Accounting, Bachelor of Science


In this increasingly complex and competitive business environment, accounting skills are in high demand. Aligned with the Kansas Board of Accountancy expectations for certification as a public accountant, the Friends University accounting degree prepares students for successful careers as corporate, public, government, or nonprofit accountants; tax preparation experts; auditors; and managers.

Courses in the accounting program are taught by practicing accountants who have the knowledge and experience necessary to provide a comprehensive educational foundation to their students. The Friends University accounting program focuses on application of material rather than just theory. Accounting courses are taught in a computer lab with students completing all homework in Excel. Students apply course material in all courses to gain a better grasp of material so they are prepared for the workforce. Nearly all students also complete a paid internship, though this is not required.

A four-year bachelor’s degree is necessary for most professional-level positions in accounting. In the areas of public accounting, this must also be supplemented by professional certification (CPA) and often graduate work. The Certified Management Accounting designation is for private accounting.

The majority of CPA exam requirements in Kansas are covered within this program with three noted exceptions: 1) Students need 150 credit hours. Students can earn these extra hours by double majoring, taking extra classes or earning a master’s degree. 2) Students will need three additional hours of economics beyond the six hours required in the major. 3) Students need three additional hours of law beyond the one required law course. Exam requirements vary by state.

Professor Pendleton’s sheer passion for her career shone through each and every day. Her passion combined with a wealth of intellectual knowledge in the field of Accounting led me to undertake a second degree into the subject. I speak with people across the city each week that continuously sing her praises.

Daniel Littler, Accounting graduate

Program Outcomes

  • Proficiently use current technology and analytical tools to perform business functions, work collaboratively and facilitate decision making.
  • Research, prepare, analyze and review financial and business data by applying accounting and business principles and standards to produce financial/business reports.
  • Understand the four financial statements.
  • Understand managerial accounting techniques for decision-making.

Potential Areas of Employment

  • Independent businesses
  • Tax agencies
  • Accountancy firms
  • International companies
  • Government agencies
  • Travel agencies
  • Health care

View accounting courses in the course catalog.

Featured Faculty

Arlen Honts

Dr. Arlen Honts

  • Professor of Business; Division Chair of Business & Information Technology
  • Business and Information Technology
  • B.S., MBA, University of Oklahoma; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University
Nichole Pendleton

Nichole Pendleton

  • Assistant Professor of Accounting
  • Business and Information Technology
  • B.S., M.Acc., Kansas State University