201 Financial Accounting: Concepts and Applications
  • ACC 202 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • ACC 205 Principles of Finance
  • BUS 106 Business Ethics and Society
  • BUS 303 Principles of Marketing
  • BUS 310 Business Law
  • BUS 315 Principles of Management
  • BUS 318 Human Resources Management
  • BUS 488 Business Policy Seminar
  • ECO 102 Issues in Macroeconomics
  • ECO 104 Issues in Microeconomics
  • MAT/PSY 220 Statistics

Accounting Major Courses (24 hours):

  • ACC 321 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 322 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 423 Intermediate Accounting III
  • ACC 323 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 324 Tax Accounting 
  • ACC/BUS 333 Business Information Systems
  • ACC 432 Auditing
  • ACC 433 Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting

You can find more Details about the Accounting Program in the Academic Catalogue.


graduate schools
Wesleyan Accounting MAJORS attenD:

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.


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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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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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