Bachelor of Accounting


Program Description

Most colleges offer an accounting degree. But our degree will make you more attractive to employers than most. Why? Because at Lakeland, you won’t just learn how to crunch numbers. You will get out of the classroom and apply your knowledge in a real-world setting. And that’s exactly what employers want to see on a resume.

Come to Lakeland, and your out-of-class accounting journey will include:

  • A required internship, that we will help you land, that’s worth three credits toward your degree
  • The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which involves you preparing actual tax returns for in-need members of the Sheboygan community (our accounting students prepared more than 500 returns in 2013)
  • Field trips to renowned corporations, such as Kohler Co.
  • Required job shadows of local accounting professionals, that we will help set up
  • Four-year course plan

“We certainly provide all the necessary technical knowledge, but the link between classroom learning and actual experience in the field is what’s so valuable,” says Brett Killion, assistant professor of accounting. “We really emphasize becoming a strong professional and helping students get that actual experience, so when they go out into the work world, they’re prepared to be great employees.”

Covering all the bases

Our accounting program is comprehensive. You will be exposed to financial accounting (record-keeping); managerial accounting (budgeting, forecasting, strategic planning); tax accounting and many other facets of this popular field.

“But we also offer a lot of flexibility in terms of emphasis tracks,” Killion says. “We have a fraud and forensics emphasis track and we have a finance and insurance track as well.”

Forensic Accounting at Lakeland

White collar corporate crime is a growing problem in our society. We are one of only a few United States colleges that offer a fraud and forensic emphasis accounting degree. That’s a source of pride for us, and a valuable option for you.

“You are combining your accounting skills, your analytical skills and your detective skills, and putting them all together,” says Killion. “You’re almost an accounting crime solver. You’re not just sitting in a cubicle with a calculator.”

Recent Grads, Real Careers

Listed below are just some of the actual jobs Lakeland College accounting students from recent graduating classes have landed:

  • Tax associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Bank examiner, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, Wisconsin Department of Treasury
  • Tax associate, Schenck SC
  • Tax analyst, U.S. Bank
  • Renewable energy analyst, Orion Energy Systems
  • Business analyst, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Associate accountant, Johnsonville Sausage
  • Associate tax accountant, Thomson Reuters
  • Staff accountant, Adell Cooperative
  • Accounting assistant, Culligan
  • Accountant, Van Horn Hyundai
  • Senior auditor, Orion Energy Systems

Accounting Major (63 semester hours)

  • ACC 210 - Financial Accounting Principles
  • ACC 220 - Managerial Accounting Principles
  • ACC 350 - Federal Income Tax I
  • ACC 355 - Federal Income Tax II
  • ACC 395 - Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 396 - Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 401 - Internship in Accounting I
  • ACC 420 - Cost Accounting
  • ACC 455 - VITA-Income Tax Assistance (1 semester hour)
  • ACC 465 - Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 471 - Advanced Accounting I
  • ACC 472 - Auditing Theory and Practice
  • ACC 474 - Advanced Accounting II
  • BUS 200 - Business and Professional Protocol (2 semester hours)
  • BUS 301 - Management Information Systems
  • BUS 330 - Management Principles
  • BUS 340 - Principles of Business Finance
  • BUS 350 - Marketing Principles
  • BUS 410 - Business Law I
  • BUS 491 - Business Policy and Strategy (WI)
  • ECN 220 - Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 230 - Principles of Microeconomics
Last updated Jul 2020

About the School

Today, Lakeland College is a bachelor's and master’s degree-granting liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ with nearly 3,500 students (900 traditional undergraduate students ... Read More

Today, Lakeland College is a bachelor's and master’s degree-granting liberal arts institution related to the United Church of Christ with nearly 3,500 students (900 traditional undergraduate students and 2,600 evening, weekend and online students) from 24 countries, 10 on-campus residence halls and more than 30 majors, including our newest academic programs: aviation, communication and nursing... Read less