About Me

Accounting, the language of business;
path to financial literacy; financial intelligence, integrity, and independence
- Christopher Kwak


Professor Kwak is a licensed CPA in the state of California with over 20 years of industry experience in major firms such as Hewlett Packard (HP), PriceWaterhouseCoopers, and Chevron USA, specializing in cost management, financial reporting, mergers & acquisitions, and forensic accounting.

Professor Kwak has held many positions at HP including senior corporate Internal Auditor, senior financial analyst, business control manager, and division Controller. He also worked as a senior associate and an audit manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers, one of the Big Four international accounting/consulting firms, specializing in Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Reporting, Business Litigation and Investigation services, and Start-up and Emerging business advisory services.

Classes I Teach

Summer 2018

10304ACCT 1B61ZFinancial Accounting II
10305ACCT 1C61ZManagerial Accounting

Spring 2018

45849ACCT 1A66ZFinancial Accounting I
42813ACCT 1B8Financial Accounting II
44472ACCT 1B65ZFinancial Accounting II
44473ACCT 5864ZAuditing

Welcome Everyone to Accounting

Sunlight glinting through branches at Muir WoodsIn a Financial Accounting course, we study economic effects (impacts) of business events on financial statements. Accounting is a beaming light to business, shedding lights on to business transactions in order to reveal the true economic substance and implication (whistle-blower accounting, "Think Like an Accountant").

Financial Freedom

Accounting is known as the language of business, which means it is an essential communication tool to be able to 'play' in business world (financial literacy). As your instructor, I would like to help and support your on-going efforts to improve your own financial intelligence (critical-thinking & objective accounting), financial integrity (accountability-responsibility accounting), and financial independence (set you free from shackles in life)

Addition By Subtraction

Briefly, if I may share one of life secrets that I have experienced throughout my life, that is, I have to let go, lightening up, and opening up 'space' in order for something truly invaluable (both financial and non-financial) to be able to come into the 'space' I have cleared up (emptied) for.  In short, I have now named this truth as 'addition by subtraction accounting principle'.

Course Syllabi Online

For the most current course syllabus (Online courses), please visit the De Anza College Syllabi Repository site and search for KWAK.

Faculty Info


Chris Kwak






  • Licensed CPA in State of California
  • M.B.A.,Bachelors, California State University
  • B.A., Korea University

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By appointment.

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