Students majoring in Accounting are provided with the fundamental courses to prepare them for entrance into the profession of accountancy, including public, private, and governmental careers. The Accounting major prepares students to be flexible, adaptable, and successful by stressing three key components: business sense, critical skills, and personal character. When the three elements are combined with practical experience, students studying Accounting at SJC become prepared for a wide range of successful and rewarding careers in small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations.



BS in Accounting (4 years)


- General Accountancy

- Certified Public Accountancy 

Also available as a minor

Why Accounting?

  • 1According to the US Department of Treasury, a beginning salary for a CPA is approximately $80,000.
  • 2The US Department of Labor asserts, “The continued globalization of business will lead to more demand for accounting expertise.”
  • 3Accountants are given the freedom to decide where they want to work. Accountants typically work for public accounting firms, corporations, the government, or from home.

 Careers in Accounting

  • Financial Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Tax Accountant
  • Management Accountant
  • Lawyer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Northwestern University
  • University of Chicago
  • Indiana University
  • Washington University
  • Ball State University

Why Study Accounting at Saint Joseph’s College?


As an Accounting student at SJC, you can choose one of two tracks:

  1. General Accountancy - our traditional Accounting major
  2. Certified Public Accountancy - a 150 credit hour degree that will allow you to prepare for the CPA exam and includes the Becker CPA Exam Review course

Hands-on Experience

No discipline on campus places a greater portion of its students into full-time internships than Accounting. Students have held internships with:

  • Crowe Horwath, LLP
  • Ernst and Young, LLP
  • First Source Financial
  • Huth Thompson, LLP
  • Franciscan Health - Rensselaer
  • Katz, Sapper and Miller, LLP
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP
  • St. Anthony Medical Center
  • Versos Partners
  • DelPrincipe & Allie, CPA

Dedication to Excellence

Our Accounting major is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to succeed in today's business environment. This is done through in-class and out-of-class experiences, including examining “real life” case studies, participating in on-campus leadership opportunities, and earning hands-on experience through internships. One of the highlights of our CPA track program is a 6-credit hour course designed to prepare students for the CPA exam. Our Accounting major has received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE).


Faculty and Class Size

From the basics to advanced topics, students learn from a dedicated faculty, 100% of whom have CPA credentials and professional field experience. In addition to teaching Accounting classes at SJC, many faculty members also have successful careers. The average class size at the freshman level is 20-25 students, while upper level courses are approximately 10 students. With smaller class sizes, you will receive the kind of personal attention and guidance in your studies and career search that is unmatched at larger institutions.

LaMichelle Sanders '14

LaMichelle Sanders '14

Major: Accounting

Career: Started in July 2014 as a Staff Accountant at Legacy Professionals LLP, Chicago


"The best thing about SJC is the faculty. They gave me tips on landing a job. The professors really care about you and want you to succeed."

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.