Bachelor of Arts
School of Business
Accounting students master the technical skills in financial and managerial accounting, auditing and taxation needed to compete in the professional arena. Students planning a career in Accounting should have an aptitude in mathematics. They should be able to analyze, compare and interpret facts and figures and make sound judgments based on their interpretation.
The Accounting program features a Standard Major and two comprehensive tracks: Financial Analysis and Professional Emphases. The Standard Major is designed for students who have a strong interest in both accounting and another discipline. The Financial Analysis Emphasis is designed for students who are interested in careers in accounting or finance but who do not intend to seek CPA certification. The Professional Emphasis is intended to provide the appropriate educational background for students interested in professional accountancy (CPA) as a career, or the pursuit of a graduate degree in accounting, business or law.
Students interested in becoming a CPA should be aware that all states now require, or will soon require, 150 credits to be licensed as a CPA. The Professional Emphasis is designed to meet all the requirements for a Colorado CPA candidate to sit for the CPA exam. This can be done after graduation with the bachelor’s degree and a total of 120 credits. Before being certified as a CPA, however, the candidate must then complete a total of 150 credits, including additional accounting and business credits. This can be accomplished at Western by completing the Standard Emphasis in Economics, a major in Business Administration (standard or an emphasis in finance) and a second auditing course.
Professional Emphasis students are well prepared to accept entry-level staff positions in Public Accounting and continue pursuit of their CPA certification. Others choose to pursue a variety of graduate programs, including specialization in accountancy or tax, or combining their accounting degree with another discipline, such as law or an MBA. Several regional accounting firms return to Western every year to recruit graduates; once they hire one of our graduates, they come back to hire more.
Students have successfully obtained jobs in government (City and County of Denver, the IRS, Gunnison County), in public accounting (Dalby, Wendland & Co., BiggsKofford) and in private industry. Western students have successfully completed graduate studies at the University of Denver and The College of William and Mary. These students have obtained employment at the world’s largest accounting firms.
Tax advising and preparation