Economics MAJOR

Economics is about much more than money and wealth. It’s about making the best use of resources and learning strategies for making effective decisions. In a way, everyone is an economist—from a child deciding which candy to buy to a country’s leader deciding how to support the nation during a pandemic.

As an economics major, you examine contemporary issues and topics from an economic perspective. You learn that economic principles and foundations are relevant at personal, community, national and global levels.

In this rigorous program, you sharpen your critical thinking skills and expand your mind. You also gain a strong grounding in the economic principles and theories needed in graduate studies or in a career in public, private and non-profit sectors.

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What to expect

In the first two years of this program, you study the foundations of economics and basic economic principles. You also build your analytical skills through courses that focus on economic data management, analysis and interpretation. Classes are a mixture of discussion and lecture, with opportunities to ask questions and explore relevant contemporary economic issues and policies. This format builds toward specific economic areas of study in the third year.

In your third and fourth years, you learn specific topics such as cost and benefit analysis, environmental economics, international trade and finance, money and banking, public finance and resource economics. You engage in seminar-style classes for some of the courses, presenting to classmates and your professors. These formal sessions give you the opportunity to show your mastery of specific economic topics and research skills.

By the time you enter your fourth year, you have discovered various economic policy issues and topics that are of particular interest to you and gained the analytical skills to engage in insightful economic arguments and analysis. You are able to apply these skills to relevant economic topics and make cogent economic arguments. In this final year, you apply what you have learned throughout your degree to a capstone project of your choice. As well, you have the option of completing a field placement course, working with an employer as an economist.

Economics is ... a way of looking at things, an ordering principle, a complete part of everything. It is a system of thought, a life game, an element of pure knowledge.

Courses and requirements

This major is open to students in the Bachelor of Arts. Courses for your major are only one component of the degree requirements you need to graduate. You must complete the courses and requirements outlined in the academic calendar for the year you declare your major/minor or the year you are accepted into an honours program.

Courses & Requirements
Check the academic calendar to find the courses you need to take and the requirements you must fulfill to complete your program.
Academic Calendar
Declare your major/minor

Academic advisors in the Faculty of Arts and Science have prepared resources to help you understand how your major/minor fits within overall degree coursework. Consult the academic planning information to choose and enrol in courses and complete the major/minor declaration process.