Accounting Program Major - Defiance College - Defiance, Ohio


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Accounting is the language of business.

Students in the Defiance College accounting program learn how to identify, measure, and communicate financial information, always keeping them in the conversation with managers, owners, and creditors.

Based on sound principles, accounting at Defiance College offers an innovative program that includes courses in communications, ethics, leadership, and technology. Beyond traditional accounting, Defiance also offers a forensics concentration focusing on fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence.

Accounting majors take part in a wide range of experiential learning opportunities. Whether developing a microlending program in Cambodia or an accounting system for a local business, students practice their business language skills to become better employees, stronger leaders, and responsible citizens. Professors are fluent speakers of business with experience as Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE), making them ideal guides for students preparing to enter the business world.

Ready to learn the language of business? The conversation begins here.



What is Accounting?

Accounting is the system of compiling and analyzing financial data to provide useful information to managers, owners, and creditors. The accounting major is designed for those seeking to enter the public accounting profession or other accounting positions within organizations or companies. On-the-job training is provided through internships and cooperative education experiences, along with service learning opportunities.

The accounting major is a professional program designed for students who want a solid foundation in all functional aspects of business plus specialized courses in Accounting. Students may select the traditional four-year plan of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Accounting, or they may select the five-year program leading to a Master's Degree in Business Administration. Students who select the five-year plan will meet the 150 credit hour requirement necessary to sit for the CPA exam. (link to



What is Forensic Accounting?

The forensic accounting concentration will allow the student to focus on fraud prevention, detection, and deterrence.

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The accounting student will have the opportunity to engage in domestic and/or international experiential learning activities and internships, developing a micro-lending program in Cambodia, or an accounting system for a local business. These experiences will provide DC students with the skills, knowledge, and abilities that will broaden their perspectives in a diverse world.



After College — What's Next?

Defiance College graduates are employed in local and regional CPA firms and businesses, as well as Fortune 500 companies. In addition, the employment outlook is outstanding with potential opportunities with the federal government, the state of Ohio, other governmental and non-profit organizations, private industry, and financial networks.


Nathen Henricks

 "The Defiance College Accounting Curriculum gives you the advantage of gaining a broad perspective of different accounting fields. My professor helped prepare me for my career and gave excellent advice while I was working in my internship. Another unique aspect of the Accounting program at Defiance is the ability to participate in service learning projects that incorporate your major."

Nathen Henricks
Accounting Major



Samantha Higdon"My time at Defiance College has provided me with a number of wonderful opportunities. The small classes have allowed me to make real connections with my professors who, in turn, take a personal interest in the students.

My involvement in the Board of Directors with DC Ebiz, a number of other organizations, working in the Academic Resource Center, and being a four year member of the Defiance College Track and Field Team has taught me the importance of leadership, communication, and to be a problem solver. The business program has allowed me to explore various possible business careers in non-profit accounting, taxation, financial advising, as well as governmental positions. The two years I worked with the McMaster Initiative in Belize let me put my skills and knowledge both as an accountant and a businesswoman into practice in an international setting, which is the environment I ultimately want to work in. Defiance College has strengthened my love of learning and my desire to grow as a person, and for that, I am extremely grateful."

Samantha Higdon
Accounting Major



Useful Links

Job Growth Potential – Bureau of Labor Statistics
Ohio Society for CPAs
Master's in Accounting Programs




Defiance College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located at 11374 Strang Line Road in Lenexa, Kansas, USA. The business programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE: 

This accreditation offers the following benefits: enhanced reputation; international perspectives; continuous improvement; best practices; accountability; and evidence of quality business core.

IACBE Assessment Results Defiance College | Strategic Plan Business Department


The Faculty

Edwina Phillips, M.A., Visiting Assistant Professor of Practice of Business and Accounting
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