Accounting Major

A career in accounting has been described by many as one of the best opportunities for employment, with U.S. News & World Report (2013) considering accounting positions to be among the "hottest jobs." As the link that connects all businesses, accounting is in high demand in a broad range of fields, and your Accounting degree positions you for versatility and growth in your career.

Champlain's Bachelor of Science in Accounting program and its faculty will give you everything you need to be career-ready. Our faculty members possess invaluable business experience and a history of outstanding instruction. They will work with you to create the learning opportunities and internships you'll need to pursue the many career options in public, captive, private, not-for-profit and governmental accounting.

At Champlain, we offer a multifaceted accounting education in which you will:

  • learn how to prepare and analyze financial statements
  • understand how to prepare tax returns and apply the latest information systems to the processing of financial data
  • develop important communication, problem-solving, critical thinking and decision-making skills essential to success in the field
  • gain hands-on experience through paid internships, in-class projects, services like the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, and paid peer tutor positions in our Accounting & Math Lab

The Robert P. Stiller School of Business not only prepares you exceptionally well in your Accounting major, but also gives you a four-year, cross-business education that answers the marketplace demand for business school graduates with demonstrable knowledge, skills and hands-on experience in all the disciplines that make up the field of business including:

  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Human resources
  • Information systems and technologies
  • Marketing

Our Accounting program opens up the option for you to pursue becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). We have developed options that meet the 150 credit-hour requirement for CPA eligibility, and allows our students to enter the CPA job market before the competition. Motivated students can fast-track their eligibility for the CPA exam by taking additional classes over summers or an extra semester, rather than pursuing a graduate degree immediately after graduation. Or you can pursue our double major in Accounting and Finance to meet the 150 credits and further enhance your career options. Our program also gives you the skills needed to pursue your Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) certification and to sit for the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam.


Integrate Classroom Theory with Actual Experience 

  • Take Financial Accounting, Quantitative Language of Business and at least two other courses from the Accounting curriculum in your first year, thanks to the Upside-Down Curriculum. 
  • Learn from our field-tested Accounting faculty who understand how the business environment works because they have been there.  
  • Become a polished business professional through our year-long Professional Training Program, which is modeled on the corporate management training programs of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Build a highly marketable resume and portfolio through our extensive Accounting internship opportunities.
  • Spend a semester studying at either our Dublin or Montreal campuses, or anyplace in the world through our study-abroad partnership programs. Study abroad is built right into the program!
  • During your senior year, you can choose to pursue a certificate in Advanced Global Studies—open to all Stiller School majors—through Champlain's agreement with the renowned Thunderbird School of Global Management. Your credits will apply toward both your Champlain degree and a Thunderbird master's program.
  • Gain fundamental principles needed in accounting professions. Learn the other skills you will master in the Accounting Major.
  • Explore a variety of career options, from CPA to CMAs and more; envision your career success.
  • Find out what you need to know to apply to this popular major.