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Accounting and Finance Chair Message

Welcome to the Department of Accounting & Finance

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Professor Cynthia E. Bolt
M. Tax, CPA, MTX
Department Chair

Welcome to the Department of Accounting and Finance at The Citadel.  We invite you to explore the variety of opportunities offered in our program. 

Accounting and finance are inter-related fields that measure, analyze and evaluate the performance of an organization. All students in the Baker School of Business take at least one finance and two accounting classes.  For those wanting to focus their career in financial services, we offer both an accounting major and a finance major, providing students with the opportunity to excel in a strong area of study leading to a degree that directly impacts a business’s success.  Citadel alumni have achieved distinguished careers in accounting and finance, blending their academic work with the core values and principles of the institution.

Our program helps you develop the skills for a successful and rewarding career in financial services. The coursework is challenging and practical, with additional opportunities for students to get hands-on experience through internships which may lead to full-time positions after graduation.   Outside speakers, organized field trips, and special seminars supplement our curriculum.  Faculty are dedicated to providing a high-quality educational experience, enhanced by research and professional interaction.

Major in Accounting
In the accounting area you'll study financial and managerial accounting topics, technology and accounting analytics, audit, tax, and commercial law; courses designed to provide the foundation for numerous successful careers.  We have on-campus groups including Beta Alpha Psi and the Accounting Club. The job market includes international consulting firms, accounting firms, banks, the military and government. An accounting degree fulfills many of the academic requirements for well-recognized accounting certifications[1] related to countless career choices. Each year, several students go to graduate school to study for professional licensure such the CPA and CMA.

Major in Finance
The finance major is designed to prepare students for opportunities with financial institutions, investment management firms, hedge funds, certified financial planners, and corporate finance. Students learn from practical experience in managing real money in The Citadel Student-Managed Investment Fund.  Classes include investment management, risk management, and asset valuation. Finance majors will learn to interpret and analyze accounting, economic, and financial data to facilitate decision making. Students land jobs at firms such as JP Morgan, Duke Energy, Chase and a variety of private equity firms, including opportunities in London, Madrid and NYC. 

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Accounting and Finance. We look forward to providing you with the skills needed for a successful career in the financial services industry. If you have further questions, please contact me at


[1] The education requirement for CPA licensure includes 150-credit hours of academic instruction.  The requirement differs from state-to-state. Students interested in seeking CPA or other professional licensure should review state requirements and are encouraged to attend graduate school to fulfill the 150-credit hour requirement.

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