Accounting Major & Minor

Where degrees in accounting can take you.

“The Big 4” accounting firms continue to show a strong interest in Hartwick students. Our graduates show prospective employers strong communication abilities developed within a liberal arts and sciences education, unmatched by students trained in only technical skills.

Whether you choose the CPA or general accounting major, you’ll receive a solid foundation in accounting, including New York State’s CPA exam core courses: financial and managerial accounting, taxation, and auditing.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Budget analysts
  • Public accountants
  • Accounting clerks
  • Bookkeepers


The demand for accountants is high and will continue to be. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of accountants and auditors is projected to grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. This means there will be about 139,770 new jobs open in the accounting field in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)

Putting accounting to work.

After graduation, most accounting majors choose to enter the workforce. Others have studied at some of the most prestigious universities in the country.

Hartwick alumni work for:

  • All of the “Big 4”:  Pricewaterhouse Coopers, KPMG, Ernst & Young, Deloitte
  • General Electric
  • Chobani
  • NBT Bank
  • Regional accounting firms: WithumSmith & Brown, Sax/BST

Recent Hartwick graduates have studied at:

  • University of Notre Dame 
  • Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Business

Beyond the basics.

The student-run Accounting and Business Society frequently sponsors a wide range of activities, including visits by business leaders and off-campus adventures ranging from Wall Street road trips to weekend barbecues.

Accounting students are encouraged to participate in internships while at Hartwick. Past internships include:

  • Internal auditor for Wegmans
  • International accounting specialist at Instituto Exclusivo, La Paz, Bolivia
  • Audit staff, Ernst & Young (EY)

A closer look.

Hartwick accounting majors are well prepared to meet the demands of the changing workplace. They are computer-immersed, complete online research, build models, present to peers and learn by trial and explanation, not dictation.

  • Focus on the preparation, communication, and use of economic information. 
  • No boring lectures
  • High degree of interaction between students and professors
  • Small class sizes


Meet the accounting faculty.

Hartwick’s expert accounting faculty are focused on making sure they deliver an education worthy of students who will make an impact on the world into which they graduate.

Ramin Kasamanli, CPA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
MA, University of Mississippi
Areas of expertise:
accounting, auditing, finance, entrepreneurship, internal control, risk management, enterprise resource planning.
Jaeseong Lim
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting
Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa
Areas of expertise:
intangible resources, data analytics, auditing, pension, corporate finance, corporate social responsibility.
Li Luo
Lecturer in Accounting

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick accounting experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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