Public AccountingBachelor of Arts

Why study Public Accounting at Gustavus?

The Public Accounting major is designed for students to directly enter the workforce in private companies, non-profits, and government offices. You will learn essential technical accounting skills from a faculty of Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) with decades of top industry experience. Most Public Accounting students complete paid internships while still in college, many with top 20 public accounting firms.

Course Examples

Every year, Gustavus faculty teach more than 1,800 courses - you'll be able to choose what interests you. Maybe one of these courses from Business and Economics will be on your class schedule.

  • E/M-384International Trade and Finance
  • E/M-240Cost Account
  • E/M-261Organizational Behavior and Management
  • E/M-340Federal Taxation
Jenna Wyum ’23, Public Accounting Major

There are so many opportunities that the Business and Economics Department offers students to grow in their careers, and I am thankful for all of the guidance I’ve received and the relationships I’ve formed that I know I can rely on as I begin my future career.

Jenna Wyum ’23, Public Accounting Major

What can I do with a degree in Public Accounting?

The Public Accounting major is adaptable - and valuable - leading to many different fields and fulfilling careers. Here are a few popular paths, but a Gustavus degree can take you anywhere.

  • Business Valuing
  • External Auditing
  • Tax
  • Forensic/Investigative Accounting
  • Litigation and Risk Management Consulting
  • Personal Financial Planning
Average salary 5 years post graduation Post-Secondary Employment Outcomes Explorer from the U.S. Census Bureau
75%  Ultimately attended graduate or professional school
11:1  Student to Faculty Ratio
72  Majors
100%  of courses taught by faculty members

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