Why select accounting as a major?
Accounting is one of the most popular areas of study in colleges and universities, and one of the fastest-growing professions. The discipline is also a "stepping stone" to many other careers and invaluable for those students desirous of becoming entrepreneurs. Leaders in all areas of society, such as business, entertainment, government, medicine, and sports, seek the professional advice and expertise of accountants before making major business decisions. Accounting is often referred to as the "language of business" because knowledge of accounting is essential in related fields, such as computer science, economics, finance, law, management and marketing. Many accountants advance into senior management positions, become partners in accounting practices, or even become chief financial officers of Fortune 500 companies.
More than 80 percent of our students receive job offers prior to their graduation. Accounting faculty consider job placement an important responsibility, and they invite representatives of firms to various events throughout the academic year to provide networking opportunities for students. All major public accounting firms, many medium- and small-sized accounting firms, a large number of private companies, and governmental agencies recruit our students on campus. The accounting faculty and the Hofstra Career Center partner to prepare students for the interview process.
Many CPA firms offer paid internships to qualified accounting students. Students gain valuable experience from these internships, and many lead to fulltime positions upon graduation. The Frank G. Zarb School of Business may grant credits for qualified internships. Practical experience in accounting is a valuable asset to students, and the faculty assists them in attaining such experience prior to graduation.