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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:
“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.”
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.”
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.”
Name: Becky Mayo
Hometown: Gladstone, Mich.
Title: Tax Associate
After graduating summa cum laude in May, 2013, Becky beat out four other highly qualified finalists for a coveted entry level position with the largest of the “Big 4” accounting firms.
Her four years as a Muskie were filled with shining accomplishments, such as her stellar all-conference play on the basketball court, her internships at Harley-Davidson and Schenck SC and her 50 hours of volunteer work preparing tax returns for low-income citizens through the Salvation Army.
“My experience at Lakeland was so positive,” says Becky with a big smile. “When I came in as a freshman, I was scared and didn’t know who I was. Lakeland’s a small school that takes you as a clean slate and turns you into an awesome painting.”
Coming out of high school, Becky applied to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stout and Lakeland. She was accepted by all four, and chose Lakeland. Her desire to play college basketball, along with the full-tuition J. Garland Schilcutt academic scholarship she earned, led her to Lakeland.
Becky thrived as a Muskie, joining the accounting club and hosting prospective basketball players during their visits. While walking across campus with recruits, they often asked her if the constant greetings from other Lakeland students were staged. She assured them the friendly interaction was genuine.
“Going to a big school, you’re just not going to feel that same glow,” she says. “When you graduate from Lakeland, and you’re one of say 10 accounting majors, you’re really going to feel special.”
Listed below are just some of the actual jobs Lakeland University accounting students from recent graduating classes have landed:
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 350 - 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. ** Students completing the Accounting major have the option of pursuing an emphasis to supplement their major coursework. Students wishing to complete an emphasis may select from those identified in the section on Business and Entrepreneurship Emphases and must complete all prerequisites to be eligible for coursework in those emphasis areas. **
**Available business emphases that may be pursued can be found under Business Administration.
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