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Economics

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Honours in Economics

Course Sequence | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Economics and Political Science

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

Joint Honours in Mathematics and Economics

Course Sequence | CO-OP | French Immersion

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Description

Ever wonder why some countries are richer than others or why income inequality has been growing in recent years? Why do some companies succeed while others fail? Should health care be provided by the government or by the private sector? Are tuition fees too high?

Economics can help answer all these questions. It provides you with a way to examine how individuals and society make choices in a world where resources are limited. It focuses on the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services.

Since making choices is central to all human activities, studying economics often helps explain why people and governments behave the way they do. In fourth year, you can carry out an off-campus research project in the public or non-profit sector.

General admission requirements

Province Prerequisites Admission averages
ONTARIO

English or Français 4U

Advanced Functions 4U

Calculus and Vectors 4U (strongly recommended)

Note: Students who do not have Calculus 4U may take the equivalent course, MAT 1339, at uOttawa. This course is a prerequisite for MAT 1300.

± 75 %
QUÉBEC / CÉGEP

English (603) or Français (601)

Mathematics (201) Calculus I

Note: Students who do not have Calculus I will need to take the equivalent course, MAT 1339 at uOttawa.

± 65 %
QUÉBEC / SECONDARY V

English or Français

Technical and Scientific option or Natural Sciences option (Secondary V)

Note: A make-up course in Functions and/or Calculus and Vectors at uOttawa is a prerequisite to MAT 1000 level courses.

84 %
Stephanie Renaud

Stephanie Renaud studies Economics and recently received the CO-OP Student of the Year award in recognition of her excellent work during her work placements in the government.

Program highlights

  • Our Department is extremely diverse with professors, researchers, and students from around the world. Their interests lie in areas such as development economics, environmental economics, labour economics, public economics, health economics, macroeconomics, and microeconomics.
  • Our programs prepare students to work in diverse sectors including environmental or public policy, national and international trade, banking, consulting firms, the public sector and international organizations.
  • Our speciality is to educate our students to be able to move beyond ready-made ideas. We help them build academic and professional credibility through the acquisition of solid statistical and analytical skills.

Career opportunities

  • Economist
  • Program officer
  • Public policy analyst
  • Market analyst
  • Industrial or economic development officer
  • Export and import advisor
  • Commercial agent

Course examples

International opportunities

This program provides students with international opportunities as of their third year of study.

Stephanie Renaud

Testimonials

“Economics helps me understand how the world works. It is complex, ever evolving and it has always fascinated me. This program is particularly interesting because of its diverse course offering. By choosing to add the co-op option, I was able to really put my knowledge into practice and it’s proving to be a huge advantage since I’m gaining the required skills to secure my career in this field. Also, I love the idea of being able to take my classes in both official languages because bilingualism is quite an asset for any budding economist who hopes to work within a federal ministry.”

Stephanie Renaud, student 


Francesca Rondina

“Economists are interested in studying the impact of economic policies on people’s lives and how people’s behaviours can influence the effectiveness of these policies. Studying economics allows you to examine these complex interactions, as well as their evolution over time as human life and the environment undergo greater changes.”

Francesca Rondina, professor


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