The Department of Economics at Furman emphasizes the development of analytical and communication skills through its classes and beyond-the-classroom activities. These skills will be invaluable for you, whether you attend law school or graduate school, or pursue a career in business, government, or a non-profit enterprise right after graduation.
The department’s excellent faculty and diverse student population combine with abundant research opportunities and internships, a study abroad program, and state-of-the-art facilities to provide students with a college experience rich in engaged learning.
If you’re interested in economics, you may decide to major in Economics or Mathematics-Economics, or you may select one of several other majors and concentrations that have an economics component, such as Women’s Studies or Environmental Studies.
What Can I Do with an Economics Degree?
The better question may be, “What can’t I do with an economics degree?” More than fifty students major in economics at Furman, and their career plans are as diverse as their personalities. They include attending law school, becoming a certified financial planner, becoming an actuary, pursuing an M.B.A., working in the financial industry (banking and investments), attending medical school, working for a government agency, working as a research associate for a “think tank,” pharmaceutical sales, urban and economic development, and pursuing a Ph.D. or M.A. in economics. The true value of the economics degree at Furman is its broad applicability in business, law, government, and the not-for-profit sector.
Beyond the Classroom
The Economics Department resides in Hipp Hall, the first LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building in South Carolina. Our 26-workstation computer lab supports analytical and engaged learning activities in economics. Lab software includes SPSS, Stata, and EViews for statistical analysis and econometric modeling, Arcview for geographic information systems analysis, Microsoft Office, and several popular web browsers. Students with laptops will appreciate Hipp Hall’s wireless networking capabilities.