Department Chairperson: David Gray
Accounting and Finance Faculty
The Department is committed to the development and delivery of a curriculum that prepares students for the demands of careers in accounting and finance. Our programs develop critical core competencies and fundamental knowledge 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 life-long learning and 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 everchanging 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. Accounting courses emphasize communication skills, team-building, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. Students have the opportunity to pursue internship experiences with a wide variety of firms. Graduates 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, Financial Management, Taxation or other advanced degrees or areas of specialization.
Finance is a dynamic and challenging field that seeks to develop within students an understanding of the conceptual framework of modem finance and the applied quantitative skills required for financial decision-making. Students majoring in finance study financial markets and institutions and the financial decision-making process of firms and analyze investments and financial markets. The department further endeavors to prepare students for advanced studies in graduate programs through the encouragement of critical thinking, development of life-long learning habits and the promotion of leadership and social responsibility. Students have the opportunity to pursue internship experiences with a wide variety of firms. The finance major is appropriate for students interested in careers in financial services (principally with banks, insurance companies, brokerage firms, and commodity brokers and dealers). Graduates also have the option of attending graduate school to obtain a Master’s degree in Financial Management, Business Administration, Economics or other advanced degrees or areas of specialization.
Degrees offered: B.B.A.