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:
- A required internship, that we will help you land, that’s worth three credits toward your degree
- The Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, which involves you preparing actual tax returns for in-need members of the Sheboygan community (our accounting students prepared more than 500 returns in 2013)
- Field trips to renowned corporations, such as Kohler Co.
- Required job shadows of local accounting professionals, that we will help set up
- Ability to graduate in four years
“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.”
Covering all the bases
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.”
Accounting Major (63 semester hours)
- ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
- ACC 220 Managerial Accounting Principles
- ACC 350 Federal Income Tax I
- ACC 355 Federal Income Tax II (4 semester hours)
- ACC 395 Intermediate Accounting I
- ACC 396 Intermediate Accounting II
- ACC 401 Internship in Accounting I
- ACC 420 Cost Accounting
- ACC 465 Accounting Information Systems
- ACC 471 Advanced Accounting I
- ACC 472 Auditing Theory and Practice
- ACC 474 Advanced Accounting II
- BUS 200 Business and Professional Protocol (2 semester hours)
- BUS 301 Management Information Systems
- BUS 330 Management Principles
- BUS 340 Principles of Business Finance
- BUS 350 Marketing Principles
- BUS 410 Business Law I
- BUS 491 Business Policy and Strategy (Writing Intensive)
- ECN 220 Principles of Macroeconomics
- ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics
Accounting Cognate Emphases
Cognate emphases complement the Lakeland College accounting major. By adding courses in an emphasis area to the courses in the major, accounting students can make themselves distinctively qualified, skill-ready, and highly employable in the emphasis field. The following cognate emphasis areas are available: Finance and Insurance, Forensic/Fraud, and Taxation.
Finance and Insurance (18 semester hours):
- BUS 325 The Insurance Industry
- BUS 424 Intermediate Corporate Finance
- BUS 440 Personal Insurance Lines
- BUS 441 Commercial Insurance Lines I
- BUS 442 Commercial Insurance Lines II
- ECN 360 Money, Banking and National Income
Forensic/Fraud (12 semester hours):
- ACC 265 Fraud Investigation I
- ACC 365 Fraud Investigation II
- CRJ 140 Introduction to Criminal Justice
- CRJ 345 Criminal Law
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.
Listed below are just some of the actual jobs Lakeland College accounting students from recent graduating classes have landed:
- Tax associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Bank examiner, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, Wisconsin Department of Treasury
- Tax associate, Schenck SC
- Tax analyst, U.S. Bank
- Renewable energy analyst, Orion Energy Systems
- Business analyst, Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting (Tokyo, Japan)
- Associate accountant, Johnsonville Sausage
- Associate tax accountant, Thomson Reuters
- Staff accountant, Adell Cooperative
- Accounting assistant, Culligan
- Accountant, Van Horn Hyundai
- Senior auditor, Orion Energy Systems
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.”
Forensic Accounting at Lakeland
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.”