The Accounting Program at MacMurray College is designed to provide the foundation necessary for a professional career or graduate study, giving you well-rounded exposure to a wide variety of business disciplines, including business administration, economics, finance, management, marketing, as well as in-depth training in accounting.

As an accounting major at MacMurray, you are on your way to a successful business career, because accounting has always been considered the "language of business," telling the performance of a company.

During the past two decades, the field of accounting has been changing dramatically, and MacMurray majors get a solid grounding in the explosive trends of the computer revolution, increased government regulations, frequent tax law changes, the globalization of business, and the on-going restructuring of corporations.

Career Preparation

In this increasingly complex and competitive business environment, accounting skills are in high demand, and accounting has become a dynamic, exciting career.

While at MacMurray, you will be expected to engage in a significant amount of "experiential learning," or hands-on accounting either in the classroom or in businesses around Jacksonville and beyond.

Internships are a crucial part of your career preparation, and MacMurray students get job experience at local firms in the area, as well as at the state and even national level. MacMurray 2015 graduate Martin Lara, for example, held a summer internship in the budget office at the U.S. Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C.

At MacMurray, you will be exposed to the fundamentals of the profession and receive the coursework and instruction necessary to successfully prepare for the Certified Public Accounting exam. As a MacMurray accounting graduate, you can perform a broad range of accounting, auditing, tax, and consulting activities for corporations, governments, non-profit organizations, and individuals. Your workplace options cover the gamut: you can choose to work in an office individually or as part of a team, or you can embark on your own business venture.

Learn more about Accounting courses and how to pursue a degree in Accounting through our academic catalog.

ACCT 221. Principles of Financial Accounting. (3) Introduction to the recording of financial data and reporting of information in financial statements. Recording of transactions and presentation and analysis of the resulting information in the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows for service and retail companies. No prerequisite.

ACCT 222. Principles of Managerial Accounting. (3) Introduction to the recording and reporting of manufacturing companies and introduction to managerial accounting. Topics include job and process costing systems, cost behavior, cost-volume-profit analysis, financial statement analysis, and budgeting. Prerequisite: ACCT 221.

ACCT 344. Federal Income Taxes. (3) A study of federal income tax principles and laws with applications to individuals. Prerequisite: ACCT 222.

ACCT 350. Cost Accounting. (3) A study of cost accounting, including accumulation and measurement, using job order, process, and standard cost systems. Cost-volume-profit relationships and the use of analysis in managerial planning and control. Prerequisite: ACCT 222.

ACCT 351. Intermediate Financial Accounting I. (3) A study of financial accounting by corporations. This first course of the two-semester sequence includes understanding of financial accounting concepts and applying those concepts to assets and current liabilities with focus on financial statement presentation. Prerequisite: ACCT 222.

ACCT 352. Intermediate Financial Accounting II. (3) A study of financial accounting by corporations. This second course of the two-semester sequence includes applying financial accounting concepts to long-term liabilities and stockholders equity as well as accounting for leases, income taxes, and earning per share for focus on financial statement presentation. This course will also discuss accounting by partnerships/LPs/LLCs, and S Corporations. Prerequisite: ACCT 351.

ACCT 353. Advanced Financial Accounting. (3) A study of accounting to understand the history and purpose of authoritative bodies in accountancy and standards setting of GAAP and IFRS, recognize the importance of ethics, understand the legal liability of accountants, locate accounting standards using the accounting standards codification and apply them to various situations, translate and summarize academic accounting research papers, prepare and conduct empirical archival research, and recognize the value and limits in research for the professional practice of accounting. This course is offered as a hybrid-course. Prerequisite: ACCT 352.

ACCT 354. Auditing. (3) A study of the auditing principles, standards, procedures, and techniques and their application used by auditors in verification of financial statements. Prerequisites: ACCT 351.

ACCT 357. AIS & Reporting. (3) This course is designed to present an understanding of accounting information systems and their role in the accounting environment. Accounting information systems both computerized and non-computerized will be studied to understand accounting transaction cycles, documentation flow, and design of systems for internal control. This course will utilize computerized accounting software (QuickBooks) to further grasp computerized accounting transactions, further understand internal reports of companies, and to take internal financial statements and prepare GAAP financial statements from the reports. This course also presents an in-depth study of financial reporting requirements for not-for-profit and government agencies.

ACCT 375. VITA. (3) VITA Career Experience. Application of individual Federal and Illinois income taxes. This course involves experiential learning in the preparation of individual income tax forms under the supervision of the accounting professor and IRS representatives. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax preparation for low income (under $54,000) and elderly taxpayers. Prerequisite: ACCT 344

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Chad Duncheon

Assistant Professor of Accounting

“We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.” - Ben Sweetland

  • Areas of interest: Duncheon is an avid golfer and sports fan, with an emphasis on the Cubs. He likes to play with his six-year-old pup, Carl, as much as he can.
  • M.S. in Professional Accountancy – Illinois State University
  • B.S. in Accountancy – Illinois State University 
  • Courses taught: Intro. to Financial Accounting, Intro. to Cost Accounting, Intermediate Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Federal Income Taxation and Auditing.
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Nick Newton '18
Business Administration and Accounting

"I learned a lot from all my classes at Mac and I was able to apply those skills in the work place."