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Economics and Accounting

Through small class sizes, one-on-one interaction, and practical application, Holy Cross students in the economics and accounting department learn the tools necessary to interpret the fascinating and intricate workings of the local, national and international economy (economics) and how financial information is developed for and used by decision makers in the economy (accounting). Faculty are dedicated teachers and scholars who work closely with students to teach them invaluable tools — how to think, problem solve and critically look at issues.

The economics and accounting department has 20 full-time faculty members, making it one of the largest among liberal arts colleges. Students can select from either a major in economics or accounting, both of which are very popular on campus. (Students cannot major in both.) The department also has a select honors program. In both subject matter and methods, economics majors learn important and powerful insights into the human experience, which leads to research opportunities as undergraduates and careers in consulting finance, law, health care and government. Accounting majors receive a unique opportunity to complete a program in accounting within the environment of one of the country's leading liberal arts institutions. Over the last five years, approximately 70 percent of the majors have accepted positions with the four large international public accounting firms. 

Program Highlights

In addition to core principle classes in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and accounting, students can learn about:
  • economics of war and peace 
  • sports economics
  • econometrics
  • corporation finance
  • environmental economics
  • government and nonprofit accounting
  • taxation
  • economics of the arts
  • accounting information systems
  • operations research

Economics and Accounting News

Recent Alumnus Among Top CPA Exam Scorers in the Nation

May 11, 2017

After earning one of the highest CPA Exam scores in the country, recent College of the Holy Cross graduate Alexander Khan ’16 received the 2016 Elijah Watt Sells Award from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). Khan is …

Holy Cross Academic Conference 2017 to Showcase Student Work

Apr 21, 2017

As the academic year nears its end, more than 350 students will present the results of their independent work in the performing and visual arts, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences at the 2017 Academic Conference, taking place across campus …