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Earning your economics degree

First year:

  • Students interested in economics should take ECON 101 and ECON 102 during their first year.
  • Students should also begin taking courses to complete their Faculty of Arts breadth requirements and their communication skills requirments.
  • Arts and Business students or Honours Double Majors should also ensure they are completing their program requirements.

Second year:

  • Second year is the time for Arts students to declare their economics major. At this time, students interested in co-operative education must request a co-op plan.
  • Students will begin taking the second year economics course requirements, ECON 211 and ECON 221 which will focus on an introduction to mathematical economics and statistics. ECON 290 focuses on choice, which lies at the heart of all economic models; this course should be taken in the Winter of second year. In addition, students should take electives that work towards both their economics and Faculty of Arts breadth requirements.

Third and fourth year:

  • During third and fourth year, students will continue to take required upper-year courses, as well as elective courses and special topics courses that interest them.
  • Students with an economics average of 75% or above, may wish to work towards an Intensive Specialization.
  • At this time, students should check to make sure they have the required number of courses for graduation. This is a good time to also consider options for the future, such as graduate school!

What programs can I study?

You can choose to study in an Honours or General Economics program. You may also choose to add a minor if you're not majoring in Economics. Learn more about the various program requirements below.

Admission into economics plans

For a full list of program requirements, please see the Arts Undergraduate Calendar.