A major and a minor in accounting are available.

Major in accounting

50-65 credit hours

  • Acc 201, Principles of Financial Accounting 3
  • Acc 202, Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
  • Acc 210, Accounting Information Systems 3
  • Acc 302-303, Intermediate Accounting 6
  • Acc 304, Individual Income Taxation 3
  • Acc 405, Auditing 3
  • Acc 434, Business Income Taxation 3
  • Bus 124, Adventures in Business 1
  • Bus 220, Spreadsheet Skills 3
  • Bus 301, Analyzing Profitability 3
  • Bus 307, Career Planning 1
  • Bus 310, Business Law 3
  • Bus 380, Business Analytics 3
  • One of the following internships: 3-12
    • Acc 408, Applied Accounting (1-12)
    • Acc 409, Accounting Internship (1-12)
    • Bus 409, Business Internship (1-12)
  • Bus 410, Business Capstone 3
  • Econ 203, Principles of Microeconomics 3
  • Econ 204, Principles of Macroeconomics 3
  • Mathematics requirements 0-6
    • For SAT Math scores below 520 (new SAT) or 480 (old SAT) or ACT Math scores below 20: enroll in Math 105, then either Math 115 or Math 141
    • For SAT Math scores of 520-560 (new SAT) or 480-540 (old SAT) or ACT Math scores of 20-23: enroll in Math 115 or Math 141
    • For SAT Math scores 570+ (new SAT) or above 540 (old SAT) or ACT Math scores above 23, no additional math requirement

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in accounting will:

  1. Identify and articulate how personal values and ethical considerations inform and impact business decisions.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles, goals, key concepts, methods, and tools utilized in specific business functions as well as the relationships between the various functions in a business.
  3. Intentionally prepare for an accounting career.
  4. Acquire skills needed to influence, inspire, and motivate individuals and groups to achieve results.
  5. Identify opportunities, analyze information, and apply frameworks for effective problem-solving and decision-making.
  6. Demonstrate effectiveness in writing and speaking in a variety of business contexts.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to work productively with individuals in a diversity of roles and with varying interests in the outcome.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Mathematics requirement
Adventures in Business
Principles of Financial Accounting
Spreadsheet Skills
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Accounting Information Systems
Second year Goshen Core
Intermediate Accounting
Business Analytics
Career Planning
Individual Income Taxation
SST (spring or summer, or summer after 3rd year)
Third year Goshen Core
Principles of Managerial Accounting
Analyzing Profitability
Business Law
Internship (or year four)
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Business Income Taxation
Business Capstone

Planning and advising notes

Students may not earn a double major in accounting, business, and/or marketing, but major/minor combinations are allowed.

SST should be completed in the first two years or summer of the third year. Additional math courses are encouraged for students anticipating graduate school.

In most states, 150 credit hours of undergraduate or graduate education is required before individuals can take the Uniform CPA Examination and/or be licensed as CPAs. Each state has unique licensing requirements, and students should work with their academic advisor to plan a course of study to meet the licensing requirements of a particular state.

A Masters in Business Administration program is offered online. More information about the program can be found at and also in the Goshen College academic catalog for graduate programs.

Minimum academic requirement for majors and minors

All accounting majors and minors must earn a grade of C- or higher in all courses required for their major or minor. Failure to attain this level of achievement requires the student to either repeat the course (for specific requirements) or take an additional course (an option for elective courses) and achieve a grade of C- or higher.

Minor in accounting

18 credit hours

  • Acc 201, Principles of Financial Accounting 3
  • Acc 202, Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
  • Acc 210, Accounting Information Systems 3
  • Bus 301, Analyzing Profitability 3
  • Bus 317, Financial Management 3
  • Econ 203, Principles of Microeconomics 3

Note to business majors: Students must take ACC 210, BUS 301, and BUS 304 to complete an accounting minor.