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Economics Major, Bachelor of Arts

Thompson Rivers University, Canada


Next enrollment cycle

May 2023

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First Year Course Fee

USD 14,260

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  • 4 Years
  • On Campus
  • Undergraduate
  • Degree

Gain the tools you need for management of scarce resources, and the study of decision making. Develop the research skills needed in business today and into the future.

  • You’ll be able to explain why markets such as retail and housing respond the way they do to changes. Be in demand as many industries look to hire graduates with these abilities. They’ll look to you, to problem solve and help them manage the scarce resources that all governments and industries are subject to.
  • Careers in economics are as diverse as they come. You could be involved in researching and analyzing economic data, issues and trends. Employers include all levels of government, non-profits, banks, insurance companies, think tanks and large, multinational companies.
  • Economists examine questions such as what will happen if there’s an increase in gas prices for consumers, or broader questions, such as why are some nations rich while others are much poorer. As a result, develop valuable research skills that allow you to pursue a wider range of careers. Economic majors are highlighly employable, and thus they earn more on average with their bachelor degrees. You’ll study intermediate topics that include consumer choice under different scenarios, factor markets, game theory, imperfect competition, general equilibrium analysis and welfare economics, public goods, and externalities.
  • Understand short-run macroeconomic theory and its applications to contemporary policy issues. Examine the overview of macroeconomics; macroeconomic data; the open economy; economic fluctuations; aggregate demand, including investment savings-liquidity preference money supply curves; aggregate supply, economic stabilization and the effectiveness of fiscal and monetary policy; and money supply and demand.
  • Fees based on (15 credits/5 courses) 

Enrollment Cycles

  • May 2023
  • September 2023
  • January 2024

Open admission

  • Grade 12 (or equivalent) or mature student status
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 with a minimum of 73% (or equivalent)

Admission to each major program may have specific requirements.

  • Recommended: Foundations of Mathematics 11 or higher is strongly recommended for students pursuing Education or a major in Geography and Environmental Studies, Sociology or Psychology
  • Completion of ECON 1900, ECON 1950 and one of the following courses: MATH 1170 or MATH 1140, or equivalent
  • Students usually declare a major before the beginning of their third year of courses, but they must meet specific lower-level requirements to be admitted. All candidates are assigned a Major Program Advisor. Students are expected to meet with their advisor to ensure that they qualify and that appropriate courses are selected.

If you don’t meet the requirements

  • High school graduates can apply and be admitted to this program while upgrading at TRU.
  • Mature students without a high school diploma (or equivalent) can work towards completing their BC High School Graduation Diploma while in this program through TRU courses.
  • Students who do not qualify for mature student status can apply for the TRU University Preparation program to complete their BC High School Graduation Diploma.

Required Economic Courses (21 Credits)

  • Principles of Microeconomics
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 1
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics 1
  • Intermediate Microeconomics 2 Or Intermediate Macroeconomics 2
  • Economic and Business Statistics 1
  • Applied Statistics for Economics (Inactive)
  • Required Math courses:
  • MATH1170-Calculus for Business & Economics or MATH1140-Calculus 1 or Equivalent

Supplementary Arts Requirement (42 Credits), choose one of the following

  • Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • Technical Communication (Inactive)
  • World Regional Geography
  • Geography of the Economic Landscape
  • History of Canada, 1867 to the Present
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Contemporary Moral Issues
  • The Government and Politics of Canada
  • Contemporary Ideologies
  • Any second year POLI course
  • Introduction to Psychology 1
  • Introduction to Sociology I
  • Speech Communications (3) SPEE2500-Professional Presentations
  • Free Form Curriculum Information
  • The Major in Economics requires completion of at least 45 ECON credits of which a minimum of 30 credits must be at the 3000 and 4000 level, with a minimum of 6 at the 4000 level.

Degree/Graduation Requirements.

The Major in Economics program requires the completion of at least:

  • 45 credits in Economics
  • 3 credits in Mathematics
  • 3 credits from disciplines within the Arts Division
  • From the 45 credits in Economics, a minimum of 30 credits must be at the upper level (3000 and 4000 level) of which no less than 6 credits must be at the 4000 level.
  • The program consists of required and elective courses. There are also a number of suggested courses.
  • Tuition $448.65 
  • Fees $191.91 
  • Books and supplies 
  • Typically about $150 per course $150.00
  • Total (CDN) $790.57

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