The accounting major prepares students for professional careers and graduate studies in business and offers a Bachelor of Arts degree, Bachelor of Science degree, and a minor in accounting. The degree program in accounting provides students a foundation with course applications that emphasize critical thinking, effective communication, ethical behavior, and social responsibility. The course offerings allow students to acquire a broad base of knowledge in areas of financial accounting, management accounting, taxation, auditing, and ethics, and help prepare them for professional certification examinations such as the CPA. Most students are placed in accounting firms and financial institutions for paid internships.
Kentucky Wesleyan College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Lenexa, Kansas, USA.
Why study Accounting at KWC?
In 2014 Kentucky Wesleyan students had the highest average score on the CPA exam in Kentucky (84%) and the third highest pass rate (76.5%). We integrate real-life experiences into our classroom instruction, and we review for the CPA exam as a part of course work. Our students also know we are always available and will do anything to help them.
Extracurricular activities available
Phi Beta Lamba (PBL) – This is a club for students interested in Business and/or Accounting. For students familiar with Future Business Leaders of American (FBLA) in high school, this club is basically the college version of that. Many of our Accounting majors participate in this club and several have held officer positions.
Several of our students do paid internships. Many students find jobs after they graduate while others go to graduate school. Many of our students join CPA firms, but there are many other jobs that are available as well.
Kentucky Wesleyan College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Bachelor of Science in Accounting
Public Disclosure of Assessment Results
(June 2, 2015) – Kentucky Wesleyan College is pleased to announce that the college’s accounting students who sat for the certified public accountant exam in 2014 outscored every other college in the state with an average score of 84 percent. In addition to the No. 1 ranking, Kentucky Wesleyan students were third in the state for pass rate at 76.5 percent, with a higher pass rate than any state university in Kentucky.
“Kentucky Wesleyan has an incredible track record of producing business leaders including, but certainly not limited to, accountants. So, while we are very pleased about our graduates’ scores on the CPA exam, they are certainly consistent with our expectations,” President Barton D. Darrell remarked. “The results reinforce why Wesleyan is such a great place for business and accounting career preparation. Not only do we provide an education that includes interpersonal and critical thinking skills, but we also provide the business and accounting skills that allow our graduates to excel at the highest professional levels.”
“We are thrilled and very proud of our students,” responded Associate Professor of Accounting Raju Chenna. “We integrate real-life experiences into classroom instruction, and we make textbooks come alive. We also have valuable partnerships with local accounting firms that provide internships to our students, and these firms share in our students’ successes.”
Assistant Professor of Accounting Agnes Church said, “Our classroom standards are very high, and we do a lot of review for the CPA exam as a part of course work. Our students also know we are always available and will do anything to help them. That is one of the values of a small college.”
Heath Williams, a 2014 Wesleyan graduate and now a CPA with BKD, LLP in Bowling Green, was one of the Kentucky Wesleyan students who took the exam last year. ““I wasn’t really surprised at how well Wesleyan students did because we were fully prepared and motivated. The accounting and business professors are outstanding, and I was fortunate to have two internships with Becky Whitehead at Ebelhar Whitehead, PLLC in Owensboro during two tax seasons. The small class sizes at the college were crucial to our success, especially in the upper level classes. We got all the attention we needed from our professors and had the opportunity to discuss issues and questions. That would not have happened in a large university.”
Adam Hancock, a 2005 Wesleyan graduate, is a CPA and a Certified Valuation Analyst and Certified Fraud Examiner with Riney Hancock CPAs PSC. He said of the announcement, “This is amazing, but not surprising, and speaks to the strength of the Wesleyan accounting program and to the quality of students the college attracts. The exam is extremely difficult, and I offer my congratulations.”
CPA Rebecca Whitehead of Elbelhar Whitehead PLLC and a 1983 Wesleyan graduate, said, “I am very proud of my alma mater’s ability to prepare students for the public accounting profession. Wesleyan students we have employed as interns are very well prepared. They speak very highly of their professors; not only of their teaching abilities but of their care for each student as an individual. They go the extra mile for their students and it shows.”
Sara Fleischmann, a May 2015 graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan, will take the first section of the CPA exam on July 1 and begin employment at Riney Hancock on August 1. “I was studying for the exam when I got the news that Wesleyan students outperformed any other college or university in the state last year. Wow! I know the exam is very difficult, but a great deal of our classwork was focused on exam preparation. I am confident and feel prepared, and I am very grateful for my professors and their personal attention. The one-on-one interaction was a huge factor.”