Associate Professor Maus
The accounting major prepares students for a variety of careers in business, both in and out of the accounting field. Accounting students learn to understand, analyze, report, and interpret accounting information as a decision-making tool in various organization structures. Students must exhibit effective communication and interpersonal skills in a variety of business contexts. The accounting major also prepares students for further study at the graduate level.
Some accounting students may consider taking a certification examination (e.g., CMA [Certified Management Accountant] or CPA [Certified Public Accountant]); however, accountants can have successful careers without a certificate. Students qualify to take the CMA exam upon completion of the accounting major. Students considering the CPA exam need to meet additional state-mandated requirements, in addition to completion of the accounting major, in order to write the exam. Academic advisers at Doane work closely with students who are considering certification options.
Internship Credits: Students majoring in Accounting who are on the 150-hour track are required to earn a minimum of 1 credit hour for internship experience. However, many Accounting majors complete more than one internship during their four years at Doane. Because internships are a valued part of the Accounting degree and help meet the 150-hour requirement to sit for the Uniform CPA Exam, Accounting majors on the 150-hour track are allowed to apply up to six hours of Summer internship credit to the following Fall semester (rather than the three credit hours usually allowed).