Accounting Major & Minor

Learn the language of business.

Hartwick accounting majors are well prepared to meet the demands of the changing workplace, because here the technical aspects of the field are woven into the fabric of a liberal arts education.  

Accounting’s focus on the preparation, communication, and use of economic information for decision making is especially relevant in an information age. Accounting-based information is the central means of communicating with internal and external stakeholders.


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.


A closer look.

  • Focus on the preparation, communication, and use of economic information. 
  • No boring lectures
  • High degree of interaction between students and professors
  • Small class sizes
  • Hartwick accounting majors are computer-immersed. They:
    • Complete online research
    • Build models
    • Present to peers
    • Learn by trial and explanation, not dictation

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)

 

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

Meet the accounting faculty.

Hartwick’s expert accounting faculty are focused on making sure they deliver an education worthy of students who are meant for more, 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
Stephen A. Kolenda
Professor of Business Administration and Accounting
MBA, University of Connecticut
Areas of expertise:
accounting and international business
Priscilla Wightman
Professor of Accounting
MS, State University of New York at Albany
Areas of expertise:
accounting, auditing, fraud investigation

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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