Accounting

Why Major in Accounting?

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.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

What to see how you can graduate in four years? Check out our semester-by-semester degree plan.

Create your own future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.
Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Graduate with experience

At Hastings, accounting majors serve one and sometimes two internships, including one through our exclusive Talent Pool program. Some expand their understanding of the world by studying abroad. Many take advantage of January Term (J-Term) to gather additional experiences and insight that help advance career options. 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.

With smaller class sizes, accounting students aren’t a number »
Mertens ready to take on the accounting world »

Recent internships for Accounting majors

  • Oakeson Steiner Wealth and Retirement
  • Five Points Bank
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Mary Lanning Healthcare

Add expertise to your Accounting degree

Many of our majors pursue additional study in these areas:

  • Economics
  • Business Administration
  • Information systems (minor)

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.

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:

  • Adams Bank and Trust
  • Lutz
  • Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies
  • Aurora Cooperative
  • Countryman Associates
  • Team Concepts

Adding up to Success

Hastings College has partnered with Omaha-based ScoreVision to install a new state-of-the-art scoreboard in Lynn Farrell Arena—and pilot a new internship program. This summer, four Hastings College students are exploring uncharted territory in... more
Greg Mol, an Accounting major from Highlands Ranch, Colorado tells about his experiences with teachers on the Hastings College campus. more
When a friend in Altman Hall found herself frustrated by her accounting homework, then-Hastings College first-year student Dana (Pote) Foote ’96 remembers leafing through the numeral-rich textbook and feeling a click. more
Equipped with outstanding academic and leadership opportunities, Isaac Mertens secured a job before graduating from Hastings College. more