Accounting Major

Part of the Economics and Business department.

  • It’s an excellent choice for students desiring any kind of accounting-related career.
  • It prepares students for graduate studies and careers in public accounting (CPA exam route) or “private” accounting with firms or nonprofit organizations.
  • It is a good foundation for long-term careers in management and finance.

Coursework in the major focuses on the design and use of financial data systems that allow informed economic decisions in all kinds of managerial, auditing, and regulatory tasks. At Gordon, the major stresses

  • The development of an understanding of generally accepted accounting principles.
  • The link between fundamental economic principles and the development of financial data systems.
  • What it means to serve the Kingdom of God with accounting and as a Christian in accounting.

The Gordon major provides all of the accounting credits necessary to sit for the CPA (Certified Public Accountant) examination. The CPA exam requires the completion of 150 credits in total (including accounting credits). Accounting majors often do internships in junior or senior year. Internships help clarify career aims and help focus subsequent course selections—and some even lead to job offers.


It takes 58 credits in the ECB Department to complete an accounting major. The major and Gordon’s core curriculum fit easily into a 4-year undergraduate program.

Required foundational courses
ECB101 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB102 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECB211 Statistics in Business and Economics
ECB311 Intermediate Microeconomics
One of the following courses or equivalent validation:
  MAT134 Survey of Calculus
  MAT141 Calculus I
Accounting core
ECB117, 118 Principles of Accounting I, II
ECB247 Financial Management
ECB320 Business Law
ECB352, 353 Intermediate Accounting I, II
ECB364 Federal Income Taxation
ECB443 Auditing
ECB492 Senior Seminar: Management, Strategy and Ethics
One of the following courses:
  ECB361 Forensic Accounting
  ECB362 Cost Accounting
Double majors in accounting and business administration will not be allowed to use the following accounting courses as electives for their business administration major: ECB 352, 353, 362, 364, 443. Students must continuously maintain a 2.0 GPA within the major.

Accounting Major 150 Credit Hours for CPA Exam Preparation Schedule

See worksheet for possible sequence of major

Requirements for the Minor in Accounting

For some students this is a good pairing with majors in business, economics or finance or of course with majors in other departments. It requires 24 credits total: 

ECB201 Principles of Microeconomics
ECB217, 218 Principles of Accounting I, II
ECB352, 353 Intermediate Accounting I, II
Four credits of electives from the following:
ECB361 Forensic Accounting
ECB362 Cost Accounting
ECB364 Federal Income Taxation
ECB443 Auditing