I'm a sophomore at VT with a 3.67 gpa (if this is relevant). I'm enrolled in the intro level business courses and find them challenging, but I'm hanging in there. My gpa will probably slip a little this semester, but is expected to stay above a 3.5. I'm still debating whether or not to get a cpa license. The reason being, I'm not sure what my career goals are. The two options that I'm considering right now are:
The typical masters in accounting > cpa certification > Big 4 > branch off into whatever or
bachelors in accounting > minor in international studies > (cpa certification) > working in small/mid-size firm
I know this will surprise some people, but the salary benefits of a cpa aren't that important for me. I'm not looking to become a partner or make six figures. I just want something comfortably reasonable that I can support myself with with which accounting will offer me even if I don't have a cpa. The reason I choose accounting was because of the employment stability and job placement upon graduation.
What are my chances if I decide to go the big 4? Will a minor in international studies help me stand out to employers if I decide to not pursue a cpa or should I focus on landing internships for the experience?