Accounting Degree Programs

Accounting and public accounting curriculum at Hope prepare students for work in a variety of business settings. 

Accounting students have two options for degree programs.  

The accounting major requires 126 credit hours to graduate and prepares students for careers in private industry, governmental accounting, and banking and finance.  

The public accounting major requires 150 credit hours to graduate, but with careful planning, students can complete the professional certified public accounting major in just four years. The pass rate on the CPA exam following graduation for Hope graduates is consistently one of the highest among Michigan colleges.  

Students who wish to major in either program should contact a member of the accounting staff early in their studies as the programs require a special sequence of courses.

Course Planning for Accounting

The following courses are required by the end of sophomore year:

  • ECON 211 - Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212 - Microeconomics
  • ACCT 221 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 222 - Managerial Accounting
  • MGMT 222 - Management Perspectives & Theory
  • MATH 210 - Statistics

Course Planning for remaining classes is shown below:

  FALL SPRING
SOPHOMORE  
  • ACCT 333
    Accounting Information Systems (sophomore or junior year)
JUNIOR
  •  ACCT 321
    Intermediate Acct. I
  • ACCT 375
    Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 371 Financial Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
  • ACCT 322 
    Intermediate Acct. II
  • ACCT 333 
    Accounting Information Systems (sophomore or junior year)
  • MGMT 371 Financial Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
SENIOR
  • MGMT 341
    Business Law (either sem.)
  • ACCT 427* 
    Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT 425* 
    Individual Tax
  • ACCT 428* Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • MGMT 341 
    Business Law (either sem.)
  • ACCT 426* 
    Corporate Tax and Research
  • ACCT 423*
    Auditing
 *Three of these five accounting classes are required.

NOTE:  These three classes are REQUIRED Non-Business Courses

  • MATH 210 Statistics
  • CSCI 140  Business Computing
Course Planning for Public Accounting

The following courses are required by the end of sophomore year:

  • ECON 211 - Macroeconomics
  • ECON 212 - Microeconomics
  • ACCT 221 - Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 222 - Managerial Accounting
  • MGMT 222 - Management Perspectives & Theory
  • MATH 210 - Statistics

Course Planning for remaining classes is shown below:

  FALL SPRING
SOPHOMORE  
  • ACCT 333
    Accounting Information Systems (sophomore or junior year)
JUNIOR
  •  ACCT 321
    Intermediate Acct. I
  • ACCT 375
    Cost Accounting
  • MGMT 331 Marketing Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
  • MGMT 371 Financial Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
  • ACCT 322 
    Intermediate Acct. II
  • ACCT 333 
    Accounting Information Systems (sophomore or junior year)
  • MGMT 331 Marketing Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
  • MGMT 371 Financial Management (junior or senior year, either semester)
SENIOR
  • MGMT 341
    Business Law (either sem.)
  • ACCT 427
    Advanced Accounting
  • ACCT 425
    Individual Tax
  • ACCT 428 Government & Not-for-Profit Accounting
  • MGMT 341 
    Business Law (either sem.)
  • ACCT 426
    Corporate Tax and Research
  • ACCT 423
    Auditing

NOTE:  These three classes are REQUIRED Non-Business Courses

  • MATH 210 Statistics
  • COMM 140 Public Presentations
  • CSCI 140  Business Computing
 REQUIRED BY THE STATE OF MICHIGAN TO SIT FOR THE FOUR-PART CPA EXAM
  • 69 credit hours of management, economics, accounting and statistics. The Hope College public accounting track includes 71 credit hours of these courses.
  • See your advisor if you plan to take the exam in another state.