Accounting Department

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 which prepares them for a variety of jobs.

The first and second years are spent mainly satisfying the general education requirements necessary to graduate from Washington and Lee University. During that time potential majors should also take introductory economics (Economics 101 and 102), a common Williams School statistics course (Interdepartmental 202), a computer literacy course (Interdepartmental 201), and introductory accounting (Accounting 201 and 202). Economics 101, 102 and Interdepartmental 201 can be taken either year. Students preparing to major in Accounting or Business Administration should plan to take Accounting 201 in the Winter term of their first year if possible. The remaining courses should be taken during the sophomore year. In the sophomore, junior and senior years, 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. Or, the student may elect to attend graduate school. Any member of the department will be happy to discuss the different options.


Monday, September 14, 2015

Williams School Welcomes Nine New Faculty Members

The Williams School announces five new tenure-track faculty and four visiting appointments for the 2015-16 academic year. The following faculty members have been appointed to tenure-track roles: Elicia Cowins, Assistant Professor of Accounting Cowins received her Ph.D. from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was previously a […]

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Accounting Department launches new Reading Days trip to visit Northern Virginia firms

Sophomores and juniors who are interested in careers in accounting are invited to apply for a one-day trip to Northern Virginia over Reading Days. The program will take place at PricewaterhouseCoopers' Tysons Corner office. Alumni from BakerTilly, CohnReznick, EY, Deloitte, and PwC will provide presentations concerning the different service lines. One session will provide an […]

Ge Bai

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

New York Times Editorial Discusses New Study by W&L's Bai

The New York Times editorial on June 16 discusses a new study by Ge Bai, assistant professor of accounting at Washington and Lee University. She is the lead author of "Extreme Markup: The Fifty US Hospitals With The Highest Charge-To-Cost Ratios," that lists the 50 hospitals in the United States with the most extreme price markups. To date, more than 300 media outlets have written about the research.