What do Accounting Majors study?

Student Highlight

Desmond Lites, Class of 2014



Why CHC?

"I chose Chestnut Hill because of its small class sizes, the proximity to home, and I felt that the curriculum and the professors would best prepare me for my future endeavors in Accounting. Also, the opportunity to play baseball at the NCAA Division 2 level made CHC a perfect fit!"

Desmond's Internships 

  • A tax intern at a small accounting firm in Philadelphia 
  •  An internship in the accounting department at the corporate office of Griswold Home Care.  
  • A tax intern position at Marcum LLP.   

Desmond's Activities: 

  • Resident Assistant 
  • President of the Business Club 
  • Student Ambassador 
  • Math/accounting tutor 
  • CHC men’s baseball team member 

Accounting is often called the language of business. Accountants maintain the financial information for an organization and use their analytic skills in helping to make decisions that are needed by every enterprise.


At Chestnut Hill College, accounting majors specialize in all of the skills necessary for them to succeed as professionals in any setting, whether it be a large conglomerate or small business. Through practical application of mathematical theory in the classroom and coveted internships throughout the Philadelphia area, accounting students not only learn firsthand the ins and outs of the finance industry, but also acquire a fundamental and first-class liberal arts education that will give them an edge in the job market and in the workforce.


Upon graduation, students will have developed advanced analytical skills, a framework for ethical, fundamentally sound and fiscally responsible decision-making and a strong background in mathematics, computer applications, marketing and much more as a result of CHC's commitment to a liberal arts and holistic education, ultimately making the individual an undeniable asset as an employee.


What are the requirements?


Accounting majors complete a minimum of 24 courses (70 credits) to qualify for a B.S. degree. Requirements include:

  • 30 credits in Accounting
  • 6 credits in Business Administration
  • 3 credits in Finance
  • 6 credits in Management
  • 9 credits in Economics
  • 9 credits in Mathematics
  • 3 credits in Marketing
  • 4 credits in Computer Applications

For more information on the specific course requirements as well as a sample academic plan, please see the 2014-15 SUS Course Catalog (page 100-101)


What internships are available?


Centrally located near hundreds of businesses in the Philadelphia area, Chestnut Hill College students have gone on to intern at some of the most well-known and recognizable names in the industry. These places include:

  • General Motors Acceptance Corporation
  • Bank of New York
  • MDL Capital Management, Inc.
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Morgan Stanely
  • United States Dept. of Treasury
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers Certified Public Accountants

What are the career opportunities?


Specializing in accounting at Chestnut Hill College can lead to the pursuit of graduate study, becoming a certified public accountant (CPA) and to a wide range of career options that include but are not limited to:

  • Auditor
  • Consultant
  • Cost Accountant
  • Financial Accountant
  • Government Accountant
  • Managerial Accountant
  • Not-for-profit Accountant
  • Tax Accountant

* The most popular career choice is a CPA. Please be advised that if you are planning to sit for the Uniform Certified Public Accounting examination, you should contact the State Board of Accountancy in the state in which you plan to qualify, in order to obtain specific educational and experience requirements mandated by that state. Information for the Pennsylvania Board of Accountancy can be found here.   


What student activities are available?


Interested accounting majors can join the Business Club, which is open to all students. 


Students who qualify with a 3.5 GPA, who rank in the top 20% of their graduating class and who have completed at least one half of their major degree program, may also be asked to join Sigma Beta Delta (SBD), the International Honor Society of Business. Additionally, students are encouraged to attend the Business Lecture Series on campus every fall.


If you are interested in becoming an accounting major at Chestnut Hill College, please contact Joseph Bucci, Chairperson of the Business Administration Dept (BucciJ@chc.edu).
To apply to Chestnut Hill College, please visit Admissions