Courses for your Economics degree

First-year courses

September to December

  • ECON 101 – Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Arts First requirement 1*
  • Three additional courses

January to April

  • ECON 102 – Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Arts First requirement 2*
  • Three additional courses

 *The Arts First requirement consists of two first-year courses that are capped at 25 students: ARTS 130 – Inquiry and Communication and ARTS 140 – Information and Analysis. Instead of listening to a lecture and trying to capture notes, Arts First courses will have you and your classmates working together to respond to a challenge posed by the instructor.

After first year

40% of the classes you’ll take will be Economics courses. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

Choose from courses that span social sciences, international economic development, public policy, and political science.

Sample upper-year courses

ECON 206 – Money and Banking I
ECON 254 – Economics of Sport
ECON 332 – International Finance
ECON 451 – Law and Economics


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact Jackie Jones our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Next steps