Degree Type Bachelor of Science
Department Accounting
Academic Division The Williams School
Offerings Major
The accounting major at Washington and Lee University builds on the liberal arts course foundation, increasing analytical and communication skills while providing knowledge necessary to work in any number of business areas. Majors take a combination of accounting, economics and business administration courses.

About the Major

First-year and sophomore students spend most of their class time satisfying general education requirements necessary to earn a diploma from Washington and Lee University. In the sophomore, junior and senior years, accounting majors take a core of five business administration courses and at least six upper-level accounting courses. Students wishing to work in public accounting are required to have 150 hours of college credits to sit for the CPA Examination in most states. To earn these credits, majors may bring in advanced placement credits, attend summer school and elect to overload. Alternatively, the student may elect to attend graduate school. W&L has agreements with a number of highly rated graduate programs who recruit our students, including U.Va., Wake Forest, Notre Dame and the University of Texas.

Opportunities for Students

Accounting majors are encouraged to have a well-rounded undergraduate education experience, including study abroad. There is a unique study opportunity in the Winter and Spring Terms for sophomores and juniors majoring in accounting in Sydney, Australia and summer internship and study opportunities in Cape Town and London.

During the summers, Washington and Lee students serve as interns at all of the Big Four accounting firms, a number of the major investment banks as well as other accounting and financial firms across the country.

W&L also participates in a summer internship/academic program that offers a variety of internship opportunities in London.

The Liberal Arts at Work

"Having seen the role of finance and business in policy, I decided I need to gain a deeper understanding of money in general. Accounting, the language of business, served as a great fit because it showed me how people analyze and think about the exchange of money."

Dannick Kenon Class of 2019

Afshad Irani

Department Head

Joy Swartz

Administrative Assistant

Everyone Needs an Accountant

After W&L
About one-third of our graduates are recruited by Big Four accounting firms. Another third join prestigious investment and commercial banking firms. The remaining third follow varied paths, including graduate school.

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