Accounting-BS


  • “I love being an accounting major because all of the professors have real-world experience.”

    Isaiah Woodruff, a double major in accounting and business management from Bradford, PA

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    Program Contact: Ernest Kallenbach

    Want to be popular? Really popular? Graduate with a degree in accounting. Accountants are in high demand right now. And starting salaries are high. If that sounds like the career for you, then our accounting major is a perfect fit.

    As an accountant, you'll do more than just track money. You will provide the analysis that will help businesses make financial decisions. And, you won't be stuck in a back room somewhere crunching numbers. Instead, you'll be front and center -- part of a management team.

    As an accounting major, you'll have the chance to intern with a public accounting firm. That will look great on a resume. Once you earn your accounting degree, you'll be on track to get certified and become a CPA. And you'll be prepared to work just about anywhere. A small business or large corporation. For the government such as the FBI, IRS or the DEA. In an accounting firm. Or, you could be a forensic accountant and help detect fraud and money laundering.

    What you can do with a degree in Accounting. Suggested 4-year plan of study

     

    Courses within the major

    Credits: 33




    Other Business coursework


    Credits: 34




    Coursework outside the major


    Credits: 7





    Total credits required for the major: 74


    General Education Program Requirements and Electives-Variable


    (See General Education Program and General Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree under Academic Policies and Guidelines for further details.)

     

    Please be advised

     

    Please be advised that some programs or courses of study require that students complete rotations, fieldwork, internships/externships and/or teaching assignments at facilities external to the university, while other programs or courses of study may offer voluntary internships or externships at facilities external to the university. Depending on the program or course, such facilities will or may require a criminal background check, an act 33/34 clearance (if applicable), and perhaps a drug screen to determine participant qualification or eligibility. Additionally, in order to become licensed, many states will inquire as to whether the applicant has been convicted of a misdemeanor, a felony, or a felonious or illegal act associated with alcohol and/or substan buse.

    Additional Information:

    Our graduates are working with businesses to develop strategies, investors to analyze mergers and acquisitions, and with boards of directors, and all types of organizations to measure and communicate financial results.

    Several of our recent graduates have gone into public accounting. However, others have also embarked on careers in managerial accounting and government accounting. A number of graduates have entered corporations as accountants and have migrated into other areas such as management and marketing.

     

    Kallenbach, Ernest

    Professor Ernest Kallenbach, Jr.

    edk16@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    814-362-7626

    159 Swarts Hall


    Hardin, Lorna

     Lorna Hardin

    leh93@pitt.edu

    Assistant Professor of Accounting

    814-362-5165

    160 Swarts Hall


    Avey, Marcia

     Marcia Avey

    maa224@pitt.edu

    Administrative Assistant and Instructor of Accounting

    814-362-5272

    227 Frame-Westerberg Commons


    These are just some of the positions our recent graduates have.

    Jobs:
    • Accountant at Thompson Morgan and Company, Towanda, PA   
    • Staff Accountant at Catalano, Case, Catalano, & Clark-Radzieta CPAs, Clearfield, PA
    • Accountant at Dresser-Rand, Wellsville, PA
    • Internal auditor at United Refining Co. in Warren, PA
    • Cost accountant/BOM coordinator at Whirley Industries Inc., Warren, PA
    • Financial controller for Voith Paper, Waycross, GA 
    • Junior accountant, Excel4Apps, Evans City, PA