Department Chairperson: David Gray
The Accounting Department is committed to the development and delivery of a curriculum that prepares students for the demands of the accounting profession. Our program develops critical core competencies that benefit professionals throughout their careers. Students learn the skills and knowledge necessary for success in early career opportunities and on professional examinations, and serve as a strong foundation for long-term professional growth.
Consistent with North Central College's liberal arts tradition, the accounting program emphasizes critical thinking abilities, communication skills and the importance of lifelong learning. As a result, students are equipped to respond to the ever-changing role of accounting in our global economy. In addition to the curricular requirements, students enhance learning outcomes through participation in co-curricular, community-based learning and internship opportunities. The ethical responsibilities of accounting professionals are emphasized and embedded throughout all aspects of our program.
Degrees offered: A Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. Accounting courses in all tracks emphasize communication skills as well as critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Computer work, cases and group work are also incorporated in most accounting courses. In addition, students are encouraged to pursue internships at local firms and to interact with practitioners who are invited to campus. Graduates of the accounting program usually seek full-time positions in public accounting, in private industry or in not-for-profit organizations. Graduates also have the option of attending graduate school to obtain a Master's degree in Accounting, Business Administration, Taxation or other area of specialization. The Accounting five-year program allows North Central College students to obtain a B.A. or B.S. degree in accounting as well as the MBA degree within a five-year period. Please refer to the Integrated Five-Year Bachelor's/Master's Programs section of this catalog for additional information about the Five-Year Integrated Accounting, B.A. or B.S./M.B.A. Program.