Lakeland College


The accounting major does not simply teach one to balance books; it trains students to be economic problem-solvers and analysts, professionals who are able to identify, measure and make judgments about all types of economic information. These accounting skills lead to rewarding positions in financial and tax planning, business consulting, bookkeeping, auditing and many other fields in the global marketplace. In addition, with a few additional courses, the Lakeland accounting major qualifies its students to sit for the CPA and CMA examinations.

Accounting at Lakeland College

Students who major in Accounting will be able to:

  • understand and use the central principles, theories and rules of accounting as both a field of study and a practical skill;
  • appreciate and abide by the ethical and legal rules that govern business relations and specifically govern the accounting profession;
  • comprehend the ways in which economic institutions function at various levels and influence the practice of accountancy;
  • communicate business and economic information to stakeholders in a clear and professional manner; and
  • sit for their chosen professional certifying examinations (CPA, CMA, etc.).


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Accounting Major (57 semester hours)

  • ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
  • ACC 220 Financial Accounting Principles
  • ACC 350 Federal Income Tax I
  • ACC 355K Federal Income Tax II
  • ACC 395 Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 396 Intermediate Accounting II
  • ACC 420 Cost Accounting
  • ACC 465 Accounting Information Systems
  • ACC 471 Advanced Accounting I
  • ACC 472 Auditing Theory and Practice
  • ACC 474 Advanced Accounting II
  • 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 (Writing Intensive)
  • ECN 220 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics


Cognate emphases complement the Lakeland College accounting major. By taking the four courses in an emphasis area (in addition to the courses in the major), accounting students can make themselves distinctively qualified, skill-ready, and highly employable in the emphasis field. The following cognate emphasis areas are available: Forensic/Fraud, Insurance Industry, International Business, Marketing, Taxation, and Treasury/Controllership.

Forensic/Fraud Emphasis:

  • ACC 265 Fraud Investigation I
  • ACC 365 Fraud Investigation II
  • CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 345 Criminal Law

Taxation Emphasis:

  • ACC 458 Taxation III
  • ACC 459 International Taxation
  • ACC 491 Readings and Research in Accounting
  • BUS 366 Global Financial Markets

Finance Emphasis

  • BUS 365 Personal Financial Management
  • BUS 366 Global Financial Markets
  • BUS 424 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • BUS 437 Investment Finance
  • ECN 360 Money, Banking and National Income

Insurance Emphasis

  • BUS 325 The Insurance Industry
  • BUS 424 Intermediate Corporate Finance
  • BUS 440 Personal Insurance Lines
  • BUS 441 Commercial Insurance Lines I
  • BUS 442 Commercial Insurance Lines II

Four Year Plan

Generally, Lakeland will accept accounting credits earned for coursework taken at accredited two-year, post-secondary institutions to meet requirements for the accounting major. However, ACC 355 Federal Income Tax II, ACC 396 Intermediate Accounting II, ACC 471 Advanced Accounting I, ACC 472 Auditing Theory and Practice, and ACC 474 Advanced Accounting II must be taken and passed at Lakeland to meet requirements of the accounting major. Taking these courses at Lakeland will not cause the loss of credits for courses of the same or similar titles transferred from two-year institutions; nor will taking any two of the following courses: ACC 395 Intermediate Accounting I, ACC 420 Cost Accounting, ACC 450 Federal Income Tax I, or ACC 465 Accounting Information Systems, jeopardize the transfer of credits for courses of the same or similar title taken at a two-year institution.

Please note: As of January 1, 2001, accounting candidates who wish to sit for the uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam must complete a minimum of 150 semester hours of college credit prior to sitting for the exam. The Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants recommends that "accounting students include courses in critical thinking, communications, psychology, business management, computer skills, and ethics, as part of their 150 hours."

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The Accounting Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree is currently offered at all of the Lakeland College Centers, and through Lakeland College Onlineā„¢. Most courses are also offered BlendEdĀ®.

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