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Accounting (B.A.)

Major: Accounting

Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts

Total credit hours: N/A

Internship/Practicum opportunities: Visit the Career Development Center for internship information.

About the program

Put your love of numbers and your strong sense of order to work keeping track of where money goes in business and in the economy. At Thiel, we’ll prepare you to work in the accounting field immediately upon graduation or provide you with the knowledge you need to enter graduate school.

The objective of the Thiel College accounting program is to develop a solid foundation for public accounting, governmental accounting and corporate accounting.

Visit our Academic Catalog (2018-2019) for course listings.

Major Features

  1. Learn generally accepted accounting principles and be able to prepare financial statements.
  2. Understand the importance of independent audits and generally accepted auditing standards.
  3. Possess a basic understanding of the Internal Revenue Code and the impact of taxes on business.
  4. Network with distinguished business alumni and be inducted into Chi Eta Signa as a junior or senior.
  5. Get the opportunity to earn scholarships from the Haller Enterprise Institute and receive an award from the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Scholarship Opportunities

Thiel College offers scholarships to students for reasons such as academic success, community service or involvement, exemplary leadership and more! The scholarships available to accounting majors are:

  • The August and Susan Bamford Scholarship
  • Dr. Morrison H. Beach Scholarship
  • The Roger ’52 and Paula G. Blatter Scholarship
  • The John T. Egbert Jr. and Phyllis Faries Egbert Scholarship
  • Daniel A. Hamo Scholarship
  • Michael Andrew Holland ’75 Memorial Scholarship
  • Huether Foundation Endowment for Business
  • Helen Patterson Hill Memorial Scholarship
  • Lend-A-Hand Scholarship
  • The Rev. Dr. kenneth R. May Scholarship Fund
  • The Robert J. Mckinley Memorial Scholarship
  • The Wise Family Endowed Scholarship Fund

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of aid available to students.

Clubs & Organizations

It's easy to get involved on campus! Joining a student club or organization is an excellent way to meet others and gain leadership experience. An accounting major might be interested in the following clubs and orgs:

  • Accounting Club
  • Greenville Jr. Chamber of Commerce
  • Chi Eta Sigma (National Commerce Honorary Society)

Visit our Campus Life page to see a full list of student clubs and organizations.

Alumni & Careers

As an accountant, you can make any business—even your own—run better and make more money. There’s not a business around that doesn’t need an accountant, and with an accounting degree you’re also well set up to start a business of your own.

Thiel College accounting majors have gone on to be general accountants, account executives, account representatives, auditors and much more! Here are a few job opportunities available upon graduation:

  • Certified Public Accountant – earn a median salary of $63, 214 by handling the accounting, tax, reporting and/or audit processes for governments, corporations or individual clients*.
  • Corporate Accountant – earn a median salary of $54,215 by ensuring that businesses stay within their own financial policies*.
  • Comptroller/Financial Controller- earn a median salary of $65,238 overseeing a company’s accounting policies and procedures*.
  • Budget Analyst – earn a median salary of $71,590 helping public and private institutions keep their finances on track*.
  • Chief Financial Officer —earn a mean salary of $127,648 by providing leadership and focus to a business’ accounting and financial departments*.

*Job and salary information from www.payscale.com