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College of Arts and Sciences


Economics is the social science that deals with the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services and with the theory and management of economies or economic systems.  Economic analysis may be applied throughout society, as in business, finance, health care, and government, but also to such diverse subjects as crime, education, the family, law, politics, religion, social institutions, war, and science.

At the University of South Carolina, two degree choices in Economics are available: the Business Economics major in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in the Moore School of Business, and the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in the College of Arts & Sciences.

The economics curriculum in the College of Arts & Sciences provides a strong liberal arts education with specialization in both theoretical and applied economics.  The major is completed with 24 semester hours of specified economics courses.

Economics is a career field that offers a wide variety of opportunities, particularly if one holds an advanced degree in economics.   Economists are employed in banking, manufacturing, insurance, retailing, and economic research; in local, state, and federal government positions in regional planning and development; employment and labor force analysis; ecology; transportation; and the regulation of industry; and in teaching economics in secondary schools (in SC, requires teacher certification in secondary social studies.)

Many bachelor’s degree holders will likely find jobs outside the occupation of economist, working instead as research assistants, financial analysts, market analysts, and in similar positions in business and finance.

For more information, contact: Chandini Sankaran, Undergraduate Program Coordinator,

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