Weatherhead’s accounting program is among the finest in the country. Accounting majors enjoy close contact with our outstanding faculty. They are recruited heavily by Big Four accounting firms, local and regional firms, financial institutions, consulting firms, and various Fortune 500 companies.
World-Renowned Faculty in Accounting
Students in the undergraduate accounting program work with faculty members recognized all around the globe for their contributions to the field, including:
- Karen Braun, the lead author of a managerial accounting textbook used at over 200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada
- Dennis Conrad, who holds several patents related to the configuration of packaged information systems and whose 30+ year career prior to teaching at Weatherhead was spent helping clients make the most of their investments in Accounting Information Systems at IBM/PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Gregory Jonas, who has over twenty years of industry experience in roles ranging from cost accountant to CEO
- Mark Taylor, recipient of the 2015 Business Information Professional of the Year Award
- Gary Previts, who was recently recognized by the American Institute of CPAs as one of 125 People of Impact in Accounting and is a member of the Accounting Hall of Fame
Our faculty are known for and recognized as excellent instructors at Weatherhead and CWRU. Awards received by the faculty in the department include:
- Distinguished University Professor
- Outstanding Educator Award
- Research Recognition Award
- Joseph A. Silvoso Faculty Award of Merit
- Excellence in Teaching Award, Weatherhead School of Management
- Weatherhead Undergraduate Teaching Award
- Weatherhead Graduate Teaching Excellence Award
- Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Nominee, CWRU
…and others. Read more about the faculty in the accounting program.
What will I learn as a BS in Accounting student?
The bachelor's degree in accounting is designed to enhance critical thinking, quantitative analysis, and decision making. As part of the sequence of courses leading to the BS in Accounting, students take required and elective courses in related fields of banking and finance, economics, marketing, organizational behavior and operations.
(See the general bulletin for specific course requirements)
BS in Accounting
The accounting curriculum prepares students for entrance into their careers while also providing a foundation for the examination to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or to achieve other professional certifications. As an accounting major, you will add to the core foundation provided by a Weatherhead bachelor's degree the necessary knowledge to be prepared for careers in public accounting, corporate accounting, consulting, and other fields.
Perhaps the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) summarized it best in its newly issued pamphlet: "Accounting: The One Degree with 360 Degrees of Possibilities": "…there's one degree that gives you the education to succeed at just about anything in the business world. It's an accounting degree. Accounting opens doors in every kind of business coast to coast…In fact, no matter what you decide to do, having an accounting background can open doors wide."
BS/MAcc Integrated Program
As a student in the BS/MAcc Integrated Study program, you can obtain a BS degree and a MAcc degree in as little as four years.
Each year, a select number of exceptionally well-qualified high school seniors who plan to pursue careers in accountancy are offered places in the Pre-Professional Scholars Program in Accountancy, although all accounting majors may apply to the integrated program once they have begun their studies at Case Western Reserve.
Learn more about this exciting degree option.
Whether your planned career path places you in a corporate, non-profit, or small business setting, knowledge of accounting is extremely valuable in enhancing your personal skill set. At just 15 credit hours, you can easily add an accounting minor to your current undergraduate plan.
Introductory Accounting Courses
Two introductory accounting courses are available to help you satisfy degree or minor requirements. For non-business students interested in exploring the world of accounting, there is a survey course that combines the two introductory accounting courses.
See comprehensive information about Weatherhead’s BS in Accounting in the General Bulletin.
Beta Alpha Psi
Case Western Reserve is home to a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, a national honor organization for accounting, finance and information systems students and professionals. This is an organization that helps students socialize, meet local employers who are looking for accounting graduates to hire, learn the latest trends in the accounting profession and develop lifelong friendships with fellow students and faculty. The accountancy department works closely with student leaders of the chapter to honor outstanding students in accountancy as well as an alumnus of the year at an annual banquet each spring.