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Accounting Overview

In Chatham's BA in accounting, you'll develop a strong understanding of accounting and business concepts in order to communicate critical financial information and analyze it for business and enterprise decision-making. The accounting major provides a strong foundation in financial accounting (external focus); managerial accounting (internal focus); accounting information systems and analysis; taxation; and internal controls/auditing. You'll also develop critical thinking and analytical skills, communication skills, research skills, and information systems skills to provide the foundation for continued education and growth throughout your career.
Degrees Offered
  • BA
Program School

Chatham's small class sizes, ideal location, and involved professors made choosing Chatham an easy choice! Chatham's accounting major and professors continuously help open so many opportunities for me to continue to grow and learn as a young accountant.


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Second Place at the IIA/PICPA Case Competition

An undergraduate team from Chatham won second place ($1,200) at the IIA (Institute of Internal Auditors)/PICPA Case Competition! Judges offered unsolicited comments noting the "engaging" style, "out of the box" thinking and thoughtful answers to their questions. The competition included 20 institutions and 99 students from the region.

Explore the Accounting Degree:


The course engages the student in a study of auditing objectives, standards, and procedures employed in the examination of business enterprises and verification of their financial statements. Topics include an evaluation of internal control, preparation of work papers, report writing, professional ethics, and current auditing trends.

Cost Analysis

This course introduces students to the role cost considerations play in management decision making. Topics include the classification and allocation of costs, job order and process costing, standard costs, budgeting and planning, cost-volume-profit analysis, and using costs as performance measurements.

Accounting Information Systems

This course examines critical business processes and IT audits through theories of Accounting Information Systems (AIS) and using auditing tools and enterprise systems. Case analyses and project assignments nurture professional competence in communicating objectives and procedures through systems documentation techniques, systems analysis and design methodologies, and information processing.

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Our Faculty

Experienced faculty with current accounting and finance skills facilitate students’ application of accounting in today’s environment.

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College of Distinction

Chatham has been named a College of Distinction for its Business degrees, recognizing the program for its expert blending of the liberal arts with professional programming in its Business majors.

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Department Mission

The Department of Business & Data Science teaches students the fundamentals of business practice through learning and applying academic content, practicing business skills, and evaluating the context of business decision-making. The Department integrates material and programming incorporating the University’s mission in global understanding and environmental responsibility and prepares students to work as leaders in professional and civic arenas. Through student-centered curricular and co-curricular offerings, the Department assists students to reach their full potential in the business world.

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Student Profile: Nora Moorefield '17

Chatham junior and accounting major, Nora Moorefield ‘17, has been invited to intern with UPMC’s Summer Associates Program—a highly competitive, compensated 11-week internship that exposes college students interested in business or technology-related areas to real-world business opportunities. Read more of Nora's story.