Economics (BA)

VIU International, Canada

economics-ba

Next enrollment cycle

September 2022

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First Year Course Fee

USD 13,572

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Economics touches every aspect of our lives – from decisions we make as individuals and in our families, to decisions made in the public and business sectors. Economists understand how choices make an impact and can contribute to making better choices.

Are you curious about the complexities of business and how economics shapes the world around us? A Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics at VIU starts with a theoretical groundwork and transitions into a practical analysis of real-world and current policy issues from an economic perspective.

Graduates with a Bachelor of Economics go on to pursue rewarding careers as economists, financial planners, data analysts, chartered accountants and more, working in government agencies and private sectors.

Economics has been defined as the study of the way in which human beings, separately and collectively, satisfy their limitless wants with limited resources. Its methods of analysis straddle Arts and Science, theory and policy, and provide a fascinating mechanism for interpreting human behaviour.

Economic issues are concerned with many different areas of our lives, from government policies to the environment to the prices of everyday items we buy daily. In the process of studying economics, students will learn mathematics, communication, reasoning, and computer skills. Such skills will become valuable assets in any area of future employment.

On a global scale, economics also has a lot to say about the human condition. Economics is the only discipline in the broad areas of Social Sciences and Business that is awarded the Nobel Prize. One of the identifying features of economics is the efficient use of resources, leading to improvements in the living standards of ordinary people around the world.

Enrollment Cycles

  • September 2022
  • January 2022
Students in the Economics Major and Minor will be required to complete first year MATH courses that require Mathematics 11 or 12 as a prerequisite. Students are advised to check the MATH courses to confirm they have met the prerequisite requirements.
Students intending to pursue graduate studies in Economics are advised to take additional MATH courses as electives to ensure their eligibility to enter such programs.

Requirements for a Major

Years 1 and 2

Required courses:
(Principles of Microeconomic Theory)
(Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)
 

Math options:
- (Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences) or (Introduction to Statistics) or Statistics I) or
Business Statistics I)

Calculus options:

(Calculus with Economic and Business Applications I) or 
(Calculus I) or
(Calculus for Engineering and Physical Sciences I)

Years 3 and 4
Required courses:
(Money, Banking and Financial Institutions)
(Intermediate Microeconomic Theory)
(Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory)
(Special Topics in Microeconomic Analysis)
(Special Topics in Macroeconomic Analysis)
(Econometrics)

Upper-level Economics electives:

Select four upper-level Economics* courses from:
(International Trade)
(Economic Development)
(Economies in Transition)
(Environmental Economics)
(Government Spending and Taxation)
(The Transnational Corporation)
(Regional Economic Analysis)
(International Finance)

Requirements for a Minor

Years 1 and 2
Required courses:
(Principles of Microeconomic Theory)
(Principles of Macroeconomic Theory)


Math options:

(Introduction to Statistics for Social Sciences) or 
(Introduction to Statistics) or
(Statistics I)

Calculus options:

(Calculus with Economic and Business Applications I) or 
(Calculus I)
Years 3 and 4: Students are required to complete 18 credits of Economics courses numbered 300 and above.

Years 3 and 4
Minimum of 18 credits of Economics courses* numbered 300 and above.
 

Fees for One Year* Amount Tuition (30 credits x $156.80 per credit) 4,704.00 

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition) 188.16 

Student Services fee (30 credits x $6.93 per credit) 207.90 

VIU Students' Union fee (8 months x $20.90 per month) 167.20 

Health and Dental Plan fee ($275.00 per year) 275.00 

Approximate cost for books and supplies for one year 1,500.00 

Total 7,042.26

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