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Accounting

Learning business from the inside out

The success of every organization — large or small, private or nonprofit, corporate or government — depends on the strength of its finances. Elon’s accounting program prepares students to play critical roles in those organizations and to build successful careers in the dynamic and fast-changing financial world.

As an accounting major at Elon, you will learn how businesses function financially, how to manage financial resources and make critical decisions, how to spot trends and calculate projections, and how to weigh taxation and develop financial reports. You also will build on your classroom knowledge with real-world experiences gained through internships, study abroad and professional organizational activities.

By the time you graduate, you will have a broad base of knowledge and experience rooted in the liberal arts and a keen understanding of how businesses and finances work in the public and private sectors. You will be prepared to succeed in careers as professional accountants and financial managers in public accounting, industry, government, academia, nonprofit and other organizations. Elon’s accounting program also gives students an excellent foundation for advanced studies in a range of fields, including accounting, business administration and law.

The accounting program is part of the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business, which is highly regarded in the business and academic worlds as a reliable source of well-trained, well-rounded and prepared professionals and postgraduate students. The LSB is accredited by AACSB International (the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), the highest possible accreditation in business education. The faculty combine a wealth of executive, management and professional experience with an enthusiasm for teaching.

The demand for skilled accounting and financial professionals continues to grow. Elon provides students the tools they need to meet that demand.

Individual attention

Elon students enjoy individual attention from their professors. Faculty members keep generous office hours and take a personal interest in each student’s progress. Each major is assigned an accounting faculty member for advising throughout the year. 

"Professors contribute to the professional growth of students through engaging learning activities, such as case studies, research projects and student presentations. The knowledge I have gained from these experiences has proved invaluable to me in the process of completing three accounting internships."

Rebecca Hampton '09

Learning by doing

By participating in simulations, case analyses, research projects and other active learning opportunities, accounting majors gain a realistic understanding of the profession by applying their knowledge to real-world issues. Internships offer an invaluable opportunity to put accounting theories and principles into practice and to work alongside industry leaders. Elon accounting students have completed internships and have accepted permanent positions with many prominent organizations and accounting firms, including:

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • IBM
  • Cherry Bekaert & Holland
  • Smith Leonard
  • McGladrey Pullen
  • Gilliam Coble & Moser
  • Thomas Knight Trent King
  • Wachovia Bank
  • Deloitte
  • BDO Seidman
  • Crowe Chizek
  • Ernst & Young
  • Credit Suisse.

A balanced approach to learning

Accounting majors at Elon graduate with much more than the skills needed to succeed in a specific profession. Because an Elon education is grounded in the liberal arts, all students develop important critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills that will allow them to succeed on the job, in their personal lives and in their communities.

A comprehensive curriculum

The accounting curriculum provides students with a thorough understanding of the theory and practice of business operations and financial and managerial accounting. Students gain in-depth knowledge of financial management, transaction analysis, income taxation, auditing, investment principles and commercial law. Advanced seminars and accounting electives offer students the opportunity to explore various topics in depth.

Students who major in accounting may complete the 150 semester-hour requirement to sit for the CPA exam. Students who wish to pursue this requirement are encouraged to declare their major early so they may be assigned a faculty adviser in accounting who will help the student design their curriculum to achieve this requirement. In addition, all accounting majors are required to complete an internship, which often leads to permanent positions with public and private accounting organizations.

Special programs, scholarships and fellowships

Exceptional high school students planning to major in accounting could be eligible for the Business Fellows program. This selective four-year program offers students study abroad grants, paid internships and more. Visit the Elon Fellows programs Web site for more information.

At the department and school level, at least four accounting majors are awarded Gilliam Scholarships for Academic Excellence. A portion of each scholarship is designated in support of a study abroad experience.

Accounting majors benefit from collaboration with and assistance from Elon’s Career Center and the Elon job network. Visit the Career Center Web site for more information.

Top-flight faculty

At Elon, accounting majors learn from and work alongside a dynamic faculty that blends professional experience, academic training, creativity, dedication and a passion for teaching. Faculty members will help you identify your goals and make it their mission to help you achieve them. That attention extends beyond graduation; professors have built strong contacts with organizations and academic institutions, and they will use those contacts to help you find a position in your area of interest. Accounting faculty members have written numerous books, and professional and academic journal articles. They have presented research at forums throughout the United States and internationally in Mexico, Moldova, Bermuda and Korea, among other nations.

After graduation

Many Elon accounting majors choose to pursue graduate study after completing their Elon degree. Still more have secured positions with a variety of organizations, including:

  • KPMG
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • Ernst & Young
  • Deloitte
  • IBM
  • Bank of America
  • Clifton Gunderson
  • Northern Trust
  • Gilliam Coble & Moser
  • The Chart Group
  • Grant Thornton
  • McGladrey Pullen
  • Crowe Chizek
  • Smith Leonard
  • BDO Seidman
  • Credit Suisse
  • Thomas Knight Trent King. 

 

Visit the Department of Accounting Website.

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