Accounting at Lakeland: Finish in three years
Anyone who takes the Certified Public Accounting exam in Wisconsin must have 150 credits. That generally means five years of college.
But at Lakeland College, Brett Killion, assistant professor of accounting, has devised an aggressive but realistic academic blueprint that allows students to graduate with their accounting degree in three years — and sit for the CPA exam in four.
"With college costs increasing each year, and with students becoming more and more conscious of how much college is costing them, we want to give the more motivated students the option of getting their accounting degree in three years," Killion said. "And earning 150 credits in four years is also a realistic and viable option here at Lakeland."
For bright, ambitious Lakeland students like junior Daniel Fochs, Killion's plan has great appeal. Fochs, from Appleton, Wis., is on pace to graduate with 150 credits in 3 ½ years.
"I've had a great time here at Lakeland, but I'm ready to move on and start my career," says Dan, 21. "I'm ready to put everything I've learned here to good use."
Download the plan here
Dan got a head start toward his degree when he loaded up on advanced placement classes at Appleton North High School, then successfully "tested out" for 16 general education credits before ever taking his first class at Lakeland.
He took on a full load of 18 credit hours his first semester, and was off and running. An internship beginning in January with Schenck SC in Appleton will count for 12 credits, in addition to giving Dan real-world experience in his chosen field. During his 15-week internship, Dan will also take an advanced accounting class online, and will drive back and forth to Lakeland twice a week in spring to take a Fraud Investigation II class.
Despite his heavy course load, Dan says his life is balanced. He works 10 hours a week at the campus coffee shop, the Daily Grind, and finds time to play cards and video games with his friends. As for sleep, he says, "I get about seven hours a night; it's not bad at all."
Killion's plan includes some spring and summer work, and three 18-credit semesters, but the first semester of a student's freshman year is comprised of just 15 credit hours, as are the final two semesters of a student's senior year.
"It was easier to put together than I thought it would be," said Killion of the plan. "One thing I really like about Lakeland is that we give students the flexibility to take classes on the ground, online or in the summer. That flexibility gives our students a better opportunity to complete this plan."
Dan's dad and older brother are both accountants, and Dan was intrigued by the fraud/forensic accounting emphasis offered at Lakeland. "Down the line," he says, "I'd love to work in the area of white collar crime."
Coming out of high school, Dan looked at a few schools, but felt most comfortable at Lakeland.
"The friendliness, the family atmosphere and the one-on-one attention from professors stood out," Dan says. "I didn't feel that at other schools. There, I felt like I was just a number and that they just wanted my money."
As for his fast track toward graduation, Dan says, "It's surreal. It feels good getting closer and closer to my goal."
The sport management minor in combination with a exercise science and sport studies major can lead to careers in management and administration of sport programs in colleges, recreation centers, YMCA's, YWCA's, sports sales and marketing, public relations and marketing for sports organizations.
Sport Management Minor (24 semester hours)
- ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
- BUS 150 Pathways to Success Introduction to Business
- ECN 230 Principles of Microeconomics
- ESS 144 Introduction to Sport Studies
- ESS 315 Sports Marketing and Promotion
- ESS 324 Programming of Athletic Facilities and Events
- ESS 410 Organization and Management of Sport Programs (Writing Intensive)
- One of the following courses:
- ECN 301 The Economics of Sports
- ESS 264 Youth and Adolescence in Sport
- ESS 320 Gender and Racial Issues: Diversity in Sport
- ESS 450 The Essentials of Ethics and Law in Sport
A minor in Sport Management may not be combined with the Sport Studies emphasis in the Exercise Science and Sport Studies major.
This unique program is offered to students who come to Lakeland having already completed an associate degree in a technical or highly specialized field at a two-year college or technical school.
The program allows those experienced students to build upon their expertise by adding a full range of business, accounting and economics courses. With the "management side" of their specialty then completed, those students can graduate with a bachelor's degree in specialized administration that references their specific field.
Students who major in specialized administration will be able to:
- Apply the central principles of business and business administration, specifically to the students' chosen areas of expertise
- Comprehend the ways in which economic institutions and behavior at various levels — personal, business and social — influence administrative practices and decisions
- Specialize in non-business subject areas in order to explore business opportunities connected to the students' areas of expertise
- Communicate business and economic information to stakeholders within specialized fields in a clear and professional manner
- Appreciate and abide by the ethical and legal rules by which business entities relate to one another and to society
Specialized Administration Major (32 semester hours plus approved A.A. degree)
An approved Associate of Arts degree (A.A.) plus the following courses:
- ACC 210 Financial Accounting Principles
- BUS 200 Business and Professional Protocol (2 semester hours)
- BUS 301 Management Information Systems
- BUS 330 Management Principles
- 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
- Six (6) semester hours of divisionally approved electives
- Courses selected to meet this requirement may not be used to meet requirements of another business major or minor. Courses selected from divisions other than the Business Administration Division may be used to satisfy this requirement. Contact the chair of the Business Administration Division or the Registrar for approval.
Science - Life and Environmental Emphasis
This minor is especially designed for students majoring in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education who have an interest in and an aptitude for the natural sciences. It provides a broad background in the sciences, without the depth of focus required of a minor in one specific discipline.
Science - Life and Environmental Emphasis (31 semester hours and the appropriate education requirements) Life and Environmental Science Emphasis for Teacher Education Certification (grades 1-8)
- BIO 101 Environmental Science (4 semester hours)
- BIO 111 Life Sciences I (4 semester hours)
- BIO 112 Life Sciences II (4 semester hours)
- CHM 131 Principles of Chemistry I (4 semester hours)
- CHM 132 Principles of Chemistry II (4 semester hours)
- CHM200 Earth Systems (4 semester hours)
- PHY 200 Celestial Systems (4 semester hours)
- One additional Biology (BIO) or Biochemistry (BIOC) course (minimum 3 semester hours) at the 300-level or above
Note: This minor is not available to students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Biochemistry.
To qualify for teaching certification at the Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence level (grades 1-8), a student must complete the Middle Childhood though Early Adolescence Major/Professional Sequence, the courses listed above, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.
Politics affect the neighborhoods we live in, the schools we attend, the votes we cast and the taxes we pay.
The study of political science directly enhances our understanding of everyday life by encouraging us to learn how people throughout history have used government, power and public sentiment to get what they want.
Lakeland's political science minor introduces students to the main traditions and theories of governance. As a field of study, it supplements the major of anyone who plans to enter a career in law, government service or public policy administration. Moreover, the political science minor can help anyone to take a more confident role in the decision-making processes that shape our world.
Political Science Minor (18 semester hours and the appropriate education requirements) for Education and Non-Education
- POL 221 American Government I
- POL 231 American Government II
- POL 350 Political Theory
- Two of the following:
- HISP 322 Twentieth Century Europe
- HISP 341 U.S. Economic History
- HISP 352 U.S. Intellectual History
- HISP 361 The Modern Middle East
- HISP 362 U.S. Women's History
- HISP 372 U.S. Ethnic History
- SOC 472 Social Service Policy
- One of the following:
- POL 400 Internship in Political Science
- POL 480 Special Topics in Political Science
- POL 490 Independent Study in Political Science
Note: To qualify for either Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence (grades 1-8) or Early Adolescence through Adolescence (grades 6-12) teaching certification in political science, a student must complete the courses listed above, a Middle Childhood Through Early Adolescence major or the Early Adolescence through Adolescence professional sequence along with a certifiable major, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's (DPI) statutory requirements.