A new College of Business course being offered this fall to all students and majors will examine a simple but often overlooked question: Why do we engage in business?

“ ‘Why Business?’ will take a non-traditional look at business,” said Reed Watson, a professor of practice in economics and one of the course’s instructors. “Traditionally, business education has taught students ‘how’ to be successful as business professionals. That’s obviously important, but with ECON-4980, we want to explore the ‘why’ of business. Does a business career have meaning beyond just making money?”

The course’s three sections will be taught by Watson and Brad Hobbs, faculty in the John E. Walker Department of Economics. Watson emphasized the three-credit course will not be a math-heavy course that some might associate with 3000- and 4000-level economics courses. “The course number isn’t indicative of the subject matter. We will use outside speakers, videos, and discussion to explore fundamental questions about the nature of exchange, market competition and profits.”

All majors and all students, including freshmen and sophomores, can take this course. Overrides are available to students without the listed prerequisites of ECON 3140 and 3150.

“The College of Business already does a world-class job of educating students on how to be successful in business disciplines such as accounting, finance and management, and I would know,” said Watson, a native of Mauldin and a ’04 Clemson economics graduate. “Professor Hobbs and I want to complement that vocational training with a deeper appreciation of business as a vehicle for enriching each other’s lives.”

Seats are still available for the three-section course, which will accommodate about 70 students. Students of all majors and class levels can register now on IROAR. Dean Bobby McCormick has waived the business-course fee for “Why Business?”

For more information on the course, students can contact Watson at reed81@clemson.edu or 864.656.9481, and Hobbs at hobbs4@clemson.edu or 864.656.1904.

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