The Accounting major at Loras College offers the chance to gain the knowledge and skills needed to prepare for the Certified Public Accountant exam and go on to a promising career as an accountant. Classes offered include Intermediate Accounting, Cost Accounting, Tax, Auditing, Accounting Systems, Governmental and Not-for-Profit Accounting, and Advanced Financial Accounting, with Accounting Systems offered as a J-Term experiential course.
A major in Accounting is flexible enough that many students complete the 150-hour requirement for the CPA exam, earn a double major or minor, and study abroad, all within four years. With our clubs and internships helping round out Accounting students’ educations, they graduate prepared for careers in tax, auditing, corporate, governmental, and nonprofit accounting, banking, and much more.
Loras Accounting Professor honored with Young Professional of the Year Award
The Institute of Management Accounts (IMA) announced Luke Lammer, assistant professor of accounting at Loras College, was one of five to receive the prestigious Young Professional of the Year Award. Winners are chosen for their creative approaches to problem-solving, their leadership, and contributions to the management accounting profession.
“IMA is pleased to acknowledge the accomplishments of this distinguished group of young professionals, who, even at this early stage of their careers, have achieved considerable success and have given service to the management accounting profession,” said Jenna Uszenski, IMA community engagement leader and staff liaison to the IMA Young Professionals Committee. “We look forward to seeing these professionals’ continued contributions to IMA, and we are confident in their ability to grow as leaders in the profession.”
Lammer was also elected to a three-year term on the board of directors for the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accounts (ISCPA). The Iowa Society of CPAs is a nonprofit professional organization representing over 4,400 Iowa CPAs and accounting professionals. Its mission is to advance professional success by providing helpful resources and leadership to improve the skills of its members.
Student Involvement Opportunities
Loras has more than 100 co-curricular and involvement opportunities including organizations relating to academic majors, national honorary and professional societies, student and residence hall government, interest groups, recreational interests, and several business-related clubs and organizations.
Our Accounting Club provides opportunities for leadership positions, networking with accounting professionals, and learning more about the accounting profession.
VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is an opportunity for accounting seniors to volunteer to prepare income tax returns for low-income and elderly clients free of charge; the program is in partnership with the IRS.
There is strong support for internships part-time during the academic year or full-time in the spring semester or summer in public, private and governmental institutions.
Past internship opportunities have offered real-world experience in tax, bookkeeping, billing, auditing, corporate accounting, governmental accounting, nonprofit accounting, banking, and investments.
Each year, Loras College business students complete internships in a wide array of organizations to prepare them for their job search after graduation. Students can complete internships for academic credit or non-credit. Many students choose to complete both.
Student Learning Outcomes – Accounting
Summarize legal issues related to business transactions and activities
Analyze data to effectively inform business decisions
Produce written communications appropriate for a professional business setting
Employ oral communication appropriate for a professional business setting
Apply principles of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to moral dilemmas in business
Analyze complex problems relevant to the sub-discipline of Financial Accounting
Analyze complex problems relevant to the sub-discipline of Managerial Accounting
Analyze complex problems relevant to the sub-discipline of Auditing
Analyze complex problems relevant to the sub-discipline of Taxation
“What can you do with an Accounting degree?”
As an Accounting major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers: