Graduate one year faster
Nearly all of our accounting majors earn the necessary 150 credit hours to sit for the CPA exam in just four years. That means you can earn a five-year degree in less time than other accounting programs, saving a year of college costs as well as having the opportunity to earn a salary a year sooner. For you, it’s a double net gain.
Understanding accounting rules and regulations is just one factor for career success. Today’s accountants analyze data to provide meaningful insights to help clients and businesses prepare for their futures.
The most sought-after accountants excel at writing, teamwork, presentations, critical thinking, interpersonal relationships and leadership. Because our bold curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts, you'll develop all of these essential skills.
You’ll also gain real-world experience and connections through internships and networking.
Non-business students can boost their resumes with a minor in accounting, while business students can open up new career options with a minor in professional accounting.
World-class accredited degree opens doors
Our Sigmund Weis School of Business is accredited by AACSB International. Less than 5% of the 15,000+ business programs worldwide have earned AACSB accreditation, making our program part of an elite group. For you, it means top companies will recognize the high quality of your degree, often offering higher, more competitive salaries.
The powerful combination of our AACSB-accredited program and global experiences prepare you to become an accounting professional for corporations, nonprofits or the government.
We have a 100% job placement rate with approximately one third of our accounting students even having job offers—from Big Four accounting firms in major cities to nonprofits to boutique accounting firms—before they begin their senior year.
Recent accounting graduates are employed at the Big 4 and other top firms, including:
- Baker Tilly
- Boyer & Ritter
- Cotton & Co.
- Grant Thornton LLP
- Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman
- Hewlett-Packard Co.
- Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
- JPMorgan Chase
- McKonly & Asbury
- RKL, LLP
- Tate and Tryon
Graduates secure jobs all over the U.S., including:
- Harrisburg, Pa.
- Irvine, Calif.
- Portland, Ore.
- New York City
- Northern New Jersey
- San Diego
- Tampa, Fla.
- Washington, D.C.
The Major in Accounting. A major in accounting requires successful completion of the Business Foundation and the accounting courses listed below. No grade below a C- will be accepted toward graduation for foundation courses. Students who earn a grade below C- in a foundation course must retake the course during the next semester that it is offered.
The accounting course descriptions listed later in the catalog identify prerequisites, and these suggest the order in which students should complete their work within the Business Foundation and the accounting major. First-semester Weis School students also enroll in MGMT-102 Global Business Perspectives (four semester hours), which provides an introduction to liberal studies and college life, an overview of business functional areas, career opportunities and the Sigmund Weis School curriculum. This course satisfies the Perspectives requirement of the Central Curriculum.
Double-counting restriction: no student may have more than one major in the Sigmund Weis School of Business. Students who wish to study an additional subject area of the Weis School’s curriculum should consult their advisor about declaring an academic minor.
|Semester Hours||View Full Course Catalog >>|
|4 ECON-201 Principles of Macroeconomics|
|4 ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics|
4 Choose from: MGMT-202 Business Statistics, MATH-108 Introduction to Statistics, MATH-109 Statistics for Social Sciences, MATH-180 Statistical Methods or PSYC-123 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences
|4 INFS-174 Data Collection and Modeling|
|4 ACCT-200 Financial Accounting|
|4 ACCT-210 Legal Environment|
|2 INFS-233 Data Driven Decision Making|
|4 MGMT-240 Principles of Management|
|4 MKTG-280 Marketing|
|2 PRDV-105 Introduction to Professional Development|
|4 ACCT-330 Cost Management|
|4 FINC-340 Corporate Financial Management|
|4 INFS-472 Data Insight and Visualization|
|4 MGMT-400 Business Policy and Strategy|
|4 MGMT-404 Global Business Ethics|
Requirements for the Major in Accounting
|2 ACCT-220 Introduction to Taxation|
|2 FINC-300 Financial Statement Analysis|
|4 ACCT-301 Intermediate Accounting I|
|4 ACCT-302 Intermediate Accounting II|
|2 ACCT-305 Federal Taxation|
|4 ACCT-309 Accounting Information Systems|
|4 ACCT-420 Auditing|
|4 ACCT-430 Managerial Accounting Policy|
To satisfy the major course requirements, courses must be completed with a grade of C- or better.
Minor in Accounting. The minor in accounting has two purposes. It introduces liberal arts majors to career opportunities in the accounting profession, and it provides systematic study of accounting as a social science. The minor is not open to students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business degree.
The minor in accounting requires completion of 26 semester hours, including ACCT-200 Financial Accounting, ACCT-210 Legal Environment, FINC-300 Financial Statement Analysis, ACCT-301 Intermediate Accounting I, ACCT-330 Cost Management, either ECON-105 Elements of Economics or ECON-202 Principles of Microeconomics, and four additional semester hours of accounting courses. The department recommends that students pursuing a minor also complete a statistics course. No more than one grade lower than C- will be accepted in fulfillment of the minor requirements.
Boards of accountancy in all U.S. states and territories now require 150 hours of college credit to become a CPA.
At most schools, you need five years and a master's degree to fulfill the 150 hours required. But our innovative accounting program lets you save a year of tuition and start your career sooner.
Many students return from their summer internship between junior and senior year with an offer from a Big-4 or large regional public accounting firm in hand. Most are typically placed by the end of fall semester their senior year.See More