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Economics, B.A. / B.S.

College of Arts and Sciences

Our economics program prepares you to solve problems through critical thinking, data analysis and a broad understanding of society, culture and the way people make decisions driven by incentives.

Economics is flexible, as it teaches you to explore problems and find solutions. A foundation in economics is perfect for students interested in business, entrepreneurship, law, data analytics or public policy. You can choose a B.A. or B.S. degree based on your interests.

Program Highlights

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    Economics Scholar Program

    Join two exclusive seminar classes to work on original research and real-world data projects.

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    Data Analytics Class

    Gain a solid understanding of the emerging field of data analytics with our specialized course.

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    Undergraduate Research

    Pursue your personal research interests in collaboration with expert economics faculty members.

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    Flexible Degrees

    Focus on data analysis in the B.S. degree, or explore people and culture plus data skills in the B.A.

What You’ll Study

In addition to our core classes on data analysis, we offer environmental, health and experimental economics courses where you will work alongside students from other disciplines, too. We also offer an accelerated master's program in which you can earn graduate credits and complete your next degree quickly.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Evaluate Policies

    Examining their impact and effectiveness in achieving specific goals or objectives

    Analytical Reasoning

    Breaking down complex problems or situations to identify patterns, connections and solutions

    Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

  • Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

    Decision-making Expertise

    Applying critical thinking and analytical skills to make informed and effective decisions

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Learn how alumni use degrees with outcome data from Gamecock GradStats, a service of the University of South Carolina Career Center.

Potential Careers

  • Actuary
  • Entrepreneur
  • Data Analyst
  • Public Policy Analyst
  • Health Care Administrator
  • Educator

Job Titles of Alumni

  • Financial Advisor
  • Financial Analyst
  • Audit Associate
  • Financial Planning Specialist
  • Collateral Specialist
  • Payroll Specialist

Average Alumni Salary

Five to 10 years after graduation without additional education $77,872

Workplace Settings

  • Business
  • Law
  • Public Policy
  • Academia
  • Health Care

Employers of Alumni

  • Wells Fargo
  • Ally
  • Fidelity Investments
  • MassMutual Carolinas
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Honda Financial

I love the way that economics combines social science with math, explaining human behavior and decision-making through graphs and equations. I enjoyed every economics class I took, from my first semester to my last.

Evelyn Morris
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