The Department of Economics at St. Thomas brings the strengths of a critical liberal arts education to the study of the economy. We study different ways regions, large and small, manage their resources—whether those resources be financial, natural, goods, or services. The study of Economics takes a critical look at how regions trade, price, consume, and distribute. It is the job of an economist to be an expert in understanding the various economies in which she or he works and to prepare best practice advice for the benefit of his or her region. Our students investigate not only how the economy works, but where it came from, the challenges it creates for social equality and social justice, and how people engage to modify and change existing economic relations.
As a student of Economics, you will learn to navigate through the ebb and flow nature of the economy in which you live and work. You will develop intelligence in making informed decisions and providing meaningful advice related to wealth and resources in your area. You will also sharpen your analytical skills and appreciate the value and limitations of evidence-based arguments and research. At the same time, you will gain advanced communication skills, especially in your capacity to read and analyze academic and technical writing.
We believe that our liberal arts approach to the study of the economy has had some influence over the career paths of our graduates. Several of our graduates work for the public sector where the ability to think analytically, read quickly, communicate clearly, and have a sense of competing interpretations is vitally important. These capabilities are also of value for our students who work as lawyers, teachers, in business, and more.
Economics students at St. Thomas tend to have interests in everything from Political Science to Philosophy, to Journalism, to Public Policy, to Environmental Studies, and Mathematics.
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Not just about numbers, Economics is essential to our understanding of complex contemporary issues.
Economics provides a methodology for analyzing and assessing the material health and well-being of societies and nations. Economic analysis can offer insights into human behaviours and relationships, and aid in societal efforts to use scarce resources in a more efficient manner.
Students who have an interest in careers in business, commerce, finance, or government often choose a program of study in Economics.
Economics courses and modules at Huron will help prepare for graduate school as well as a variety of professions. The Economics program at Huron offers four different modules of study.
Honors Specialization and Major programs are designed for students who wish to work as professional economists or are interested in careers in business, commerce, finance or government. These programs combine theoretical studies with applied work in the discipline.
The Minor in Economic Theory aims to provide students with an introduction to methods of economic analysis and to equip them with the analytical skills needed to examine a variety of social and economic issues.
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Algoma University’s three-year Bachelor of Arts in Economics is a unique program, different from other university programs found across the province. Our faculty is committed to a hands-on learning experience where students are able to establish a personal relationship with their professors. This fosters a very intimate and interactive learning environment.
Our program concentrates on theory, applications, and explorations in current and policy-related issues at the regional, national, and international level. Students will study the roles of governmental, business, and financial institutions, as well as individuals as they interact to determine the distribution of a country’s total range of goods and services. Courses cover a wide array of topic areas, including environmental economic policies, microeconomics, urban economics, economic development, economics of finance, elementary statistical methods for economists, among others.
Upon graduation, students will have a solid foundational working knowledge of various economic and financial terms, concepts, and principles. Students will know how to solve complex problems and distinguish between correct and incorrect applications of economic concepts. They will be able to review, present, and interpret quantitative and qualitative information and will thoroughly understand the limits that exist within the realm of finance and economics. By graduation, they will also have perfected their communication skills and be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the work world.
Aside from academics, Algoma University’s economics program differs from others due to its student body. Algoma University’s student body is one of the most diverse in Canada. With over 24 percent of our students coming from outside of Canada, our student body is reflective of today’s global marketplace. By having such a diverse classroom, students are exposed to new and differing ideals and opinions, in regard to laws, customs, and finance. Thus, our classrooms reflect the real world. Once students have graduated from the program, they will have an understanding of economics and how to work with a diverse clientele – both of which are assets to resumes. Plus, Algoma U grads know the benefits of working in a diverse workplace, a key question asked in interviews by employers in today’s competitive workforce.
Algoma University offers flexible programming as well. Whether students want to study on a full-time or part-time basis, or take advantage of the co-operative education opportunities, students can complete the requirements for their economics degree day or night. Spring and summer term courses also provide added flexibility. Thus, students can achieve real experience in the work world while still working toward completing their degree.
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Economists are central players in setting government policy — from social programs to economic development. In the private sector, they contribute to market research for new products, evaluate the impact of mergers, and assess tax policy. If you’re interested in human resources, the environment, international development, international financial markets, or money and banking, you might consider a major in Economics.
At Saint Mary’s, you can choose to pursue a major or honours in Economics within a Bachelor of Commerce or a Bachelor of Arts degree. There is a student-led tutorial service throughout the academic year, open to students in any Economics class. A co-op option is available with federal and provincial departments and agencies, as well as various financial institutions. Economics students at Saint Mary’s also have many opportunities for academic exchange, including Europe, Asia, South America and Africa.
Recently, Economics students worked with professors as teaching assistants, participated in co-op job placements, worked at the Business Development Centre, volunteered at the International Centre, and helped run an international conference at Saint Mary’s during the summer on Experimental and Behavioural Economics.
Sample courses offered:
- Development Economics
- Environmental Economics
- Women and the Economy
- Money and Banking
- Public Finance: Taxation
Future career opportunities:
- International trade advisor
- Policy analyst
- Financial researcher
- Securities analyst
- Program evaluator
- Health policy analyst
"The faculty and staff in the economics department at Saint Mary’s were paramount in my success as an economics student. Every professor got to know me by name, and made an honest effort to understand my own individual needs for fully grasping course material (whether it was for their class or otherwise). Even after graduation this help continues. The Saint Mary’s economics department is a support system that I know I will have through the rest of my academic life and into my career. This level of commitment to the individual’s success cannot be found in larger schools."
-Laura Saar, B. Comm Honours (Economics) and Environmental Science Minor, 2012
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