Our one-semester Introduction to Economics (ECN 111) course welcomes all Furman students, and contributes to Furman’s General Education requirement in the empirical study of human behavior and social relations (HB).

Economics electives invite students to explore the diverse fields of economics, and contribute to interdisciplinary programs including Africana Studies, Asian Studies, Environmental Studies, Medicine, Health, and Culture, Poverty Studies, Urban Studies, and Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Examples of economics electives include:

  • Behavioral Economics
  • Economics of Gender
  • Economics of Poverty and Inequality
  • Economics of the Environment
  • Health Economics
  • History of Economic Thought
  • International Finance and Macroeconomic Policy
  • Law and Economics
  • Money and Banking
  • Urban Economics

Core economics courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics develop highly applicable skills in analytical reasoning, quantitative methods, and empirical applications. Every student in economics is guaranteed an independent research experience through a semester-long project in ECN 331 (Empirical Methods in Economics), in which you’ll develop your own research question and hypothesis, manage data collection and analysis, and synthesize and present your conclusions. ECN 331 also serves as an elective for the Data Analytics minor.

A Senior Seminar in Economics (ECN 475) provides students a capstone experience in which they apply the skills they have developed through their core economics courses. Recent Senior Seminar topics include:

  • American Economic History
  • Game Theory and Information Economics
  • Economic Forecasting
  • Human Capital
  • The Future of Work
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A degree in economics from Furman prepares you for success in dozens of fields, and provides you with the flexibility to pursue your specific interests.

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Student Research in Economics

Students at Furman have plenty of opportunities to become engaged in undergraduate research, but our department has one good example from this summer to share with you! Lindsey Diehl and Cabot Fowler, two student research...

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Are you wondering what tools you will gain as a student of economics and how they will apply to your future career? And are you wondering about some of the different paths you could pursue?...

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