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Accounting

Accounting is so much more than numbers. Accountants reside at the intersection of art and science, analyzing and reporting financial status to foster success in all types of organizations.

When you study accounting, you hone your eye for meaningful detail and develop the business insight, management skills and solid ethics vital in a global marketplace.

As part of St. Norbert’s accounting program, you earn a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in accounting. You also may take added courses to qualify for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam. The high first-time pass rates of our graduates who take the CPA have resulted in the college being ranked 35 of 272 nationally for like programs.

An Accounting Degree at Work
In a competitive job market, demand for accountants continues to grow. That’s because a good accountant’s analytical thinking, ethical decision-making, and grasp on complex financial information can change the course of business.

With these skills, you can make a difference in any sector, from corporate to nonprofit and education to small business.

An accounting major’s career options include:
  • Investment banking
  • International accounting
  • Internal auditing
  • Tax planning
  • Certified Public Accounting
  • Government accounting
  • Nonprofit administration
  • Management accounting
  • Budget analysis
  • Environmental accounting
  • Financial planning
Leverage Your Accounting Degree
As a St. Norbert accounting major, you have access to for-credit internships and independent study – opportunities to make yourself more attractive to future employers.

You are also encouraged to study abroad. Relationships with programs in Africa, Europe, Asia, Australia and South America provide international experience you can leverage in any work setting.

Faculty Highlight

Ben Huegel demystifies blockchain technology in an article offered by USA Today in partnership with the Schneider School of Business & Economics at St. Norbert College.

“There’s a healthy amount of skepticism as to whether [blockchain] is as groundbreaking as it seems,” Huegel says in the article. “But people are really starting to see that there are some very specific, tangible applications for blockchain that can have significant benefits.”

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Program Perspective

Completing income tax returns may not be high on the list of fun things to do for some, but it was one of the highlights of the spring semester for students in classes taught by Amy Vandenberg ’85 (Accounting).

St. Norbert College joined a community effort this year in which students helped lower-income individuals complete their returns free of charge at the Brown County Central Library or The Salvation Army in Green Bay. Students met with clients during one-hour appointments, after which supervisors, including Vandenberg and professors from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, signed off on the returns and completed the filing process. The program was part of the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) initiative.

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Alumni Perspective

Jessica (Schadrie) Vanden Heuvel ’10 has climbed the ranks at Associated Bank where she currently serves as the assistant corporate controller.

“St. Norbert College underscored the value of critical thinking and the power that comes from being able to gather, analyze and interpret information. The knowledge I gained from the faculty, staff and my peers while at St. Norbert, has allowed me to continually create, sustain and deepen the bank’s relationship with its investors. So much of who I am today – both professionally and personally – I owe to the SNC experience.”

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