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College of Arts & Sciences

Accounting

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Jill Franklin

Department Assistant

Real-world approach to teaching.

About

Instead of learning by the textbook, students engage in hands-on work inside and outside the classroom, learning the fundamentals of business and accounting in order to apply what they learn to real-life situations.

Our curriculum focuses on rational approaches to business and problem solving and on awareness of business environments. We graduate career-ready business professionals, ready to excel in the competitive business world or to pursue a graduate degree.

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Award-Winning Faculty

Top-class faculty and an innovative curriculum are the hallmarks of Baker’s Business and Economics Department. The department is home to multiple winners of the prestigious Kopke Award for Distinguished Teaching.

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Exceptional Experience

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A Step Ahead

Many schools establish five-year accounting programs, but at Baker, by completing 16 hours per semester, four interterm courses, and 10 hours of internships and summer courses, you can earn your degree in four years.

Involved Students

Accounting majors are encouraged to participate in the BOOK program (Baker Organizational Observation for Knowledge) to enhance their internship experiences. Interns research the organization’s history, mission, structure, products and services, finances, and management.

Hands-on Learning

Practical experience is a core component of any degree, so accounting majors are required to complete one internship while at Baker. We have developed many ongoing relationships with businesses throughout the area that are eager to host Baker interns. A faculty advisor will help you get connected.

​4+1 Bachelor’s to MBA Dual Degree Program

Students who earn an undergraduate business degree from Baker’s School of Professional and Graduate Studies or College of Arts and Sciences in Baldwin City can earn their bachelor’s degree and MBA in five years. This program is open to current students and graduates.

Baker participants who meet program requirements will not be required to take the 9 hours of MBA foundation courses. 4+1 students will be required to complete the 9 hours of MBA core courses and the 12 hours of concentration courses. To complete the remaining 21 MBA credits within a year, 4+1 students must take one at least one course each term for seven terms.

Requirements

  1. Complete 60 Baker undergraduate credit hours toward an SPGS or CAS business baccalaureate degree.
  2. Satisfy the graduation requirements for the undergraduate program.
  3. Earn a Baker cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Earn a GPA of 3.0 or higher in Baker business baccalaureate core courses.
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Accounting Course Descriptions

Careers

Our accounting majors go on to land the following jobs:

  • Actuary
  • Economist
  • Licensed conveyancer
  • Accountant
  • Management consultant
  • Purchasing manager
  • Retail banker
  • Tax adviser
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Scholarships

The Department of Business and Economics gives these awards with financial prizes to be applied to the following year’s tuition:

  • Mildred Hunt Riddle Departmental Recognition Scholarship for Business and Economics
  • KPMG-Cecil Miller Scholarship
  • Carley M. Upp Memorial Scholarship
  • William G. McGowan Scholarship
  • Professor Fran Jabara Leadership Awards

Academic Recognition

  • Outstanding First-Year Business Major
  • Outstanding Sophomore Business Major
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Meet the Faculty

Kevin Conley, JD, CPAKevin Conley, JD, CPA
Assistant Professor of Business & Economics
B.A. University of Northern Iowa, J.D. University of Iowa College of Law
Expertise: business law, income taxes
Office: Mabee 207
785.594.8336
kevin.conley@bakerU.edu

Martha Harris, CPA, CMA, CFE
Professor of Business & Economics
B.S. Baker University, M.B.A. University of Kansas
Expertise: financial institutions, fraud examination
Office: Constant Hall
785.594.8338
martha.harris@bakerU.edu

Gary IrickGary Irick, CPA
Associate Professor
B.S. Baker University, M.M. Northwestern University
Expertise: financial reporting and auditing
Office: Mabee 309
785.594.8479
gary.irick@bakerU.edu

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