Central's accounting program prepares students for professional careers in public, private, government and not-for-profit accounting. Central students have a strong history of success on the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) examinations. Central College accounting students are in demand — nearly 100% of accounting graduates are placed in great positions within six months! And Central students ranked 18th in the nation for first-time CPA pass rate among similarly-sized programs.
Central students interested in pursuing graduate degrees have lots of opportunities for attending graduate school. Central students have gone on to achieve success at nationally renowned institutions.
When it comes to future employment or entrance into graduate school, students with internship experience have a proven track record in a professional environment. Central’s powerful alumni network ensures our students have access to some of the best internships available!
Central’s accounting curriculum begins with a solid foundation in financial and managerial accounting rooted in the liberal arts, including ethics, economics, communication, mathematics and statistics. In upper-level courses, students grow through coverage of a variety of theoretical and applied financial accounting topics, as well as cost, tax and auditing.
Central’s accounting faculty has designed the curriculum to hone the skills employers value most. Throughout their careers at Central, accounting students will develop public speaking abilities, polish professional writing skills and develop technological competencies. Coursework throughout the curriculum emphasizes critical thinking and application of professional judgment. The senior accounting capstone challenges students to perfect their research and presentation skills in a professional environment.
Learn more about Accounting in the course catalog.
Sara Bergman, B.S., M.Acc. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: Managerial accounting, auditing
Graham Lemke, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Donald T. Butler Endowed Chair and Professor of Finance
Tuan Nguyen, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Economics, interest areas include: health economics, labor economics and the economics of risky behavior
Uwaoma Nwaogu, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: international trade and finance, monetary economics and labor economics
Brian Peterson, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Dean for Curriculum and Faculty Development, interest areas include: public finance, econometrics and economic education
Jaclyn Rundle, B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Business Management, interest areas include: nonprofit organizations, social entrepreneurship and social enterprise certification methods
Maggie Schlerman, B.A., M.Acc., C.P.A. Assistant Professor of Accounting, interest areas include: financial accounting and analysis, strategic planning, international accounting and corporate social responsibility
Jessica Schuring, B.A., M.B.A, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Economics, interest areas include: microeconomics, health economics, labor economics, environmental economics, development economics and economics of discrimination
Julie Summers, Lecturer of Management and Marketing
Faculty advisors help students interested in pursuing professional certifications ensure success. Each student has a defined pathway to full preparation for certification in his or her area of interest in four years. Examination requirements may be met with accounting coursework, internship experience and international study opportunities.
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the department of economics, accounting and management, department of sociology and anthropology and department of modern languages.
The $3.9-million building completed in 1999 includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with one of Central’s international programs to enhance their development as global citizens, or with partner programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.
Accounting majors are encouraged to study abroad because in an increasingly global economy, employers want to hire graduates who have a larger world perspective.
Finding and landing your first job is an important step. Central makes sure students are fully prepared for the job search through multiple events focusing on search strategies, resume building, interviewing practice and networking skills.
Central students never stop chasing possibilities, and many seniors have already lined up new opportunities to serve and grow after graduation.
Accounting major Jane McKown ’17 writes about her summer experience as tax intern at Jeanne M. Matter CPA Ltd. in Delano, Minn.
Grant Seuferer is a winner of the 2015 Elijah Watt Sells Award, earned by .08 percent of 2015 CPA candidates.
Want to find out more about Accounting at Central? Contact us to learn more about this major and our other strong academic programs. Visit campus to observe classes and experience The Central Difference firsthand.