School of Business

Accounting

A degree that is so much more than spreadsheets and calculators

Accounting is the language and foundation of everyday business.

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ACCOUNTING OFFERS LIMITLESS CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Your career possibilities are endless as every aspect of society needs accountants. There is employment in forensic accounting/auditing for financial law enforcement, in a range of federal and state agencies, in major corporations and in smaller businesses. You can use your accounting skills as an entrepreneur or for other entrepreneurs.

EXPERIENCED ACCOUNTANTS LEADING NEXT GENERATION OF ACCOUNTANTS

Our experienced faculty bring to the classroom robust academic credentials and real working experience. Students learn directly from faculty who work with clients and involve students in actual case studies.

 

Alumni Spotlight: Kirsten Berg

PERSONALIZED ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIPS

Internships play an imperative roll in the learning experience. At Finlandia, our small class sizes help teachers and students connect, communicate and plan their interests in a professional internship. Teachers place a focus on experiential learning tailored to the students’ career goals.

I really enjoyed the accounting program. Laura Sieders was such an amazing professor and she really took an interest in our work and our lives. I am fortunate that I will be leaving with such a wide knowledge of the field and hope to build on what I have learned later on.

Nicholas Tobey ('20)

Throughout all of my courses, Professor Laura (Sieders) shared realistic examples from her own experiences. She shared real world problems that had to be analyzed and solved based on what we learned in class. In college you read textbooks and do all kinds of assignments, but there is often no concrete experience or realistic problems presented for you to figure out.  That wasn’t the case. In a small university like Finlandia you get to have more time with a professor.

Terrance Fuller ('19)

FINLANDIA FRIDAYS FEATURE: TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

At Finlandia University, accounting students are encouraged to test their knowledge of accounting principles while also explore the surrounding Keweenaw Peninsula.

In the classroom, students will gain an interdisciplinary understanding of accounting theory and concepts. They will develop an understanding of the ethical and social impacts of accounting.

Outside the classroom, recreational opportunities in the area are tremendous. Students have the chance to bike, hike, swim, fish and visit some of the most beautiful locations in Michigan.

Accounting in the News

Alumni Spotlight: Terrance Fuller (’19) Talks Career Success at Acrisure

September 29, 2020

Terrance Fuller is a 2019 graduate in accounting who currently works as a Senior Accountant for Acrisure , a Grand Rapids-based insurance brokerage firm that is the fastest growing in its industry. Fuller was recently interviewed by senior accounting major Ethan St. Germain.  Fuller shared some thoughts on the accounting program and he also gave advice for our current students.

St. Germain:  Where are you currently working and what is your position?

Fuller:  I’m living in Grand […] Read More

Student Rep 2020
Nicholas Tobey Elected as 2020 Student Representative

April 27, 2020

The 2020 Finlandia University graduating class will have a celebration unlike any other. Although the May 21st commencement ceremony will not be in person like previous years, but a virtual ceremony instead, the graduating class will still hear from their student representative, Nicholas Tobey. Tobey has been a successful student and leader in and out of the classroom.

“It is truly an honor that I was selected as the student representative for the 2020 class,” said Tobey. […] Read More

Students Encouraged To Grow Entrepreneurial Skills with the SmartZone SmartStart Program

March 27, 2020

 

Students at Finlandia University with a business idea are highly encouraged to apply for the free MTEC SmartStart SmartZone program to develop essential entrepreneurial skills. The SmartZone’s approach is designed to educate and guide entrepreneurs through the process of validating and growing their idea. Upon completion of the program, students will have a more in-depth understanding of what it takes to create a manage a sustainable business.

“For Finlandia students or students in general, this program does a great job of […] Read More

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting degree program, International School of Business graduates will be able to do the following:

  1. Students will demonstrate appropriate mastery of knowledge in the major disciplines of Accounting: financial accounting, cost accounting, federal income taxation, and auditing.
  2. Students will be able to evaluate economic situations for accounting relevance, and formulate appropriate solutions or conclusions.
  3. Students can effectively communicate accounting information at a level appropriate to the financial acumen of the audience.
  4. Students cab recognize and formulate appropriate responses to ethical situations in both a professional and accounting settings.

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Faculty and Staff

Eli Karttunen

Adjunct Instructor of Accounting

eli.karttunen@finlandia.edu

Kevin Manninen

Dean, International School of Business Associate Professor of Management & Marketing

kevin.manninen@finlandia.edu

Laura Sieders

Instructor of Accounting

laura.sieders@finlandia.edu
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