Economics BA

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Economics BA

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 19,799 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 49,259

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    Economics is a lucrative field of study, and one which is much more exciting and fast moving than it may appear. Businesses of all kinds need skilled economic analysts to help them craft competitive business strategies, and organisations in the public sector need nearly as many skilled economists to administer development programs, develop better economic policies and regulate business and industry. 

    A BA in Economics from Waterloo University will give you a wide range of general economic and research skills. It will also let you develop the kind of narrowly focused specialty you’ll need to make a professional or academic career for yourself. 

    You’ll study both micro and macroeconomics, labour economics, public policy, finance and the unique ways economics interacts with fields like health care, sport and more. 

    You’ll also have access to a co-operative study program where you can graduate with as many as 20 months of real world experience under your belt – a huge employability boost. 

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

    Year 1 Modules Include:

    • Principles of Economics
    • Introduction to Microeconomics
    • Introduction to Macroeconomics

    Year 2 Modules Include:

    • Economic Growth and Development 1
    • Economics of Sport
    • History of Economic Thought
    • Introduction to Game Theory
    • Introduction to Health Economics
    • Introduction to International Economics
    • Introduction to Mathematical Economics
    • Introduction to Public Economics
    • Introduction to the Economics of Natural Resources
    • Microeconomic Theory for Business and Policy
    • Models of Choice in Competitive Markets
    • Money and Banking 1
    • Philosophy of Economics
    • Statistics for Economists

    Year 3 Modules Include:

    • Macroeconomics
    • Mathematical Economics
    • Econometric Analysis 1 & 2
    • International Finance
    • Labour Economics
    • Environmental Economics
    • Cost-Benefit Analysis and Project Evaluation
    • The Economics of Social Problems
    • Gender and Economics
    • Business Finance 1 & 2
    • Special Topics
    • Equilibrium in Market Economies
    • Strategic Situations and Welfare Economics
    • Market Failures

    Year 4 Modules Include:

    • Microeconomic Theory 3
    • Money and Banking 2
    • Economic Growth and Development 2
    • Business Cycles
    • Workers, Jobs, and Wages
    • Topics in Game Theory
    • Econometric Theory

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Waterloo’s BA program in Economics is delivered primarily through lectures and seminars, though you will participate in skills workshops and special events as well. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    All of Waterloo’s degree programs focus in ‘the three Es’, Education, Experience and Employment. They include extensive work based and co-operative education options which yield valuable hand-on experience and improve neatly any CV. 

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you well for a wide range of graduate degree programs, or for almost any career which requires an understanding of the way money flows through modern markets. Recent graduates for UWaterloo’s Economics program have become Lead Developers, Quality Assurance Analysts, Program Analysts, Product Managers, Developer Advocates, Agile Engineers, Business Analysts and Risk Modelling Analysts at organisations like BMO Bank, IBM Canada, Dropbox, Google and TD Bank. 

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BA degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a high school program at a Canadian secondary school, or the international equivalent. Great weight will be given to the GPA earned by your final year.

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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