From piggybanks to the World Bank, explore what makes economies tick
Get ready to wrestle with important and complex questions: How do you turn a poor country into a rich country? How can we avoid another global financial crisis? What’s the best way for governments to stimulate new industries like biotechnology and green energy?
In first year, you’ll cover the fundamentals of micro- and macro-economics. In upper years, you can analyze how those principles play out in a wide range of sectors, including public policy, labour economics, health economics, finance, sport, and more.
Whether you’re aiming to work in the public sector, the private sector, or academia, your Economics degree from Waterloo will give you the skills and knowledge you need, along with co-op experience to back you up.
- Academic and social support. Whether it’s the mentorship program, a professor-student social, or a games night, Waterloo’s Economics Society organizes supportive social and academic events.
- Build an awesome résumé. Choose the co-op program and graduate with 20 months of relevant experience on top of your academic learning.
- Available as a regular and co-op program
- Available as a major and minor
- Graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics
- Offered by the Faculty of Arts
What will you learn?
During your first year, you'll take two introductory Economics courses. Plus, you'll have electives to explore an additional major of your choosing.
In upper years, 40% of the classes you'll take will be Economics courses.
Learn about courses you'll take for your Economics degree.
Customize your degree
You can add additional areas of expertise to your major by including one or more of the areas of focus in Economics.
- Financial Economics
- Public Policy
Popular areas of focus for Economics students include Financial Economics and Human Resource Management, two of the many minors available to all Waterloo students.
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Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore careers and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Information technology/finance support
- Assistant internal auditor
- SAP merchandising/change management
- Project control officer
- Associate business analyst
- Sales operations coordinator
Sample co-op employers
- KPMG LLP Canada
- Sun Life Financial
- The Co-operators
- Human Resources and Social Development Canada
- Ontario Ministry of Infrastructure
What can you do with an economics degree?
Graduates commonly pursue careers in government, finance, investment, and consulting. They often work in government agencies, financial companies, consulting firms, and more.
- Economist – Statistics Canada
- Supervisor Entitlements – RBC Investor Services
- Commercial Analyst – Meridian Credit Union
- Senior Risk Manager – TD Securities
- Trader - Gordon Capital Corporation
Learn about the future of careers in business.
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- any Grade 12 U English (minimum final grade of at least 70%)
Mathematics of Data Management is recommended as helpful background for the program.
Admission average: Low 80s (co-op and regular)
Not studying in Ontario? Search our admission requirements.
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Questions about courses, programs, requirements, careers?
Please contact Sam Boehmer, our Faculty of Arts recruitment coordinator who can answer any questions you have.