The Accounting major is a program that prepares individuals to practice the profession of accounting and to perform related business functions. The program includes instruction in accounting principles and theory, financial accounting, managerial accounting, cost accounting, budget control, tax accounting, legal aspects of accounting, auditing, reporting procedures, statement analysis, planning and consulting, business information systems, accounting research methods, professional standards and ethics, and applications to specific for-profit, public, and non-profit organizations.
Please consult the UMW Undergraduate Catalog for specific and up-to-date major requirements.
Thinking About This Major?
The Center for Career & Professional Development has many tools and resources available to help you choose your major. Below are three of them:
Focus 2: A series of reliable, intuitive, career and education decision-making assessments to help students select a major, explore occupations, make informed career decisions, and take action in their career development.
Skills developed as an Accounting major (via Focus2): Decision making, managing money, mathematics, and reasoning.
What Can I Do With This Major: Learn more about what you can do as an Accounting major! Some areas of career options are public accounting, corporate accounting, government, and non-profit.
Handshake: UMW’s online career management platform that includes the latest jobs from employers hiring at your school. You can search for organizations based on major, location, job type, and many other categories.
Accounting – Current Job Opportunities
Note: Job & Internship opportunities are pulled from UMW’s online job and internship database, Handshake, and update every 12 hours. Log into your UMW Handshake account to find hundreds of other opportunities and events.
Accounting – Current Internship Opportunities
Accounting Graduate Data
Note: Undergraduate outcome data is collected by the UMW Career Center each year. The data is then broken down by major in order to determine how many graduates in each major are employed, attending graduate school, or pursuing a different path within 6 months of graduation.
- “knowledge rate” defines the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities
- “career outcome rate” is the number of graduates who have landed in any of the employment categories (full-time, part-time, internship) in addition to service, military, and continuing education divided by the total number of students for whom an outcome is known.
Accounting Alumni (2016-2020)
Total graduates: 144
Knowledge Rate: 88%
Top 5 Industries:
- Accounting: 42%
- Management & Consulting: 10%
- Real Estate: 4%
- Insurance: 4%
- Healthcare: 3%
Career Outcome Rate: 93%
- Employed Full-time: 73%
- Employed Part-time: 8%
- Grad School: 11%
- Military: <1%
- Seeking Employment: 6%
- Waiting on Grad School: <1%
- Not Seeking: <1%
Where do our Alumni Land?
- Robinson Farmer Cox & Associates
- Kearney & Co
- KWC CPA
- Tate & Tryon
- PBMares LLP
- Ernst & Young
- United Nations Foundation
- College of William & Mary
- Hood College
- North Carolina State University
Alumni Success Stories
UMW alumni are excited to help current students and other alumni succeed in their fields. Below are stories from alumni about their experiences at UMW and after.
STAY TUNED for our Alumni Success Stories.