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Students at Caterpillar in Peoria

Students visit Caterpillar in Peoria, IL

Excellence in Accounting and Finance!

Department faculty

The accountancy faculty is committed to excellence in teaching. They hold doctoral degrees from major universities, including, Alabama, Florida, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, Saint Louis and South Florida. Almost all faculty are professionally certified and engaged in research, service, and professional interactions.

The faculty understands the challenges and tremendous opportunities that today's professional accountants face. They strive to ensure the students develop not only technical accounting skills but also the communication, computer, research, and analytical skills needed for career success. Working with advanced computer software, solving real-world business cases, writing reports and papers, and developing individual and team projects and presentations are all important elements of the program.

Professional and Personal Growth

The department provides students with numerous opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and collegiate competition, and assists them with career planning and placement. Our student organization sponsor numerous professional and social activities. In addition to the Beta Alpha Psi chapter at each campus, the Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (SCIMA) in Macomb and the Society of Accountancy in the Quad Cities are actively involved in developing not only students' professional skills but also in encouraging a commitment to community service. The QC student organizations provide free income tax assistance to qualified QC residents each year. The Zeta Beta chapter has been recognized as a "Superior Chapter" by the national Beta Alpha Psi organization for each of the last 21 years. In 2009, the SCIMA chapter earned the National Student Chapter IMA Gold Award of Excellence for the sixth straight year.

Accounting for a Successful Career

A degree in Accountancy from Western not only prepares the students for a first job, it also provides the individual with the ability to advance in a variety of career directions. Alumni have careers as consultants, managerial accountants, auditors, tax specialists, financial planners, forensic accountants, controllers, financial analysts, and chief financial officers. Employers of our graduates include McGladrey & Pullen, Deloitte, Caterpillar, Accenture, KPMG, Deere & Company, BDO Seidman, ADM, State Farm, Growmark, the FBI, the IRS, Ernst & Young, and others.

Special Opportunities

Successful Western alumni and other practitioners often visit campus to discuss their own experiences and available career opportunities. Internships with a wide variety of businesses, accounting firms, and nonprofit organizations are available to interested students. Through the on-campus career fairs, students learn about the diverse job and internship opportunities open to Accountancy majors.

Study Abroad

International travel and study, programs are available to those who would like to acquire valuable cross-cultural experience and/or language skills. Students can go abroad for a semester or participate in short-term programs ranging from two to six weeks. These experiences will make the individual more valuable to employers-a definite benefit in career advancement.