Our department offers a variety of courses and programs that are aimed at meeting the diverse interests and aptitudes of students.

In addition to the BA and BSc programs in Economics, there is a combined BSc Program in Financial Mathematics and Economics (joint with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics).


BA major

The BA major is well-suited for students who wish to combine their study of economics with a broad range of electives in economics and other subjects.

It is recommended for students planning to pursue careers in fields such as finance, business, and accounting, or as preparation for study in professional graduate programs such as law, business administration and public administration.

BSc major

The BSc program supplements the BA program with a number of courses which emphasize the more mathematical and quantitative aspects of economics.

It is best suited for students with an aptitude for mathematics and provides a good starting point for those planning graduate studies in economics and related areas (including finance), or a career in economic research.

Honours BA and BSc

The Honours program offers an enriched experience that includes small designated honours classes, a stimulating environment and an opportunity to engage in research under the personal supervision of faculty.

It is an ideal program for those wanting to pursue graduate studies in economics.

BSc major in financial mathematics and economics

Advanced financial analysis, both theoretical and applied, draws on a range of sophisticated mathematical, statistical and computational methods.

This program is intended to provide students with a strong foundation in these methods and is ideal preparation for further studies in mathematical finance, actuarial science as well as for employment directly in these areas.

This program is offered jointly with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics and is aimed at students with an aptitude for mathematics.


The Minor in Economics is designed for students majoring in fields outside economics who wish to incorporate a substantive economics component into their program of study.  It does not require technical or quantitative courses unlike a Major in Economics.

Students can choose courses from our upper level offerings that build a framework for thinking about key public policy issues, including health care, environmental issues, education, macroeconomic management, and trade and globalization.  Most of our third year courses have prerequisites that can be easily met by students doing a Minor in Economics. 

Students completing a Major in a writing intensive field may apply to the to request a waiver of the ECON 225 requirements.

The Minor in Economics is intended for students interested in pursuing a career in public policy as well as for students who simply wish to have a better understanding of the key policy debates that affect their lives as citizen on a daily basis.