William B. Greene Jr., School of Business & Technology


Our accounting majors get a solid foundation leading into a variety of careers including internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation. Students develop leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.

Milligan College offers an accounting major (B.A. or B.S. degree) and an accounting minor.

Accounting major — B.A. or B.S.

Courses in accounting are designed to prepare the student for careers primarily in public accounting, but is also good preparation for careers in internal auditing, tax preparation and planning, cost analysis, and advisory services in information systems design and implementation.

Basic skills are learned and practiced and higher level accounting concepts and principles are acquired through problem-oriented courses in each of the accounting discipline areas. Successful professional accountants are able to communicate the implications of financial reports, with an ethical standard in mind, to managers, and owners.

Milligan graduates with a major in accounting or applied finance and accounting are expected to:

  • possess broad finance, accounting and business knowledge as well as mastery of the technical knowledge of finance and accounting in order to serve the organizations in which they work
  • be well prepared to find ready employment in the field
  • possess the ability to apply computer and information technology to solve real-world finance, accounting and business problems
  • have acquired leadership and management skills that are necessary for the successful planning, implementation, and control of the business enterprise, all rooted in a foundation of ethical and moral principles.


Students planning to become certified public accountants should be aware that many states have made substantial changes in their educational requirements for persons desiring a CPA Certificate. These requirements vary in their specific requirements from state to state but must be met before the applicant’s first sitting for the Uniform CPA Examination. Students should check the exact requirements for the particular state in which they intend to seek certification. For example, the State of Tennessee requires a total of 150 semester hours, which is an additional 22 semester hours beyond the 128 needed for a bachelor’s degree at Milligan College. Students intending to become certified public accountants are encouraged to consult with their advisers early in their college career.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


What can I do with a degree in Accounting?

Download a list of potential careers in Accounting.

Business Faculty

Dr. David Campbell

David Campbell

Associate Professor of Economics; Director of the MBA Program; Area Chair of Business

Phone: 423.461.8674
Office: Price Business Center, 005


Dr. Carolyn Carter

Carolyn Carter

Associate Dean of the William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business and Technology; Professor of Computer Information Systems and Business Administration; Don and Clarinda Jeanes Chair of Servant Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8670
Office: Derthick Hall, 300B


Dr. Bill Greer

Bill Greer

President; J. Henry Kegley Chair of Business and Economics; Professor of Business and Economics

Phone: 423.461.8710
Office: Little Hartland