Prof. Christopher Kwak

Accounting, the language of business;
path to financial literacy; financial intelligence, financial integrity, and financial 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

No Classes this quarter.

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 (+ past courses), please visit the De Anza Accounting Department Syllabi Repository site  . Choose the quarter and year, wait for the page to reload, then look for your Accounting class and professor "Kwak".

Faculty Info


Christopher Kwak, Professor of Accountancy





  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in State of California
  • Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF) by AICPA (American Institute of CPA, New York)
  • Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) by ACFE (Association of CFE, Austin, Texas)
  • M.B.A.,Bachelors, California State University
  • B.A., Korea University

Office Hours

Spring 2018

By appointment.

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