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Department of Economics

Undergraduate Information

Majoring in economics will prepare you for a wide variety of career options. Fields traditionally entered by economics majors are law, politics, banking, academia and government service. The common aspect of these diverse fields is their emphasis on analytical skills.

If you want to begin your career right away, you should know that economics majors offer potential employers a set of skills that are valuable in just about every imaginable field. The most common first job for our graduates is in banking and finance, but Clemson economics majors are well represented in management and marketing positions as well. Alumni of our department also hold key positions in government at both the state and federal levels.

If you want to get an MBA degree, you should be aware that the top business schools favor applicants with strong analytical and quantitative skills. The study of economics offers you one of the best opportunities to develop those skills.

If you want to go to law school, you'll want to know which majors offer the best pre-law training. Along with your grades, the most important factor in law school admissions is the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). A recent national study found that economics majors consistently perform better on the LSAT, on average, than students majoring in any other subject. The likely reason for this is that the LSAT is largely a test of logical reasoning skills, which economics majors have spent years developing. No LSAT-prep course is an adequate substitute for the training you will receive in the economics department. Perhaps that's why recent Clemson economics majors have been offered admissions to and excelled at, the law schools of Chicago, Harvard, Duke, Emory, UNC, Virginia and Yale.

Please see the Economics (B.S./B.A.) Degree website for additional program information.

John E. Walker Department of Economics
John E. Walker Department of Economics | 320 Wilbur O. and Ann Powers Hall, Clemson, S.C. 29634