The accounting degree for returning undergraduates concentrates on core accounting and business theory with special attention to decision making and situational analysis. The program also includes financial accounting curriculum in taxation, auditing and research. This program is designed for students who are interested in an accelerated undergraduate bachelor’s degree in accounting.

The bachelor of business administration in accounting degree enables students to apply fundamental principles of accounting and finance. Faculty members are practicing accountants and coursework has specifically been designed to provide the foundational elements of accounting while incorporating the virtues of a liberal arts education. Students will learn how to interpret and apply the concepts of accounting, reporting, auditing and federal taxation. It is designed for students who wish to work in the accounting field within public and private firms.

Main areas of study include :

  • Accounting concepts
  • Business theory and application
  • Methods for appraising organization performance
  • Federal taxation and auditing
  • Accounting information systems
  • Leadership and ethics

It is recognized that students desiring to become Certified Public Accountants (CPA) must complete 150 credits and a specified set of courses. In most cases, students working toward meeting the CPA requirements will combine a 124-credit undergraduate degree with a graduate degree program, a second degree or additional hours leading to a certification.

Adult undergraduate bachelor’s degrees are offered in Wichita, Topeka and online. Not all courses and programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Please contact an Admissions Counselor at 316-295-5300 or for more details.

Accounting Degree Brochure

Brent Merz took his time in making his decision about where to attend college. “I’ve been in cooperative accounting for my entire career but I didn’t have a degree,” he said. “Completing my degree has always been a goal of mine and is the one thing in my life that I started but never finished. Thank goodness for Friends University in southwest Kansas!”

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of and applying the fundamental principles of accounting.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the application and necessity of accounting systems as a part of the process of decision-making.
  • Demonstrate the ability to creatively solve accounting issues, both individually and in groups, to make effective decisions.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and reasoning as required for managing ethically in the accounting environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and applying the concepts of auditing and federal taxation.
  • Present electronic tax and audit research through both oral and written communication mechanisms.

Potential Areas of Employment

An accounting major can work for companies that range in size from a sole practitioner to small partnerships to national and international firms. Accounting careers include jobs that involve extensive interpersonal contact, as well as those that involve very little. Other careers could be in the fields of financial planning and investment analysis. This degree preps students with the minimum requirements for certifications in certified management accounting (CMA) and certified financial accounting (CFA).

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