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Accounting & Information Systems Department

Accounting Major: 130 credit hours (32.5 course units)

CPA: Accounting Major + a Minor with (5 course units or 20 credits)

Contact info:

Chair – Dr. Sunita Ahlawat; 609-771-3044;

Department Secretary – Monique Clark; 609-771-3063;


Accounting Major

The combination of a strong curriculum and talented students has earned TCNJ’s accounting program the reputation of one of the best accounting programs in the region. Accounting majors typically participate in well-paid winter internships that lead to entry-level jobs upon graduation for careers directly or indirectly involving accounting.

Related aspects that augment the accounting curriculum include:

Introduction to Accounting Profession colloquium: Newly declared accounting majors attend this semester-long colloquium. Students learn about the accounting profession and accounting professionalism directly from accomplished professionals at the Big 4 CPA firms, national and regional firms, industrial companies, and financial services firms. 

Sophomore Career Planning: Students become familiar with resume development, networking and interviewing skills, career opportunities and options within the accounting field, and ethics in the accounting workplace. 

VITA: Students offer free tax return assistance through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program for low-income taxpayers providing a valuable community service while gaining experience in preparing a variety of tax returns.

Capstone Experience: Students learn to integrate seemingly unrelated ideas and perspectives in a research and writing intensive capstone course designed to blend liberal learning principles with accounting.

The Institute of Management Accountants Student Chapter (IMASC): Students have the opportunity to interact with each other, visit professionals and meet with professors in a non-academic environment. 

Beta Alpha Psi: This national accounting honor society and professional fraternity promotes the study and practice of accounting and finance, and provides opportunities for self-development, service and association among members and practicing professionals. 

NABA Club: This national organization enables under-represented students to enhance their career potential in accounting and business field and offers opportunities to network with peers and financial professionals. NABA is open to all business majors.


Accounting Curriculum 

Although TCNJ’s current accounting major successfully prepares students for a variety of employment options, most accounting graduates take entry-level positions in public accounting, often with the large international “Big 4” CPA firms. Because strong accounting competencies are also in demand at non-public accounting firms, including financial institutions and industrial corporations, interdisciplinary minor may appeal to students considering other employment choices.

Accounting Program Information for 2015-2016


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Recommended Minors

Financial Services and Corporate Accounting

A minor in finance may appeal to students seeking accounting positions at financial services firms and industrial corporations. For some time representatives from these companies have sought TCNJ students with a strong accounting and business valuation background. External constituencies suggest that a healthy dose of finance will strengthen these students and make them even more attractive.

Information Systems

A minor in computer science may appeal to students seeking accounting positions with information systems specialty. Global risk management (GRM) is motivating public accounting firms to seek graduates who possess strong systems skills in addition to understanding of accounting. GRM is becoming an important element in the conduct of the financial audit by way of assessing accounting system and computer risks that impact the financial statements of the organization and by evaluating internal controls in place to minimize such risks.


A minor in other areas like communication and psychology may appeal to those looking to work for the FBI or IRS.


Transfer Credit Policy

Students who enroll in the Accounting degree program must take ALL required accounting courses at TCNJ. Under exceptional circumstances (such as participation in a full time Co-op program or a semester studying abroad), the Department will consider alternate arrangements for a course; however, this will be done on a case-by-case basis and Department pre-approval is required. Students who plan on completing a Co-op program or studying abroad must request department approval in writing during the semester prior to the Co-op or study abroad experience. Accounting courses taken at another institution without Department pre-approval will not be substituted for a TCNJ Accounting course and will not count toward the degree.

Adopted: October 2011


ACC498 – Capstone Course

By its nature as a culminating experience, the ACC 498 Senior Accounting Capstone course is to be taken in the last semester. If the student is graduating in May, he/she takes it in the Spring semester; if the student is graduating in December, he/she will take it in the Fall. The department will offer a Capstone section in the Fall to ensure all majors have ample access to complete their degree requirements. It is integral to the purpose of the course that you have completed a sufficient amount of Accounting credits to maximize the learning experience. Students need to plan taking this course according to their graduating semester.

Adopted: November 2011


Our Strategies

We maintain high quality, innovative, and relevant curricula.
We develop in students the capability to identify problems, gather and interpret information, evaluate alternatives, and to formulate and communicate solutions.
We mentor students and facilitate educational and professional opportunities to encourage students to pursue accounting careers.
We recruit and develop outstanding, diverse faculty.