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What is this major?
Accounting's focus is on the preparation, communication, and use of economic information for decision-making and has been referred to as the language of business. Accountants maintain financial records and supervise the recording of transactions for businesses, corporations, not-for-profit organizations, and government organizations.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • staff accountant
  • auditor/accountant
  • governmental accountant
  • corporate accountant
  • financial analyst
  • tax advisor
  • treasurer
  • managerial consultant
  • financial manager
  • controller
  • accounting educator
  • financial consultant
What skills will I improve/gain?
Problem solving, organization, numerical computation, data analysis, critical thinking, oral and written communication, computer literacy, efficiency, independent-work and teamwork skills, logical thinking.

Who employs graduates from this major?
Non-profit organizations, state/federal government, colleges/universities, private practice, insurance companies, banks, stock brokerages, business and industry, accounting firms

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Two tracks from which to choose:
    Accounting CPA track--leads to a career in public accounting
    Accounting General track--leads to a career in corporations
  • Can be combined with a minor in Finance for increased marketability
  • Graduates have little trouble finding jobs and some are employed by the 'Big-4' public accounting firms and Fortune 100 corporations

Visit the Accounting & Finance Web page.

Acting Department Chair
Penny Wightman, 607-431-4338, wightmanp@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Tom Sears, 607-431-4947, searst@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.