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What types of classes will I be taking if I want want to major in accounting?

I am a high school student and have taken accounting classes at my school and I am thinking about continuing my education after high school to major in accounting. finance marketing economics bookkeeping

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Molly’s Answer

The typical required classes are the following:
- Basic financial accounting – learning the basics of accounting principles through learning about the different financial statements and which accounts are debits vs. credits
- Advanced financial accounting – generally this discusses more advanced topics and may focus on CPA preparation
- Managerial accounting (cost accounting) – this deals with how company account for their inventory costs. This is different than typical accounting as it this is generally used just for internal reporting
- Auditing – this deals with assessment of fraud risks within companies as well as internal control policies and procedures
- Financial Statement Analysis – these classes teach students how to read financial statements in order to make investment decisions. You would learn about key financial ratios that can be calculated using the financial statements. These ratios assist with learning about the health of the company
- Federal Taxation – in tax classes you learn about major sections of the tax code and how these apply to companies or to individuals. In my experience, this is generally taught through case studies of large corporations.


Thank you so much for your response! Kellie A.

In most programs you will have possibly 3 tax classes - federal, personal and estate. They are all interesting since the tax code is constantly changing. Eric Wiggins

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Michael’s Answer

Hi Kellie. As you're looking at schools, in addition to the core accounting classes, do look at the entire curriculum. My experience has been you also will be taking broader business classes like marketing, finance, and business law in addition to writing, math and economics. Those other classes will help round out your education no matter if you take a more public or private accounting route. That base will help make you more marketable and give you experiences that may help you decide what direction you want to take after school. Good luck!
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Emily’s Answer

There are tons of interesting classes to take as an accounting major! It is important to know the basics, so you would most likely take introductory financial accounting and managerial accounting classes. From there, you can pick the classes that interest you the most - tax, nonprofit accounting, government accounting, IT accounting, etc. As noted in the other response, to get the CPA credential there are certain classes you are required to take. It would be good to look up what your state requires and make sure you have everything you need.
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Allan’s Answer

The field of Accounting is todays language of business.
Accounting degree can and will be used in any business that you are involved in. So in my case I owned 3 Optical businesses and used my Accounting Degree everyday. Even today as a Store Leader for Warby Parker I use my Accounting skills to motivate my teammates. Being a number and data person I picked a field that the numbers tell a story. So you do not have to become an Accountant to earn your degree in Accountancy.

Some of the classes that you will be taking are, Economics,Mathematics,Business,Finance, Business Marketing and Management, International Business and of course the necessary Accounting classes.
Each Accounting program might be different but this is what a typical program includes.
Accounting classes include,
Intro to Accounting.
Financial Accounting .
Managerial Accounting.
Intermediate Accounting I and II.
Tax.
Auditing
Advance Accounting

I wish you the best. In my case I loved the Accounting program that I went through and knew that I chose the right major.
Enjoy everything you do and you will surprise yourself on the accomplishments you could achieve!



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Justin’s Answer

If you want to be an accountant you will be taking a lot of accounting courses like tax, audit, and managerial accounting. You will also take other business courses like marketing and finance. Goodluck!
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