What can I do with an Accounting Major?

If you love numbers and have a knack for details, a degree in accounting could be a great fit for you. But accounting doesn’t mean that you have to sit at a desk all day, crunching numbers—today’s accountants are involved in many different aspects of a business, using their expertise and global perspective to make meaningful contributions to their organization.

Program Overview
At Whitman, accounting majors can choose to complete their B.S. degree and enter the professional workforce, with the additional opportunity to enroll in an MBA/M.S. program to meet the 150 education hours required for certified public accountant (CPA) licensure. Whitman also offers a professional CPA track, which includes 24 credits in accounting that many students choose to complete while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Courses included in this track are:

  • ACC 356 – Intermediate Financial Accounting I
  • ACC 357 – Intermediate Financial Accounting II
  • ACC 363 – Cost Analysis & Control
  • ACC 385 – Principles of Taxation
  • ACC 476 – Auditing Theory/Practice
  • ACC 477 – Advanced Financial Accounting
  • LPP 457 – Law of Commercial Transactions

Accounting majors have a number of different clubs available at Whitman that provide opportunities for networking and advancing their skills. These clubs include the National Association for Black Accountants (NABA), the Syracuse University Investment Club and Beta Alpha Psi, a professional service fraternity that includes finance and accounting majors.

At Whitman, accounting majors can pursue a dual degree with the School of Information Studies or the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications. Many accounting majors choose to pursue a double major in accounting and finance, to prepare them to enter the workforce in financial management following graduation.

Career Information
In 2014, the average base salary for Whitman accounting graduates was $59,020. According to U.S. News, the unemployment rate for accountants was at just 3.4 percent, with high growth expected in the field in coming years.

Accounting majors can find employment in a variety of industries and roles. Many accounting graduates pursue careers in tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services, either for financial institutions or other businesses and organizations. Graduates with accounting degrees can also find careers in management, local and state government, consulting services, financial investing, or securities and commodities exchange.

At Whitman, our accounting graduates are recruited by top companies in financial services, accounting and more. Our alumni can be found at Ernst & Young, Deloitte, McGladrey, KPMG, PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers), JPMorgan Chase & Co. and more.

Meet an Accounting Major
Meet some of our students, faculty and alumni in the accounting program:

To learn more, visit our website and find out what an accounting major can do for you!