A bachelor’s degree in Economics provides a thorough understanding of business, society, and public policy and prepares students for a wide range of careers. By combining general education courses and a strong course of study in economics, students can prepare for graduate studies in business, law, or any of the social sciences, as well as for careers in business and government.
The Bachelor of Arts degree emphasizes modern language skills and offers students maximum freedom to tailor their course of study to their specific interests and career goals. A broad choice of minors is available for this program. The Bachelor of Arts program requires 30 credit hours in economics, which should be satisfied by completing ECON 2110 , ECON 2120 , and 24 credits of coursework above the sophomore level. Bachelor of Arts majors must complete ECON 3140 and ECON 3150 . ECON 4050 is strongly recommended but not required.
A minor field is required of students in both the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degree programs. Economics majors may choose, in consultation with their advisors, any of the College-approved Minors .
Students who wish to combine the curriculum in Economics with secondary-school teaching should take the degree in Education with a teaching area in Economics. The courses taken will be those required for teaching certification as specified by the South Carolina Department of Education, as well as those required for an Economics major.
Combined Bachelor’s/Master’s Plan
The Department of Economics allows students to count up to 12 hours of graduate credit (8000-level courses) toward both the bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students participating in this program must have a minimum grade-point average of 3.4 and be admitted to the Graduate School prior to registering for graduate courses. Details of the suggested curriculum and program information are available from the Department of Economics http://clemson.edu/business/economics.
Dual Degree Program with Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium
The Economics Department has a dual degree program with the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium. Students spend one semester taking courses at the University of Maastricht in The Netherlands and two semesters at UCL in Louvain la Neuve, Belgium. The instruction at Maastricht is in English, and the instruction at UCL is in French. After returning to Clemson to complete their studies, students will earn bachelor degrees from both Clemson and UCL. Students must be proficient in French to participate in the program. Interested students should contact the Department of Economics at http://clemson.edu/business/economics for information.
Change of Major into Bachelor of Arts in Economics
Students who change majors into Bachelor of Arts in Economics must have a 2.0 minimum Clemson/Bridge cumulative grade-point average.
Total Semester Hours: 120
1 The following sequences are also acceptable: MATH 1060 /MATH 1080 ; and MATH 1060 /MATH 2070 . Students considering a graduate degree in Economics should begin with MATH 1060 .
2 Students must complete through 2020 in a modern language. See Modern Languages Requirement at Clemson University statement in Academic Regulations .
3 See General Education Requirements .
4 See General Education Requirements . This requirement may be satisfied by other courses in the curriculum. In this case, elective hours must be substituted.
5 Students considering a graduate degree in Economics or related fields should take MATH 3020 .
6 This course satisfies the General Education Cross-Cultural Awareness requirement.
7 Three credit hours must be selected from ECON 3440 , ECON 3500 , ECON 3600 , ECON 4020 , ECON 4040 , ECON 4100 , ECON 4240 , ECON 4260 , ECON 4350 , ECON 4550 . Note: Only ECON courses numbered 3160 and above may be used to satisfy the Major Requirement.