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Economics: What to Expect

The Economics curriculum in the College of Arts and Sciences provides a strong liberal arts education with specialization in both theoretical and applied economics. Through challenging coursework, you will develop knowledge of core microeconomic and macroeconomic concepts. You will be able to solve basic equations to find equilibrium outcomes and use graphs to understand and interpret economic relationships. You will gain additional experience by preparing a research paper and presenting the results of your research to peers in a classroom environment. You can also choose to pursue additional research and internship opportunities to gain hands-on experience in the field.

The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Economics:

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Calculus I
  • Elementary Statistics
  • Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Senior Seminar in Economics

A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Enhancing your Experience

Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. You may also choose to intern, volunteer, or conduct research abroad. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. Economic majors may be interested in joining The Gamecock Economics Society. This organization serves as a platform for students to apply their economic knowledge outside of the classroom setting and to instill a sense of community between economic students and professionals within the field. Getting involved in an organization that interests you can help you network, meet new friends, and develop leadership skills. Get involved and find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Many Economic majors continue their studies in top-ranked graduate programs at University of South Carolina including Economics, Accounting, and Finance. Others attend law school or medical school.

Internship and Research Opportunities

Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands-on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.

As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.

Career Opportunities

Graduates with degrees in Economics are often employed in banking, manufacturing, insurance, retailing, and economic research. Many also seek local, state, and federal government positions in regional planning and development, employment and labor force analysis, ecology, transportation, and the regulation of industry.

You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.

The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach is available to help you assess your interest areas, make decisions about your career path, and identify the experiences and skills that will help you accomplish your goals. Spur Connections will help you locate mentors from among USC alumni, employers and community members who can provide insights based on their careers and experiences. Early planning and preparation are keys to success.

Additional Resources
College of Arts and Sciences Website
University Career Center
Undergraduate Bulletin