The business department at Bushnell University seeks to develop highly competent professionals for service in local and global communities. This is made possible by integrating Christian values with fundamental concepts, best practices, and innovative applications in business.

The accounting program builds on the mission of the business department by developing analytical, theoretical, and problem-solving skills. This mission provides them with the ability to make important decisions in the managerial or financial environment. They will also gain the ability to make any type of business decision whether it be as a Certified Public Accountant, a Chief Financial Officer, or as a Chief Executive Officer.

Although strong quantitative skills and attention to detail are important for the accounting major, students also need to acquire proficiency in other skills as well. A degree in accounting can lead to quality positions in public accounting, investment banking, consulting, and management in corporate, governmental or not-for-profit organizations.

To meet the needs of today’s challenging global economy, Bushnell University’s accounting program integrates finance, economics, law, and ethics. Courses in business management and marketing are also inserted into the curriculum to provide the student with a well-rounded education, strong ethical values, and a sound business perspective.


Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program, a variety of careers are available in both the private and public sectors. Listed below are just some examples of career paths open to students with accounting proficiency.

Professional CPA Firms (Auditing and/or Tax Services)

  • Staff Accountant
  • Manager
  • Partner


  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Treasury Department (Internal Revenue Service)
  • Secret Service
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Homeland Security
  • Department of Defense

Corporate (Fashion, Food, Technology, Banking, Sports)

  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Controller
  • Treasurer
  • Tax Director
  • Internal Auditor
  • Personal Financial Planner
  • Financial Analyst
  • Cost Accountant
  • Regulatory Compliance Officer

Not for Profit

  • College Professor
  • Controller
  • Compliance Analyst
  • Budget Director

Campus Activities

Outside of class, students participate in the Accounting Club, which brings local business leaders to campus to talk about real-world success and challenges. Volunteerism is encouraged through local non-profit organizations, such as a cost-analysis done for a local high school booster club.

Graduate Outcomes

Recent graduates have obtained positions in the public accounting field, private corporations, educational, and not-for-profit organizations. With accounting positions projected to grow at an annual rate of 29% over the next four or five years, there are plenty of opportunities available for the graduate with strong accounting, tax, finance, and business acumen. Strong regulatory requirements established by the United States Congress are projected to continue into the future.

Courses in the Accounting Major

Prerequisites for Accounting

  • Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomics

Requirements for Accounting

  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Federal Income Tax
  • Federal Income Tax-Corporations, Partnerships, Estates & Trusts
  • Auditing I
  • Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations
  • Internship
  • Advanced Accounting Capstone
  • Managerial Finance
  • Applied Statistics
  • Writing in the Workplace

A Business Administration minor is required for all Accounting majors

Requirements for Business Administration Minor

  • Principles of Management & Leadership
  • Legal and Ethical Issues In Business & Management
  • Business Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Choose two courses from the following:
    • Small Business Management
    • Introduction to Business and Entrepreneurship
    • Operations Management
    • Global Business Management

Courses in the Accounting Minor

Prerequisites for the Minor

  • Principles of Management and Leadership
  • English Composition

Requirements for the Minor

  • Principles of Accounting I & II
  • Intermediate Accounting I & II
  • Auditing I
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Accounting for Non-Profit Organizations
Program Director
David Walsh, J.D.
Dean of Business

J.D., University of Wisconsin M.P.S., Cornell University M.B.A., Alaska Pacific University B.A., Loras College David Walsh …