Your major in accounting will help you develop analytical skills applicable in many industries. You’ll learn the basics and best practices of accounting along with quantitative techniques, computer skills, and business-based problem solving. As you earn your accounting degree you’ll take courses covering a variety of topics including cost accounting, accounting information systems, and auditing and taxes.
Gardner-Webb University’s Broyhill School of Management within the Godbold School of Business offers a unique educational environment producing business leaders who are equally committed to strong personal values and excellence in their work. Gardner-Webb is a Christian environment, and we believe in social justice, ethical decision-making, and intellectual honesty. Our graduates take these values to their workplaces and positions of leadership.
Our top-notch teachers are some of the best in the region with the credentials and the passion to provide you with a high-quality education. Business faculty members have professional experience in an impressive array of industries. Their areas of expertise include marketing, legal counsel, engineering, and senior management and nearly half have worked overseas, bringing a global perspective to the classroom. GWU’s small class sizes mean you’ll have one-on-one access to all this expertise in every class session along with the mentorship you’ll need to achieve your best.
The learning you’ll do as part of the Broyhill School of Management begins in the classroom but it doesn’t end there. Classes focus on problem-solving and interactive discussions exploring issues from all sides. You can build on these learning experiences with enriching extracurricular activities including participating in our active student organizations or traveling to national student conferences. You’ll also have the opportunity to travel the world through our study abroad programs, demonstrate your leadership abilities in our student organizations, experience high-adrenaline teamwork at our adventure course, take a week-long trip to New York City, and score an internship with a local company.
Institute of Management Accountants
IMA is the leading professional organization devoted to management accounting and financial management. With 80,000 members and hundreds of local chapters, IMA membership offers you great opportunities for networking and educational and professional development while helping you stay up-to-date on developments in the field.
Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
SIFE is a global, non-profit organization bringing together more than 1,600 university teams in 20 countries. Through SIFE, you’ll develop leadership and teamwork skills while exploring principles of free enterprise. Gardner-Webb’s SIFE team helps students share their knowledge of market economics, entrepreneurship, personal and financial success, business ethics, and more through educational outreach projects. Find out more: Visit the SIFE webpage.
Delta Mu Delta
Delta Mu Delta is the international honor society for business majors, recognizing high scholastic achievement by majors in the Broyhill School of Management and offering career benefits for graduates. Membership is open to undergraduate juniors and seniors who are in the top 10 percent of their class with a minimum 3.8 GPA.
As a student you’ll have the opportunity to intern at regional and national accounting firms, local businesses, and the Internal Revenue Service.
F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award
The F. Keith Griggs Memorial Award is available to all full-time undergraduate students of the Broyhill School of Management who are entering their final year of study. Students are to write an essay entitled “A Business I Would Like to Start” to be submitted and read by a committee. The committee awards a $500.00 scholarship for the winner to use during his/her final year of study.
Goals and Objectives
- be able to apply and critique the financial operations of business firms from a managerial perspective and manage the investment resources of individuals and business firms,
- incorporate global and ethical perspectives across the curriculum,
- be prepared to apply quantitative techniques, computer techniques, and other elements of critical thinking to managerial problem solving.
Required Course Work
The Common Professional Component and the following courses:
ACCT 313, 314, 315, 400, 425, 435, and 450
Graduates of the Accounting program find employment at accounting firms, local businesses, the IRS, and more. They are also adequately prepared for further study.
GWU Accounting alumni are pursuing rewarding careers in the field. For example, Paula Roach, who earned her Bachelor’s, MBA, and MAcc at Gardner-Webb, now serves as Deputy Finance Director for Rutherford County. Chris David, who pursued a double major in history and accounting, now works for Ernst/Young, a large accounting firm in Washington, DC.