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Bachelor of Science in Business, Accounting Concentration

Accounting: Beyond the Numbers

Accountants play an integral role in society. More than just a “desk job,” accounting is an opportunity to bring efficiency, profitability, and information to businesses, ministries, or individuals. Accountants are often responsible for tracking sensitive information and must be diligent and thorough. Those who have unshakeable ethics and a firm grasp of accounting principles are always in demand.

The accounting concentration at Pensacola Christian College will not only equip you in modern accounting procedures and techniques but will prepare you to influence those around you with your integrity and biblical view of finance. You will find yourself implementing what you’ve learned every day and becoming an industry leader.

Your accounting classes will create a solid foundation in topics like accounts receivable, inventories, accounting programs, cash flow, and more while giving you a biblical perspective. By choosing accounting electives, you’ll have the flexibility to forge your unique career path. You’ll graduate ready for a successful and fulfilling profession.

Faith-Based Accounting

The PCC accounting concentration will prepare you to influence those around you with your strong work ethic and business integrity. And you’ll be ready to make a noticeable difference in your workplace—whether you work for a ministry, small business, or large corporation.

Accounting class

Accounting Concentration Learning Outcomes

As an accounting concentration graduate, you will be able to

  • make ethical and moral choices based on a biblical worldview,
  • communicate effectively in written and oral presentations,
  • use current technology and computer applications effectively in your chosen profession,
  • relate knowledge to practical experiences,
  • be prepared to pursue advanced study in your chosen field,
  • use financial management concepts and methods to determine viable resolutions for executive decision making, and
  • apply research from current accounting literature and standards to properly format and present external or internal financial reports and regulatory filings.

Program Highlight

Accounting Information Systems

In AC 410, you’ll learn the function, design, and use of computer-based accounting information systems. Gain essential accounting software training while learning skills like mitigating financial risk and documenting regional database designs. Major projects for this class will allow you to demonstrate a thorough knowledge of current bookkeeping tables, forms, queries, and reports. You’ll receive practical, hands-on practice using modern accounting software.

Your Accounting Future

What can you do with an accounting concentration?

PCC’s accounting concentration will offer you a wide range of accounting classes to provide a solid foundation in procedure and theory. You could prepare to pass the Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination, pursue an M.B.A., a M.Acc. (Master of Accountancy), or enter the accounting field immediately. Whatever you choose, you’ll have the confidence and training to succeed.

Here are a few of the countless career opportunities available to you.

  • Auditor
  • Bookkeeper
  • Budget Analyst
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • Financial Advisor
  • Private Accountant

Here are a few of the grad schools our accounting alumni have attended.

  • College of William and Mary
  • Davenport University
  • Liberty University
  • The Ohio
    State University
  • University of North America
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of West Florida
  • Vanderbilt University

Here are a few of the many places that our accounting alumni have worked.

  • Advantium Incorporated
  • Ernst & Young Global Limited
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
  • KPMG International Limited
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Rice University

Faculty Highlight

Ron Schmuck

Dr. Ron Schmuck, CPA

B.S., Bob Jones University
M.B.A., University of West Florida
Ph.D., Northcentral University

“The accounting program at PCC is a threshold for graduates to answer God’s calling to traditional accounting opportunities such as accounting services, taxation, and advisory services or many other vocations in finance, education, healthcare, Christian ministry, and government. Graduates have attained licensure and have excelled in their diverse callings as CPAs, CFOs, equity funds managers, investment analysts, and law enforcement. Excitedly, their lives validate the Psalmist’s desire ‘that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works’ (Psalm 107:8).

Our curriculum provides a comprehensive knowledge base and skill set that empowers graduates to advance in their careers rapidly and to adapt to changes in their work environment. For example, the rise of AI was initially viewed as a death knell to accounting’s conventional role of ‘bookkeeping.’ Although AI is replacing human interaction in capturing and cradling financial information, accountants still play a role in communicating corporate results for strategic planning. Our accounting students are encouraged to view AI as a source of ‘Assistant’s Information’ to be investigated and understood as they step into their new role of being strategic advisors. Organizations expect their hires to demonstrate honesty and diligence when performing their tasks, and our graduates have met those expectations. PCC accounting graduates are often reminded their actions reflect their Lord and need to be above reproach (1 Corinthians 10:31).”

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Alumni Spotlight

David Brown
David Brown, ’19

Audit Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers

“When I started my accounting degree, I was completely unaware of the career paths for an accountant or steps to take to put myself on the path to have a successful accounting career. Thankfully, the accounting faculty were very aware of what opportunities were available to me as a future accountant and, more importantly, what I needed to do to take advantage of those opportunities.

I greatly appreciate PCC because I was able to learn under some very smart, competent, and experienced teachers who were invested in my and my classmates’ success. They were able to instill in me a mindset of how I should approach my education and my career so that I could seek out and maximize opportunities that came my way.”

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About the Accounting Concentration

The purpose of the accounting concentration is to prepare students for placement and career advancement into positions of influence in commercial, public, not-for-profit, or governmental accounting; to establish a foundation for further education and professional certification or licensure; and to exhibit a Christian testimony in their personal and professional lives.

Recommended high school preparation for an accounting concentration is two units of algebra. Opportunities are available to make up this deficiency. In this case, time required to complete an accounting concentration could be expected to increase.

PCC has partnered with University of West Florida to provide special scholarship opportunities for students applying to UWF’s Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.) program. Out-of-state tuition fees will also be waived for qualifying students completing the degree online. General eligibility requirements include minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA.

Accounting students can apply for scholarships to receive financial aid.

Roger and Eloise Anderson Scholarship
Up to $3,000 scholarship awarded to a continuing sophomore with a business major, mechanical or pre-medicine concentration, or pre-law emphasis who has a financial need, to be applied in the 3rd, 5th, and 7th semesters of consecutive attendance.

Bank of America Scholarship
$500 scholarships each awarded to continuing sophomores, juniors, or seniors with a business major who have a financial need, to be applied over one semester.

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Business Career Support

With Career Services and Career Link, students can start making connections with employers while on campus during Career Fair events. These services provide tools and resources designed to empower you for your career in accounting.

Need help? Career Services staff are ready to assist you in researching employment opportunities, exploring job qualifications, and providing mock interviews and résumé support.