If you want to open pathways ranging from small business opportunities to government employment analyzing financial data, earning your B.S. in accounting is the right choice. Accountants are always in high demand, and Wilkes accounting majors are some of the most sought after students on campus by employers.
Those enrolled in the program are taught how to collect, analyze, validate and present data and information about organizations and individuals that accurately reveal their financial position and performance. You’ll also develop your leadership, technical, communication and critical-thinking skills, which will be valuable no matter which field you enter.
Accounting is the basis for all business decisions and operations. Wilkes’ accounting majors begin their college experience with a combination of technical and entrepreneurial projects. The experience includes courses in financial, managerial and tax accounting while as well as complex projects that integrate knowledge.
Students with this degree may enter careers in public accounting, private accounting, not-for-profit accounting, or in management.
Students interested in entering the public accounting profession may select the best path for achieving the required 150 credit-hours needed for licensure. By working with your advisor, you can select a four-year path that would require some summer courses. Or you can opt for a five-year program that includes an MBA. Individual advising will help you prepare to take the CPA exam in the specific state desired. Click here for information on various states.
The Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is proud to announce the transformation of the 80,000 square-foot University Center on Main building into the new state-of-the-art business school. The $3 million renovation incorporates ideas from faculty, staff, students and administration. A financial market trading room simulates a New York Stock Exchange trading floor, complete with an electronic stock ticker. Seven smart classrooms, faculty offices, meeting rooms for students and student club space allow plenty of room for collaboration and projects.
Wilkes’ accounting majors regularly participate with their faculty in research projects, learning such skills as constructing questionnaires, interpreting results and developing recommendations. Some examples of student research include:
- Preparing for the Registered Tax Return Preparer Exam
- Accounting Policies and the Economic Impact of Drilling
- Natural Gas Drilling and Managerial Accounting
The Wilkes Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program provides free income tax services for elderly and lower-income taxpayers. This program is sanctioned by the IRS and operated by junior accounting majors who prepare income tax returns on a volunteer basis.
This program provided them with an excellent leadership experience. They gain significant confidence in their ability and enthusiastically encouraged underclassmen to participate in the program. Setting up the program each year provides an opportunity for hands-on experience in operating a business.
In addition to our academic rigorous program, which has a 99.99 percent placement rate, we also emphasize leadership and decision-making through a hands-on process. This is why our students are required to complete a formal internship experience. Graduates from our program have interned at:
- Kronick Kalada Berdy & Company
- Baker Tilly
- McGrail Merkel Quinn
The accounting program continually receives positive feedback from alumni as well as businesses that hire Wilkes students. Recent graduates have taken positions at:
- Kellogg Company
- Ernst & Young
- Baker Tilly
- Fulton Financial Corporation
- McGrail Merkel Quinn
- Internal Revenue Service
The Bachelor of Science in Accounting program of the Jay S. Sidhu School of Business and Leadership is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.