Contact Cathy Duffy, Ed.D., Associate Professor
Phone: (802) 865-8445
A career in accounting has been described by many as one of the best opportunities for employment, with U.S. News & World Report and Fortune 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.
In addition to developing your expertise in accounting, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business not only prepares you exceptionally well 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. Learn more about our Integrated Business Experience.
Your classes in the Stiller School will never be in a giant lecture hall. In the Accounting program, your largest class size will be 24 students, and the professors you have in your first semester are the same professors who teach advanced and specialized classes. You'll have the opportunity for one-on-one interactions and mentorship from your professors, who bring their real-world knowledge into the classroom.
Over the past six years, the Robert P. Stiller School of Business has received a prestigious grant from the Freeman Foundation, allowing more than 100 students to travel to Shanghai, China, and other countries in Asia, to complete a summer internship. This opportunity provided our students with the chance to gain both international and professional work experience, as well as valuable cultural and language skills—with little out of pocket expense. Learn more about the Freeman Foundation Grant.
The curriculum has been designed to allow you to complete a double major in Finance & Accounting. The two fields are highly complementary, and accounting is considered the language of finance. Combining the majors will allow you to maximize the marketability of your degree. This degree will also give you the 150 credits required to be eligible to sit for the CPA exam if you choose. Find out more about the Double Major.
Compete for paid, hands-on internships close to campus, as well as paid peer tutoring positions in Champlain's Accounting & Finance Lab. You'll have other hands-on learning opportunities in your program, such as serving the Vermont Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), a governmental program that offers free tax help for low-to-moderate income taxpayers, elderly taxpayers and military personnel. Students spend upwards of 40 hours in a semester helping prepare tax returns through the VITA and gaining valuable experience working with live clients. See where our students have interned and gained experience.
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. Learn how you can become a CPA.