Accounting Major

Accounting majors studying at George Fox, a Christian college

It's an exciting time to be an accountant, and there’s no better place to study the profession than George Fox. Our accounting major’s emphasis on technical skills, critical thinking, analytics expertise and character development will prepare you not only to excel in today’s business environment, but to be a person of integrity and professionalism in whatever career path you pursue. 

A 95 Percent Internship Rate 

Good news: Not only is the job outlook for the accounting profession promising, but George Fox has strong relationships with international, national and regional businesses that consistently seek our students for internships and jobs. 

On average, 95 percent of our students are placed into internships and jobs at highly respected public accounting firms such as Aldrich Advisors, KPMG, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Moss Adams, Delap, Perkins and Co, Geffen Mesher, and Hoffman, Stewart, and Schmidt. 

Students who elect to pursue a non-public accounting track have secured positions with Amazon, Washington County, the State of Oregon, Columbia Sportswear, Siemens, and many more. 

An Emphasis on Character Development 

Most importantly, the accounting program is marked by innovative curriculum, a strong focus on faith-based ethics, and a faculty who enjoy walking this formative journey with students and alumni. We regularly interact with outside experts and alumni in our work together, seeking formative spiritual and character development in our students. 

Opportunities to Serve 

Desiring to be more than technical experts, the program moves beyond “codes of conduct” to actively engage students in ethical and faith formation by interacting with texts from Scripture, Bonhoeffer, Augustine and C.S. Lewis. To put that into practice, our alumni and students serve together regularly each year during Accounting Serve Day, our work on white-collar crime with the Portland Police Bureau, and by serving the community with free tax assistance. 

Surrounded by caring faculty, students and alumni, your path to becoming a Christian professional will be rewarding and stimulating.


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Major Requirements

Complete the following:

Accounting is the language of business. This course provides an introductory overview of accounting from a user perspective. Its purpose is to give students a basic understanding of the logic behind the principles of accounting, enabling them to prepare, read, analyze, and interpret financial statements for the purpose of decision making. Prerequisite: BUSN 110 and Sophomore standing or above.
This course is a continuation of ACCT 271. It emphasizes the uses of accounting data by management to make both planning and control decisions. Students will continue to analyze financial statements to assess a company's liquidity, profitability, capital structure, and stock market ratios. Students will also develop operating budgets and use them to evaluate performance. Cost information will be classified by behavior, and allocated under a cost-beneficial system that assists managers in using relevant costs for decision making. Prerequisite: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting.
This introductory survey will examine the major functional areas of business and afford the student an opportunity to consider this major as a path to a career. Emphasis is given to contemporary business concepts, in particular, and examination of business as a field for stewardship.
A practical application of personal financial management and an introduction to the field of financial planning. Topics include money history, stewardship, budgets, loans, spending, housing, insurance, investments, and retirement. Prerequisite: Business and economics majors only.
Statistical procedures with applications in management and economics. Emphasis on the development of a basic knowledge of the statistical tools available for analysis of problems and decision making. Prerequisites: MATH 180 College Algebra or higher math course, or an SAT math score of 620 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher.
This course is designed to prepare students to meet the ethical challenges facing employees in modern business and nonprofit organizations. The course will address moral issues at every organizational level - personal, interpersonal, group, and system wide. Topics will include identifying personal mission and values; developing character; faith in the workplace; ethical perspectives, moral reasoning, and decision-making formats; ethical organizational communication and influence; ethical group behavior and leadership; and the creation of ethical organizational climates. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110.
Covers the legal aspects of common business transactions. Includes the law of contracts, agency, negotiable instruments, and other phases of private law.
The study of administrative policy and strategy in organizations. Emphasis is placed on the integration and inter-relationships of functional business areas (accounting, economics, finance, marketing, and management) for the purpose of developing an organizational-wide perspective. Students learn a model of strategy formulation and implementation and, through analyzing cases, apply this model to a variety of institutional settings. Prerequisites: MGMT 260 Principles of Management, MKTG 260 Principles of Marketing, FINC 260 Business Finance, ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting, and senior standing.
An introduction to the macro aspects of the social science concerned with the allocation of resources. Consideration is given to the fundamental principles of the economy as a whole, dealing with economic data, behavior, and theory at the aggregate level of the economy. The course studies topics such as government spending, taxation, and monetary policies, as well as events and issues in the global economy. ECON 211 and ECON 212 are complementary courses; however, it is preferred that ECON 211 be taken first.
An introduction to the micro aspects of the social science concerned with the allocation of resources. Consideration is given to the fundamental principles governing production, distribution, consumption, and exchange of wealth. The course studies the behavior of microeconomic units such as individuals, households, firms, and industries. ECON 211 and ECON 212 are complementary courses; however, it is preferred that ECON 211 be taken first. Prerequisites: Students must have completed MATH 180 College Algebra or higher math course, or an SAT math score of 620 or higher or an ACT score of 28 or higher.
An introduction to the finance function of a business entity. Specific topics to be studied include capital budgeting, cost of capital determination, sources of financing, leverage and its effect on the profits and risk of business, and managing the asset mix and capital structure of a business. Prerequisites: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting, ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting (may also be a co-requisite), ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics and college level statistics course 200 level or higher. Students who've taken PSYC 240 or SOCI 340 must also complete MATH 150 or higher, or have a SAT math score of 620 or higher or have an ACT score of 28 or higher.
The importance of thinking globally and understanding the legal, technological, political and economic differences that affect business practice are explored through readings and projects. The focus is on the global changes that are impacting national sovereignty, regionalization, and the balance of economic and political power. Prerequisites: ECON 211 Principles of Macroeconomics and MGMT 260 Principles of Management.
A study of the theory and practice of management. The course involves discussion and application of areas such as social responsibility, strategy, problem solving, communication, change, job performance, and financial/operational controls. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business
Study of the marketing concept, consumer demand and behavior, and marketing functions of the firm. The objective is to understand the development of marketing channels, products, prices, and promotion strategies. Prerequisite or Co-requisite of BUSN 110 Introduction to Business

Complete the following:

A foundational course for the study of computer science and information systems. The course covers an overview of programming methodology and gives the student an ability to write computer programs using standard style and structure. Programming projects are completed in one or more high-level languages. Prerequisite: high school algebra or equivalent. Additional course fee required.
This is an introductory course on fundamental concepts in taxation. The objective of this course is learning to recognize major tax issues inherent in business and financial transactions. The course will emphasize measurement and taxation of business income, along with an introduction to taxation of individuals. Prerequisites: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting and ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting.
This course will emphasize the mechanical aspects of accounting and will cover both manual and computerized accounting systems. The course is designed for the accounting major. Prerequisite: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting and ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting.
A comprehensive study of generally accepted accounting principles, including a review of their historical development and a thorough study of the underlying theory supporting them. A detailed study of many specific problems associated with the measurement and reporting of complex business transactions. Prerequisite: ACCT 271 Principles of Financial Accounting and ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting.
A comprehensive study of generally accepted accounting principles, including a review of their historical development and a thorough study of the underlying theory supporting them. A detailed study of many specific problems associated with the measurement and reporting of complex business transactions. Prerequisite: ACCT 371 Financial Accounting and Reporting I.
A comprehensive study of generally accepted accounting principles, including a review of their historical development and a thorough study of the underlying theory supporting them. A detailed study of many specific problems associated with the measurement and reporting of complex business transactions. Prerequisite: ACCT 371 Financial Accounting and Reporting I.
This class will explore the use of analytics by professional accountants. Starting with the generation of business question, students will use a decision-making framework to draw appropriate and ethical conclusions to business problems. Students will understand the principles of data analysis, including but not limited to, systems, collecting, cleaning, analyzing and visualizing data. During the course, students will also gain hands-on experience with software tools used by accounting professionals. Prerequisites: MATH 180 College Algebra, CSIS 201 Introduction to Computer Science, ACCT 370 Accounting Information Systems, and ACCT 371 Financial Accounting & Reporting I.
Accounting for specific types of entities, such as partnerships and not-for-profit organizations. The accounting problems encountered in business combinations and foreign currency translation will be studied. Prerequisites: ACCT 272 Principles of Managerial Accounting and ACCT 370 Accounting Information Systems.
An introduction to the standards and procedures observed by Certified Public Accountants in the examination of financial statements. Special areas of study will include evaluation of internal control, ethical considerations, legal environment, the auditor's reports, and evidence-collecting and evaluation. Prerequisites: ACCT 370 Accounting Information Systems, ACCT 371 Financial Accounting and Reporting I and CSIS 201 Introduction to Computer Science.
This course is an expansion of how tax laws affect individuals, partnerships, corporations, and S corporations. Additional topics in taxation are introduced with emphasis on laws applicable to estates, gifts, trusts, and tax exempt organizations. Prerequisite: ACCT 350 Taxation.

Student are encouraged to choose the following electives to enhance their major.

This course is being offered in conjunction with the Internal Revenue Service and the AARP to give the student skills and training needed to prepare income tax returns for low-to-moderate income people in the community. We will offer free tax preparation and electronic filing for the community.
Supervised experiences in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies. Pass/No Pass.
Occasional special courses chosen to fit the interests and needs of students and faculty.

Jobs and Internships

The accounting major at George Fox integrates the academic discipline with Christian values.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities for accountants and auditors are expected to grow 10 percent between 2016 and 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. In general, employment growth of accountants and auditors is expected to be closely tied to the health of the overall economy. As the economy grows, more workers should be needed to prepare and examine financial records.

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterHouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • Aldrich Advisors
  • Delap
  • Moss Adams
  • Partner, Geffen Mersher & Company
  • Grant Thornton
  • Jones & Roth
  • Hoffman, Stewart, Schmidt
  • Pauly Rogers and Co.
  • Columbia
  • KPMG
  • PricewaterHouseCoopers
  • Deloitte
  • Aldrich Advisors
  • Delap
  • Moss Adams
  • Partner, Geffen Mersher & Company
  • Grant Thornton
  • Jones & Roth
  • Hoffman, Stewart, Schmidt
  • Pauly Rogers and Co.
  • Columbia

In the News

Seth Sikkema, accounting professor, overseeing the Tax-Aide program

Tax-Aide program provides tangible service to community

Once again, the university’s accounting department provided free tax preparation and e-filing assistance this spring, and more than 100 community members took advantage of the offer.

The Tax-Aide program, overseen by accounting professor Seth Sikkema, is especially geared toward senior citizens, students, individuals with lower incomes, and those with limited English proficiency. But anyone – outside of those whose return is deemed too complicated – is eligible for assistance.

The benefit is twofold: It’s a tangible way the university can provide a service to the community, and it gives accounting students valuable experience in working with the public and fine-tuning their accounting skills. The program also allows for students to bond with professors, as faculty members annually join the effort. Volunteers offered their services to staff four six-hour shifts spanning two Fridays and two Saturdays.

Student Experiences

Mark Nathlich “I would say that the professors here have had the biggest impact on me in my four years. They were not only some of the best teachers I’ve had in my life, but they were some of the best people I have ever met. They incorporated their faith into their teachings, and were more focused on us becoming an asset to society by being ethical and authentic people rather than the smartest people.”

- Mark Nathlich
Staff Auditor, Armanino, LLP

Christine Wang “George Fox has nourished me in my professionalism. With the help of my professors and classmates, I have developed skills such as time management, multitasking, research, critical thinking and networking. I am excited to see how I can refine these skills, develop new skills, and use my gifts to fulfill God’s calling.”

- Christine Wang
CPA, Senior Associate, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Michael Chaney “My accounting professor pushed me to be the best I could be in the classroom, but more importantly be the best man I could be out of the classroom. Never have I had a professor who brings faith into the classroom as well as he did, and the way he helped us think about what we believe was parallel to none.”

- Michael Chaney
Staff Auditor, Moss Adams, LLP

Points of Distinction

High job placement rate

Our job placement rate averages 95 percent for graduates. Most offers are received before students start their final year. Graduates include many first-generation students, those who are ethnically diverse, and female students.

Internships

Most internships occur between junior and senior year, usually leading to full-time offers.

Active recruiting

Eight CPA firms (international, regional and local) actively recruit our students for internships and jobs. Partners, hiring managers and staff are consistently on campus interacting with students via mock interviews, classroom enrichment, and service projects.

Collaboration

Students annually collaborate with local law enforcement and forensic accountants to work on white-collar crime cases in the Justice for Fraud Victims class.

Tax assistance program

In the active Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, students provide free tax services to low-income and elderly citizens in the community. On average, students serve more than 150 individuals and families.

Leading-edge curriculum

The current curriculum includes case-based work utilizing advanced Excel techniques, Python programming language, and Tableau. In addition to standard accounting topics, students are trained in basic skills of data preparation, analysis and visualization. These skills are highly prized by public accounting firm.

The Be Known promise

Students regularly interact with professors, current students and alumni at annual barbecues, TopGolf events, family dinners, and spiritual mentoring.

Post-graduation support

Students engage in frequent and regular interaction with alumni at board activities, ambassador activities, tailgate parties, meals, recruiting activities, and even fantasy football leagues. We are a family.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Global Management Challenge

Each year, our business majors have the opportunity to compete in this team competition that uses management simulations to test students' corporate decision-making skills.

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you’ll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier national university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.