Accounting (B.S.)

Accounting majors at Davis & Elkins College can expect multiple opportunities in the job market. Upon graduation they can expect to be able to apply for the following types of positions: public accountant, management accountant, internal auditor and forensic accountant, FBI special agent, chief financial officer, small business owner and government accountant.

Career Outlook

According to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the employment of accountants and auditors is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations through the year 2018. In addition, the U.S. Department of Labor expects accounting careers to grow 22 percent between 2008 and 2018.

Accountants have good job opportunities. This is because there will be new and changing laws that will increase the need for accountants; also, there will be more private companies that will need accountants. Accountants who have a lot of special skills, such as certified public accountants (CPAs) and certified management accountants, should have the easiest time finding a job.


Internships provide opportunities for Business and Entrepreneurship students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom while making meaningful contributions to the organization for which they work.

D&E’s Division of Business and Entrepreneurship is very supportive of student internships. Students learn of internships through announcements from the College’s Office of Career Services & Student Employment, and the Division of Business and Entrepreneurship. Students also find internship opportunities on their own through family and friends, professional acquaintances, and internet sources.

Students may participate in internships throughout any semester, though most are completed during the summer, typically for 10 weeks. Interns work with the Director of Career Services & Student Employment to develop an internship proposal. In addition to the work on the job, interns write a reflective journal and complete either a research or experience paper. All divisional internships involve some research in the literature of the field in which the internship takes place.

Independent Studies

Independent studies allow students to study topics that are not part of the regular curriculum. Independent studies require students work closely with a faculty member in the area in which the independent study is to be done.

Student Employment

Student work-study positions are available. Contact D&E’s Student Employment Director for further information.



Davis & Elkins College has received specialized accreditation for its business programs through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE), located in Olathe, Kansas. Click here to read the current Student Learning Outcome results.

The business and business-related programs in the following degrees are accredited by the IACBE:

Bachelor of Science
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing
Bachelor of Arts
  • Hospitality Management
Associate in Science
  • Business Administration
  • Accounting
Associate in Arts
  • Hospitality Management
Academic Minor
  • Railway Heritage Tourism

In order to more accurately reflect changes made in our curriculum that would capture meaningful student learning outcome data, our department asked to defer our self-study for one academic year. This was denied; the department is therefore on probation until the Board of Commissioners reviews our self-study documents (sent for November 2016 review) and upon completion of a site visit in 2017 and a final review. The majors and all courses are fully accredited during this time period.


Students Providing Free Income Tax Preparation

D&E accounting students are offering free income tax preparation assistance through the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA).


Student Achieves Top Award in Business Simulation Competition

Senior Oliver Bienias was named Industry Champion in a simulated business competition with hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the world.


Students Excel at W.Va. CPA Recruiting Fair

D&E recently made its debut at the West Virginia Society of CPAs annual recruiting fair and students showed marked achievement in their presentations.


Gresak Receives Becker Scholarship

Junior Mia Gresak has been selected to receive the Becker CPA Review Full Scholarship, an award that offers access to the Becker CPA Exam Review and is valued at more than $3,200.


Students Take Top Awards at PBL Conference

D&E students achieved top honors at the Phi Beta Lambda State Leadership Conference. The event tests students’ business knowledge in a broad range of career-related areas.


D&E, National Railway Chapter Partner to Offer Internship

The Center for Railway Tourism at D&E and the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society have partnered to create an internship providing experience to an accounting student.