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Accounting Degree Programs

Accounting and public accounting curriculum at Hope prepares students for work in a variety of business settings. 

Led by a faculty that boasts both industry and teaching experience, students are equipped for careers in private industry, government, banking, finance or public accounting. 

Students are actively engaged with a variety of firms throughout their studies, including Big 4 accounting firms who regularly recruit on campus. 


Engagement with professionals and firms 
  • 500+ professionals are engaged in the department each year 
  • Meet the Firm events introduce students to a variety of accounting firms and opportunities 
  • Career panels allow students to reflect on advice shared by a broad range of accounting professionals 
  • As part of the Accounting Professional Series, students engage in workshops, professional development experiences and more
  • Example firms: Plante Moran, BDO, EY, Deloittle, PwC 
Experiences and applied learning
  • Summer Leadership Program at an accounting firm 
  • Accounting internship 
  • Case competitions in corporate finance and/or banking
Skill-based workshops
  • Forensic accounting workshop 
  • Corporate valuation workshops (Training the Street, Wall Street Prep)

Student Learning Outcomes

Hope College students completing an accounting degree will have:

  • Critical Thinking: Enhanced ability to integrate (a) applied and theoretical experiences, and (b) a deep understanding of the content in economics and business, in analytical, problem-solving and creative activities.
  • Vocational Discernment: Enhanced ability to make decisions around how to live a life of service through awareness of oneself, the needs of the world and how they intersect.
  • Christian Worldview: Enhanced understanding of how a Christian worldview has been, and can be, applied in economics and business.
  • Accounting/Finance Competencies: Ability to identify, understand and apply accounting and finance knowledge, concepts and theories in financial accounting, managerial accounting, auditing, taxation, finance, investments and data analytics for analysis and decision-making in a professional environment. 
  • Leadership and Service Competencies: Ability to lead and serve in a global society through curricular and co-curricular learning opportunities of experiential relevance within the field of accounting and finance.