Economics (Associate of Arts)
If you’re interested in the dynamics of the global economy, the Associate of Arts Degree in Economics will deepen your understanding of market-based economies and government policy. Learn about decision-making in the world of business and politics, and examine policies affecting the environment, international trade and public projects.
Participate in discussions and presentations, and engage in classroom lectures to develop and enhance your critical-thinking, writing, research and presentation skills, competencies that are crucial to success in your career or further education.
Get paid, full-time work experience during your studies
Put your skills to work by joining the optional Co-operative Education Program, which alternates semesters of study with paid, full-time work in your field. You’ll earn money while gaining experience, building your resume and getting an employer reference, all before you graduate. To participate in Co-op you need to plan two semesters in advance, so we strongly recommend contacting the Co-op Office at the start of your program.
Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:
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- Successful completion of 60 credits as listed below
- Require a minimum program GPA of 2.00
- 50% (30 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College
- Time limit to complete program graduation requirements: seven (7) years
(Specializations will be noted on the transcript and will not be noted on the credential)
To complete an Associate of Arts Degree with a Specialization in Economics, students must complete:
- 18 or more credits (of the 60 credits required for their associate degree) in Economics
- nine of those 18 credits must be considered second-year courses. To qualify as a second-year course, a course must transfer to one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic, or UNBC) at the second-year level.
- These include such courses as:
- ECON 1103 Globalization and World Economy
- ECON 2280 Introduction to Labour Economics
- ECON 2350 Managerial Economics
- ECON 2408 Money and Banking
- ECON 2460 Environmental Economics
- ECON 2490 Canadian Microeconomic Policy
- ECON 2491 Canadian Macroeconomic Policy
- ECON 3101 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
- ECON 3201 Intermediate Microeconomics
- ECON 3300 International Trade Issues
- ECON 3450 Intermediate Macroeconomics etc.
- The suggested plan of study is that students include ECON 1150 Principles of Microeconomics, and ECON 1250 Principles of Macroeconomics, and FOUR additional ECON courses of which at least three are second-year university transferable economics courses to acquire the “Specialization in Economics” designation and to be prepared for completing a degree. Students wishing to transfer to third-year at a BC university to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) degree are expected to have satisfied the “Flexible Pre-Major” requirements. The Associate of Arts (Economics) degree is designed to satisfy these requirements.
- The Flexible Pre-Major in Economics requires that students take:
- Principles of Microeconomics
- Principles of Macroeconomics
- Two Post-Principles Economics courses (i.e. courses for which Principles of Microeconomics and/or Principles of Macroeconomics are pre-requisite)
- One Calculus course (Calculus I or equivalent)
- One Statistics course (or for UBC, Calculus II or equivalent)
- In total, the Flexible Pre-Major consists of six courses (18 credits or 9 units)
The following are the general requirements for an Associate of Arts Degree at any B.C. college:
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year English* electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Humanities electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Social Sciences electives
- 6 credits (2 courses) first-year Arts** electives
- 18 credits (6 courses) second-year Arts** electives in 2 or more subject areas
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Lab Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Computing Science elective
- 3 credits (1 course) first-year Math, Statistics or Science elective
- 9 credits (3 courses) other University Transfer electives
* English courses include courses in Communications, Creative Writing and Print Futures that transfer to one of the B.C. research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UVic or UNBC) as English credit.
** Arts courses are available in the Faculty of Languages, Literature, and Performing Arts, and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. They are designated as "humanities" or "social sciences" in the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below. Courses in Economics and Mathematics also may be used as Arts electives toward an Associate of Arts Degree. Please see the Associate of Arts Course Classifications table below for further information.
A course is defined by the subject for which it is granted transfer credit at one of the research universities (SFU, UBC, UBC-O, UNBC, or UVic).
- An Arts course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Arts Degree at one of the research universities.
- A Science course is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate of Science Degree or Baccalaureate of Applied Science Degree at one of the research universities.
- The requirements specified above are intended to provide breadth of exposure to a variety of disciplines in both Arts and Sciences. In some instances there may be some ambiguity as to whether a course is in the Humanities or Social Sciences and is an Arts course or a Science course. Most Physical Geography and Mathematics would be designated as Science courses.
- A course in an "other" area is defined as any course in a subject area for which there is a Baccalaureate Degree other than in Arts, Science or Applied Science at one of the research universities.
- A first-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 100-level at one of the research universities.
- A second-year course is defined as a course that has assigned or unassigned transfer credit at the 200-level or higher level at one of the research universities.
- A laboratory science course is one in which a substantial component of instruction involves the study of natural phenomena, either in the laboratory or in the field.
For detailed information you should meet with an Academic Advisor.
Co-operative Education Option:
Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for a Co-operative Education designation. Co-operative Education involves alternating full-time academic and work terms. For information contact the Co-operative Education Office.
Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.
With further education, this credential is a first step towards careers such as:
- Market research analyst
- Population studies analyst
- Compensation and benefits manager
- Credit analyst
- Policy analyst
- Management consultant
- Institutional researcher