Why Study Accounting at Westminster?
- Develop a broad range of knowledge about an organization’s operations and its impact on future goals.
- Develop a sophisticated understanding of financial information and how it is used to make decisions that impact the economy, society, and the environment.
- Learn about the great variety in the accounting field in small classes from experienced, dedicated professors who enhance class with their professional accounting experience and who know you and take pride in mentoring you to success.
- Enhance reading, writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills.
Westminster offers 11 courses in accounting and provides students with all the accounting courses necessary to sit for the CPA exam. Most state accountancy boards require 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam. The Westminster accounting program provides students with flexibility in meeting this option. You can complete an accounting degree at Westminster and continue the graduate program of your choice to complete the 150 hour requirement. You can also double major while at Westminster and easily achieve the 150 hour requirement. Regardless of the option you choose, all accounting majors complete the accounting program with all the necessary accounting courses for the CPA exam.
However, accounting is not limited to the CPA. Many students prefer to work in private accounting and do not need certification or would like to work in managerial accounting. If this is your future goal, our program will work well for you and at the same time prepare you for the option of taking the CPA exam. What sets our program apart is that you will know the necessary courses from Day One and be able to plan your schedule accordingly. If you are interested in business or commercial or tax law, majoring in accounting is an excellent track. Our program prepares you for a professional career in accounting, graduate school, or law school. It’s up to you to decide!
Accounting Information Systems, Cost Accounting, Federal Income Tax, and Auditing
Accounting majors are strongly encouraged to do internships with various business and accounting firms in nearby St. Louis and as far away as Chicago; study abroad; and participate in the Blue Blazers Club, a student organization that learns about financial markets and investments by actually investing and managing a real stock portfolio, thanks to a $200,000 investment from Westminster’s endowment funds.
Accounting of one sort or another is needed in every aspect of life. Job opportunities will always be available. One accounting professor emphasized the point by telling his students “even God needs an accountant to keep track of who has been good and who hasn’t when the departed arrive in heaven.” Below are a list of job opportunities:
- Public Accounting (auditing).
- Private Accounting (from Treasurer or Chief Financial Officer to Chief Executive Officer).
- Government and Non-Profit Accounting (local, state, and federal government as well as not-for-profit organizations such as many colleges and universities and charitable organizations.
- Environmental Accounting and Forensic Accounting.
- Management Consultant, Financial Planner, Banking Industry.
NOTE: To find more accounting career opportunity details with lots of color and funny pictures, go to www.StartHereGoPlaces.com or check out information about the CPA exam at www.cpaexam.org.
“People may not think of Westminster first when considering a degree in accounting; however, the close personal interaction with professors who are CPA’s themselves creates a real opportunity to learn and prepare for a job in that field. I know several individuals who have secured jobs with Big Four and regional accounting firms, including two of us who are now partners in those firms. In today’s world, a background in accounting can prove very beneficial and make you a strong candidate for employment. I look back very fondly on the quality of the accounting courses and the attention to my development provided by the professors at Westminster.”---Sean Vincent, ‘93 and partner at KPMG LLP.
For more information, contact Professor Terry Buckley at 573-592-5207.