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FAQs, Accounting

What is accounting?

Accounting is referred to as the “language of business.” Accountants are information providers, traditionally with regards to financial information. Such information (financial and other) is needed to help users of this information make more informed decisions. Today, accountants wear many “hats” and are considered valuable business advisors, not solely financial statement and tax return preparers. You may enjoy accounting if you enjoy numbers, value accuracy, and are analytical and organized.

How does Widener’s program prepare students to meet the 150 credit-hour requirement to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA)?

The School of Business Administration has four options for students to meet the 150 credit-hour requirement. Three of the options allow qualified students to earn 150 credits in four years. The fourth option is a five-year program where the student earns both a bachelor’s and master’s degree to achieve 150 credits. 

How many total credits are required to earn a bachelor’s degree in accounting?

Widener’s accounting degree is 127 credits over eight semesters. Several of our required courses are four credits. If a student meets certain qualifications, he or she can earn an additional three credits per semester at no incremental tuition cost.

Are students able to earn academic credit for internships?

Yes. Students meet with their academic advisor and the director of experiential learning to determine if a given internship will qualify for up to three academic credits.

Are internship credits counted as part of the 150 credit-hour requirement?

Yes, they do count toward the 150 credit-hour requirement. 

Are internships and co-ops required?

Internships and co-ops are not required for the accounting major, but they are recommended so that students can explore career options, develop their skill set, and begin networking with industry professionals. Faculty and staff in the School of Business Administration often offer assistance in helping students find internships and co-ops that suit their interests. 

If I do not want to become a CPA, but still want to major in accounting, what options are recommended?

Although we encourage students to pursue the CPA, we recognize that not all students will choose to do so. We encourage these students to pursue the CMA (certified management accountant) credential since it is highly valued in private industry. We also suggest students consider our forensic accounting minor and look into pursuing career paths in government agencies such as the IRS and FBI.