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Academics: Accounting Majors and Minor

Study Accounting at Calvin

General overview

The bachelor of science in accountancy, bachelor of science in public accountancy and bachelor of science in global management accountancy degrees are intended for students who want to prepare for a career in accounting in the context of a Christian liberal arts education. Calvin's students receive a broad education both in business and in the liberal arts to become competent accounting specialists who also understand and relate well to the world around them.

B.S. in Accountancy (BSA) Program

The B.S. in Accountancy program is designed for students who are interested in a career in accounting other than public accounting (C.P.A.). It includes courses in accounting, management, marketing, business law and courses in economics. It also requires courses in mathematics and computer science. Students who enroll in this four-year program find positions in banking, industry, and not-for-profit institutions. All core categories must be met by this degree with the exception of one year in a foreign language and one of the courses in religion. A grade of at least C in Business 203 and in Business 204 is required to be accepted into this major. Interested students are encouraged to speak to an advisor.

Program requirements

Visit the Course Catalog for complete course descriptions:

  • Business 160
  • Business 203
  • Business 204
  • Business 205
  • Business 301
  • Business 302
  • Business 305
  • Business 306
  • One from Business 307, 310, 311, or 312
  • Business 315
  • Business 350
  • Business 360
  • Business 362
  • Business 370
  • Business 380
  • One from Business 363, 365, 367, 371, 372, 396, 397, Economics 325, 326, 331, 334, 335, 338, 339
  • Economics 221
  • Economics 222
  • Mathematics 143, 243, or 343
  • Information Systems 171


B.S. in Public Accountancy (BSPA) Program

The BSPA (a five year program) is designed to meet the 150 hours education requirement adopted by Michigan and most other states for Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certification. It includes the coursework listed above for the B.S. in Accountancy plus two additional accounting courses. All core categories must be met for this degree with a two course reduction in the foreign language requirements. A grade of at least a C in Business 203 and Business 204 is required to be accepted into this major. Students interested in this program are encouraged to speak to an advisor.

Calvin accounting graduates have consistently performed well on the CPA exam. Over the past several years, rates for successful completion of the entire exam have ranked in the top ten in the state of Michigan.

Certified Public Accountant licensing

Becoming a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Michigan involves meeting education, work experience, and examination requirements established by the state. To learn more about requirements to sit for the Uniform CPA Examination and to apply for a CPA certificate, as well as other information about Certified Public Accountant licensing see the State of Michigan website.

Program requirements

All courses listed for the BSA plus:

  • Business 307
  • Business 310
  • Business 311
  • Business 312
  • Business 315
  • Two from Business 363, 365, 367, 371, 372, 396, 397, Economics 325, 326, 331, 334, 335, 338, 339


B.S. in Global Management Accountancy (BSGMA) Program

Business organizations have become increasingly globally integrated. Many organizations have operations in multiple countries, and even small firms are likely to have a global supply chain. Globalization has encouraged a significant number of students to come to Calvin from around the world. This major is designed for students, particularly international students,who intend to pursue careers outside the United States. The program will prepare students to sit for the Certified Global Management Accountant certification.

Program requirements

Business 160
Business 203
Business 204
Business 205
Business 301
Business 302
Business 305
Business 310
Business 315
Business 359
Business 360
Business 362
Business 363
Business 364
Business 370
Business 380
Business 396

Cognates
(11 semester hours)
Economics 221
Economics 222
Mathematics 143, 243, or 343
Information Systems 171


Accounting minor

A minor in Accounting will benefit students majoring in one of many programs that have a relatively close association with accounting, including Business majors pursuing a Finance concentration, Economics majors interested in banking or finance, and Management Information Systems majors interested in accounting information systems.

Program requirements

Business 160
Business 203
Business 204
Business 205
Business 301
One accounting elective

 

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Real-world learning

In accounting at Calvin, take advantage of these opportunities:

Connect with potential employers at regular events including networking nights

Find an internship through the business and accounting internship course

Explore global markets by studying off-campus in places like China, New York and Germany

Provide tax preparation assistance to low-income and elderly individuals in the community