The Curriculum l Career Opportunities l Career Placement I Major Requirements
As part of the Arthur McGonigal Department of Business Administration, the accounting program helps students develop a solid foundation for public, corporate and industrial, or government and non-profit accounting. Coursework promotes a thorough understanding of the nature of accounting information and the professionally accepted standards, principles and procedures for reporting this information. Moreover, an emphasis is placed on the application of accounting information in economic valuations and decision-making by individuals, businesses and government agencies.
Candidates earn the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, which is suitable to sit for the CPA examination under licensing laws in Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio, New Jersey and many other states. In addition, Thiel also offers an associate degree in accounting for students who desire a strong foundation in accounting and bookkeeping methods.
A student who graduates from Thiel College with a major in accounting will:
Our emphasis on the liberal arts helps round out the accounting student's academic experience, enhancing our graduates' employment value, preparing them for graduate studies and adding to their overall personal enjoyment and fulfillment in life. Thiel accounting graduates not only are expertly prepared to succeed in business and the accounting profession, but also communicate well, think creatively, are proficient in quantitative skills and computer applications, ethically grounded, and are curious about and fully involved in the world around them.
Accounting students may also take advantage of internships and cooperative work experiences to gain valuable real-world experiences and improve their employment and career prospects.
In general, accountants work in three broad areas:
Public accounting is a field for independent accountants who prepare, evaluate and attest to the accuracy and completeness of financial statements and related information. The term "public" typically refers to third-party reliance on the integrity of the financial information presented by the licensed accountant.
Corporate or industrial accounting emphasizes the development and reporting of accounting information that can be used in operating a business or corporation, especially the complex process of decision making.
Governmental and nonprofit accounting supports financial reporting and decision-making for governmental and non-profit entities, often using procedures and standards different from business and corporations.
In addition, accounting majors often pursue specialized careers as diverse as management consultants, auditors, forensic and fraud examiners, financial planners, entrepreneurs and business owners, and tax specialists.
Thiel's success in placing its accounting graduates is among the strongest of the Consortium members, in the numbers both of interviews secured per student and of job offers received.
Our accounting alumni can be found in senior roles in major companies and accounting firms, medium-sized and small businesses, health care organizations and public and nonprofit agencies — and represent and resource network for placing our graduates.