You’ll find recent Hastings College Accounting graduates building great careers in public accounting as staff accountants, auditors, managers and partners; and in industry serving as cost analysts, computer installation specialists, controllers, internal auditors and financial advisors. You’ll also find Hastings grads in standard-setting organizations, including the Financial Accounting Standards Board, the Governmental Accounting Standards Board and the International Accounting Standards Committee.
Do challenging, in-demand work
Every business and organization needs a good accountant, from non-profits to small business, from to Fortune 500 companies to sports teams. Careers for Hastings College Accounting graduates involve challenging and in-demand work:
- Maintaining accounting practices
- Preparing asset, liability and related reports
- Recommending financial and business actions
- Building high ethical standards
- Leading diverse teams to coordinate financial reporting
As an Accounting major at Hastings College, you’ll integrate traditional business and accounting knowledge with a broad set of courses across disciplines, equipping you with the tools necessary for today’s changing world. Your advisor will encourage and support you throughout your time at Hastings, helping build a plan to meet the 150 hours of coursework required to take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
Learn the full suite of business skills
You begin with introductory classes in specific business disciplines and conclude with a capstone seminar that integrates everything you’ve learned along the way.
- Organizational Dynamics
- Analytical Skills
- Auditing and Accounting Practices
- Tax Preparation and Planning
Go further with a Hastings education
Thanks to our small class sizes (most have fewer than 20 students!), and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1, you’ll work closely with faculty and your advisor to complete your degree in four years. In fact, most students who graduate from Hastings do so in four years!
Our block-style semester structure means you’ll take just one or two classes at a time — which really lets you focus more intently on each class. It also lets faculty devote more time to every student because they’re only teaching one or two classes in a block!
Graduate with experience
At Hastings, Accounting majors serve one and sometimes two internships, including one through our exclusive Talent Pool program. Every Accounting major completes a capstone project, using case studies to solve real-world challenges. What does all this mean? You’ll graduate from Hastings ready to succeed.
At every step in your path you’ll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It’s an experience that’s true to Hastings College and you won’t find it anywhere else.
Recent internships for Accounting majors
- RSM US LLP
- Oakeson Steiner Wealth and Retirement
- Five Points Bank
- Principal Financial Group
- Mary Lanning Healthcare
All the extras aren't extra
No-cost study abroad — During your third year on campus, you’ll spend a transformational two-week block studying abroad. And thanks to donors, you’ll experience this at no additional cost. France, Ireland, Peru, Spain, Honduras, the United Kingdom…where will you go?
Books included — Afraid of a $400 textbook? No more! We’ve eliminated the high cost of text books by working with our bookstore to provide all required textbooks. This will save you $1,000 or more each year.
iPad + Apple Pencil — We’ll set you up with an iPad and Apple Pencil — and help you learn how to best incorporate these tools into your studies. From digital notes (that you’ll never lose!) to pictures of lab setups, professors and students find creative, new ways to use this perfect combination of technology and teaching every semester!
Get involved beyond the classroom
- Professional Business Leader’s Club
- Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership honor society)
In addition to these business-related groups, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.
Find scholarships for Accounting majors
Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. If you decide to pursue a business-related major, you can apply for the T-L Irrigation/Thom Business Scholarship. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics. The result? Every student receives at least $11,000 in scholarships (but most receive more!).
First employers for recent graduates
For years, Hastings College accounting graduates have accepted jobs or had grad school plans lined up long before graduation. You’ll find recent Hastings College graduates building great careers in places like:
- Almquist, Maltzahn, Galloway & Luth
- Adams Bank and Trust
- Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
- Aurora Cooperative
- Credit Management Services
- Black and Veatch