Accounting Program Details

What you can expect when you major in accounting at JBU.

What Is Accounting?

If you think accountants spend their days tediously bookkeeping and balancing accounts, you have a very wrong perception of what it means to be an accountant. We don’t blame you. The media oftentimes portrays accountants as cubical-bound, antisocial math whizzes with quiet dispositions. We would like to challenge your perception of what accounting really is.

Accounting is the language of business. An accountant helps an organization to understand its financial standing and advises the organization on how to fulfill its financial goals. Accountants know the rules that govern business, and they communicate complex issues to people within an organization. They design and implement computer software that runs businesses and train others to use these programs effectively. Accountants are essential to the success of an organization. 

Why Major in Accounting?

It’s marketable. Every organization requires the services of an accountant.  According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, a need for accountants is projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.

It’s meaningful. Accountants make it possible for an organization, whether government, profit, or non-profit, to fulfill its mission and vision. They are essential to keeping organizations ethical and accountable.

It pays well. The median annual pay for an accountant is around $67,000, and more experienced accountants can make around $119,000 or more. There are numerous opportunities for advancement; an accountant can be anything from a senior auditor to a chief financial officer.   

Is Accounting for Me?

In order to love accounting, a person must have a passion for numbers and be detail-oriented. A high degree of integrity is needed as accountants help keep an organization ethically and legally accountable when it comes to their financial dealings. Here are a few skills and attributes that will benefit you as an accountant:

  • A sharp, analytical mind
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to work independently
  • Computer literacy
  • Math competency 

Why Study Accounting at JBU?

Experienced faculty. JBU’s accounting professors have years of real-world experience in public, private, and governmental entities. They know their stuff, and they are passionate about helping you succeed.

Real-life application. It is not uncommon to find yourself creating financial statements for a start-up company in Chile, or helping under-educated business professionals all over the world learn how to successfully run their companies. Being able to directly apply classroom concepts to hands-on projects allows students to see the power of their education.

Employment opportunities. Our alumni are successful. It is not uncommon for our students to get multiple offers from the “big four” accounting firms (E&Y, Price Waterhouse Cooper, and Deloitte).

Christ-centered education. We believe business is more than profits. We will teach you how to use your skills in a way that’s honoring to God and we will share valuable insights on how to look at teammates and bosses in a different manner. You will be prepared for secular attacks on Christian employees as well as how to respond in a way that reflects Christ’s redeeming love.

Service projects. Accounting majors have a chance to serve others in the community. For example, students may participate in consulting projects that offer free accounting services to local companies, such as analyzing ways to increase company efficiency and drive down costs.

Opportunities to change communities. You will have the chance to change communities for the better through Enactus JBU. You will create innovative and sustainable solutions to pressing social issues, making a difference in the lives of those who need it most.