Economics is concerned with how societies provide for the well-being of their citizens and residents, along with public policies to promote well-being. Faculty members in the Department of Economics are excellent teachers and committed to providing students with an active learning and inclusive environment, and to developing knowledge of contemporary issues and practical thinking skills. Economics courses address a range of current issues, such as: what are the impacts of carbon taxes? How can health care be efficiently and equitably provided? Should water be privatized? What is the best portfolio choice to maximize my investment?

Our graduates have found well-paying and satisfying careers in various fields in the private and public sectors, as well as successfully undertaking graduate studies.

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Fiona MacPhail
Chair, Department of Economics

Economics Department Welcomes Back Students and Launches New Curricula at Undergraduate and Graduate levels Welcome back to the 2016-17 academic year. I hope that you all had a good summer and were able to enjoy time with
friends and family.

The Economics Department undertook a curricula review last year and the new changes have been approved by Senate. You will have heard about the changes at meetings last year and all of the changes are included in the online calendar on
the UNBC website. Nevertheless, I wanted to highlight some of the main changes for you again:

For the undergraduate program, some important changes are:

  • Changes in the 200 level Economics requirements to include more applied and policy oriented courses;
  • Changes to elective requirements which serve as pathways enabling students to have the opportunity to introduce an element of self-directed curriculum design into their Major at the upper level based on a solid lower level foundation;
  • Streamlining of upper level Economics courses to reflect applied/policy focus;
  • Introduction of new 400 level capstone experiential learning course. This course will enable students to work on a class project with a local organization or business. Service learning is an important component in understanding how to apply classroom learning to real world situations.

The changes are also reflected in changes in the Economics requirements for Joint Major degrees.

The new curriculum is designed to give students the opportunity to apply their curiosity and creativity to real world issues. At the same time, the rigour of the program has been maintained and continues to provide a solid foundation for those intending to pursue graduate work in Economics.

At the graduate level, a new coursework option is now offered in addition to the project and thesis options. The coursework program is based on a minimum 25 credit hours and is now the stream into which students will enter the program. Students wishing to undertake a thesis or project will make application to enter either of these programs of study. The new coursework option is intended to facilitate reducing the time to completion and providing students with greater opportunities to add complementary courses in their areas of interest outside of Economics to their programs of study.

All of the new requirements can be found in the Online Calendar. If any of you have any questions about the new curricula or how to meet to your own graduation requirements, please make an appointment to see me. I would be happy to provide any information you need.

The Economics Faculty are excited to be able to deliver these new curricula and we hope that you will find an Economics degree even more rewarding personally and professionally!

Best wishes,

Dr. Baotai Wang

Chair of Economics