Furman economics major

Major in Economics

What is an economics degree?

Economics is about people – the decisions they make as individuals, the social institutions they create, and the complex interactions between them. An economics degree develops broadly transferrable skills in analytical reasoning and quantitative methods that will help you better understand historical trends, interpret today’s headlines and contribute to solving the most pressing human problems in an ever-evolving world.

Why study economics at Furman?

A degree in economics from Furman prepares you for success in dozens of fields and gives you the flexibility to pursue your specific interests. Our graduates excel in management, consulting, policy research, finance, analytics and nonprofits, and are admitted to top law schools and graduate programs in economics, business, finance and operations research. Economics at Furman is tightly integrated with other departments, offering courses that satisfy requirements for programs in data analytics, environmental studies, medicine, health and culture, poverty studies, and women’s, gender and sexuality studies. The adaptability of the major translates to opportunities to add a second area of study – something nearly half our majors choose to do. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

You’ll elevate your critical thinking and problem-solving competencies by developing models to understand wide-ranging human behaviors. And you will develop your communication skills via presentation, discussion, and writing opportunities found in upper-level electives. You’ll dive into digital technology with programming languages like STATA and data visualization tools like Tableau.

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 – a process that fosters leadership and initiative and builds project management skills.

You’ll complement your academic experiences with internships, summer research opportunities, and study away programs that provide exposure to diverse experiences well before you graduate.

Careers for economics majors

As an economics major, you’ll become workforce- or grad school-ready with finely tuned critical thinking, data analysis, quantitative reasoning, digital technology, collaboration, project management, and verbal and written communication skills.

Our alumni have landed positions such as:

  • Accountant
  • Auditor
  • Business analyst
  • Chief executive officer
  • Client relationship associate
  • Credit trading analyst
  • Financial analysis and investment specialist
  • Financial manager
  • Financial risk specialist
  • Financial services sales agent
  • Infantry officer, United States Army
  • Investment performance analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Management analyst
  • Management consultant
  • Market research analyst
  • Marketing manager
  • Mathematics teacher
  • Operations manager
  • Sales analytics reporting analyst
  • Underwriting Analyst

Economics courses

Law and Economics

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Economics of Gender

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Urban Economics

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Economics of the Environment

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Health Economics

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100%
Economics majors who conduct research
78%
Economics majors who participate in at least one internship
70%
Economics majors who study away
46%
Economics majors who pursue a second major

What our students say

Fountains at the entrance of school

“The best thing I took away from Furman was a framework for how to apply intellectual curiosity. Professors at Furman always pushed us to ask questions and never be fully satisfied with the answers. Looking at my job after graduation, our real-world research projects at Furman gave me insight into how the world of data works, outside of just problem sets and theoretical understanding. Having that experience was a big leg up in a world where my work centered on data collection, data integrity and analysis.” – Ryan Tholanikunnel ’12, B.A., economics, and B.A., Spanish; Associate at The Brattle Group

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s economics faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Nathan Cook
    Title:

    John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., Professor of Economics

    Nathan Cook

    Nathan Cook
    Title:

    John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943026

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  • Jessica Hennessey
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Jessica Hennessey

    Jessica Hennessey
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Phone Number: 8642943556

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  • Jason Jones
    Title:

    Professor of Economics

    Jason Jones

    Jason Jones
    Title:

    Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943024

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  • Kailash Khandke
    Title:

    Frederick W. Symmes Professor of Economics

    Kailash Khandke

    Kailash Khandke
    Title:

    Frederick W. Symmes Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943316

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  • Kenneth D. Peterson
    Title:

    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Professor of Economics

    Kenneth D. Peterson

    Kenneth D. Peterson
    Title:

    Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost; Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943043

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  • Jessica Sauve-Syed
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Jessica Sauve-Syed

    Jessica Sauve-Syed
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943187

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  • Jeffrey J. Yankow
    Title:

    David C. Garrett, Jr. Professor of Economics

    Jeffrey Yankow

    Jeffrey J. Yankow
    Title:

    David C. Garrett, Jr. Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642943321

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  • Kelsey Hample
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    Kelsey Hample

    Kelsey Hample
    Title:

    Assistant Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642942630

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  • M. Taha Kasim
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Taha Kasim

    M. Taha Kasim
    Title:

    Robert E. Hughes Assistant Professor of Economics

    Phone Number: 8642942621

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with an economics degree?

    An array of transferable skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, data analysis, quantitative reasoning and project management position you for a wide range of career options in fields such as finance, consulting, education, investing and the nonprofit sphere. Our graduates have landed positions as accountants, auditors, business analysts, chief executive officers, client relationship associates, credit trading analysts, financial analysis and investment specialists, financial managers, financial risk specialist, financial services sales agent, lawyers, and underwriting analysts.

    What is the average salary for economics majors?

    The average annual base salary for a Bachelor of Arts in economics is $78,000 according to Payscale.com.

    How long does it take to earn an economics degree?

    The economics B.A. at Furman is a four-year program.

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