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Major in Mathematics-Economics

Program Overview

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Department Name

Economics and Mathematics

Department Chairs

Nathan Cook and Thomas Lewis

Department Assistant Name

Ashlee Bullock and Mickey Fray

What is a mathematics-economics degree?

Comprehending – and capitalizing – on the global marketplace requires an understanding of all the forces that animate it. A solid portfolio of analytical skills from mathematical fields backed by an understanding of broader economic theory is an essential combination. Students looking to combine their studies of mathematical ideas with their interest in social sciences should consider the mathematics-economics major.

Why study mathematics-economics at Furman?

At Furman, students benefit from a strong foundation in both disciplines as well as electives and a choice of senior seminar in economics. A small faculty-to-student ratio fosters individual attention and mentoring. Students at all levels are encouraged to strengthen their analytical and quantitative reasoning skills in a supportive environment, with access to subject-specific resource centers and libraries. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

How will you learn?

You’ll get the benefit of small class sizes in a private liberal arts and sciences university – and an education that takes you far beyond classroom lectures. Take advantage of the study away programs to develop new perspectives in a variety of subjects and across cultures. Work with faculty in the summer research programs to break new ground, and explore career opportunities through a diversity of internships. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Careers for mathematics-economics majors

The diverse, high-impact experiences that students have over the course of their four years will shape their future careers as economists, mathematicians, critical thinkers and global citizens. Graduates have gone on to be successful in fields such as:

  • Business analytics
  • Economics
  • International trade
  • International economics and finance
  • Law
  • Investment management
  • Mathematics
  • Operations research
  • Actuarial science
  • Statistics

Mathematics-economics courses and classes: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Empirical Methods in Economics

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Vectors and Matrices

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What our students say:

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“The mathematics-economics major has given me the opportunity to be a part of two fantastic departments and to have close relationships with supportive and energetic professors who are passionate about their fields and how their fields connect to my own Furman path. The interplay between classes in each department has allowed me to apply a mathematical lens to my understanding of economics, giving me a better grasp of the ways that mathematical processes operate in the real world.” — Charlotte Moore ’22

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 mathematics-economics faculty represents decades of study and real-world expertise.

  • Lori Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Lori Alvin

    Lori Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

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  • Jordan Bounds
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Jordan Bounds

    Jordan Bounds
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943629

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  • Liz Bouzarth
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Liz Bouzarth

    Liz Bouzarth
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943628

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  • Roy Bower
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Roy Bower

    Roy Bower
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943633

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  • 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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  • Sarah Bailey Frick
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Sarah Bailey Frick

    Sarah Bailey Frick
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943635

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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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  • John Harris
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics; Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    John Harris

    John Harris
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics; Faculty Director, Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

    Phone Number: 8642943638

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  • Casey Hawthorne
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Casey Hawthorne

    Casey Hawthorne
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943630

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  • Jessica Hennessey
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Jessica Hennessey

    Jessica Hennessey
    Title:

    Associate Professor

    Phone Number: 8642943556

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  • Kevin Hutson
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Kevin Huston

    Kevin Hutson
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943625

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Thomas M. Lewis
    Title:

    Professor, Chair of Mathematics

    Thomas Lewis

    Thomas M. Lewis
    Title:

    Professor, Chair of Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943640

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  • Christian Millichap
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Christian Millichap

    Christian Millichap
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943631

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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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  • Grace Stadnyk
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Grace Stadnyk

    Grace Stadnyk
    Title:

    Assistant Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943636

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  • Mark R. Woodard
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Mark Woodard

    Mark R. Woodard
    Title:

    Professor, Mathematics

    Phone Number: 8642943632

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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

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with a mathematics-economics degree?

    Graduates find many opportunities to take on challenges that shape their careers as economists, mathematicians, critical thinkers and global citizens. The major is appropriate for students interested in pursuing graduate work in economics as well as those who want to pursue employment in fields with a quantitative or economic focus. Graduates often find work in fields such as business analytics, economics, international trade and finance, law, investment management, operations research and statistics. They pursue professions as actuaries, mathematicians, trade officials, investment managers and many others.

    What is the average salary for mathematics-economics majors?

    Mathematics-economics majors can earn an average salary of $76,000 or higher, according to Merrimack University.How long do

    How long does a mathematics-economics degree take?

    Both the B.A. and B.S. programs are four-year programs.

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