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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. You will learn directly from faculty who work with clients and involve students in you case studies.

 

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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)

If I had to select one opportunity that is helping me succeed, I would have to choose the opportunity to be a part of the BPA (Business Professionals of America) program. The reason I appreciate this program is because it offers the chance to make connections that will help with your career.

River Shumate ('22)

FINLANDIA FRIDAYS FEATURE: TAKING ACCOUNT OF THE ACCOUNTING PROGRAM

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

At Finlandia University, you’re encouraged to test your knowledge of accounting principles while also explore the surrounding Keweenaw Peninsula.

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

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

Accounting in the News

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Finlandia business students form investment laboratory

February 23, 2022

There’s a new investment club on the Finlandia campus. In the fall of 2021, a group of accounting students formed the Finlandia Multi-Variate Screening and Portfolio Construction Data Analytics Lab, or as it is more commonly known, the Finlandia Investment Lab (FIL).  According to founding member Anders Saarela, “While I was working in the [Finlandia] business office this summer as an accountant work study student, [accounting professor] Laura Sieders asked if I would be interested in forming an […] Read More

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Investment Lab offers new opportunities for FinnU students

February 18, 2022

Finlandia’s all-new investment lab is putting the call out for additional members. In this week’s episode, FinnU International School of Business senior Accounting students Anders Saarela and Michael Stuber join the show to talk about their experience in the new student organization.

“I believe it was October of last semester when it first got initiated. It’s for any Finlandia students and staff that are interested in attending,” Saarela said. “Whether you’re a nursing major, art major, business major, […] Read More

Exploring the International School of Business with Dean Kevin Manninen

September 24, 2021

Joining Finlandia Fridays this week is Kevin Manninen, dean and associate professor of management and marketing with the International School of Business at Finlandia University. Manninen shares insight into what it’s like being a business student at Finlandia and what advantages there are through small class sizes and experiential learning at the institution such as internship opportunities, international collaboration and hands-on project management experience. Manninen talks about what majors and minors are offered through the International School of Business […] 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 can recognize and formulate appropriate responses to ethical situations in both a professional and accounting settings.

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Kevin Manninen

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

kevin.manninen@finlandia.edu

Laura Sieders

Assistant Professor of Accounting

laura.sieders@finlandia.edu
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