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Here are answers to the questions we're asked most.

Submitted by Erin Booker on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:36pm

If you don't see what you're looking for, don't hesitate to ask — contact undergraduate advisor Erin Booker by phone (at 403.220.5858), email, or drop by SS 454.

Why can't I register in a class?

Submitted by Erin Booker on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 1:35pm

It could be for a number of reasons — here are a few of the most common:

Are you sure you satisfy the prerequisites?

Most often, pre-reqs are the issue when students have trouble registering.

1: Have you achieved at least a C- in the prerequisite course(s)?

If not, you won't be able to proceed and will need to repeat the prerequisite course(s) if you want to continue.

More info on repeating courses in a section below.

2: Have you completed Math 30-1? 

ECON 301, ECON 303, MATH 249, and STAT 213 all have Math 30-1 as a prerequisite. If you haven't taken it, here are two recommendations:

    • Sit the math diagnostic test, which is held at the start of the fall, winter, and spring terms. If you're successful, this will satisfy your Math 30-1 requirement.

    • Take a math upgrading class, like Math 2 via UCalgary's Continuing Education. (There are other options available via centres like Chinook Learning and SAIT.)

3: Is the class is full?

More info on what to do in a section below.

Did you complete your prerequisites at another institution?

If you took your prerequisite courses at another institution, you'll likely be assigned transfer credit for completing them. In order for that to happen, our Admissions office will need to receive a copy of your transcript from that institution.

Transfer credits are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, so it can take a bit of time for them to be assessed. If term is fast approaching and your transfer credits haven't appeared in your Student Centre yet, email our undergraduate advisor, Erin Booker for help.

Please include: 

  • your UCalgary student ID
  • a PDF copy of your transcript(s)
  • a list of the courses you are requesting to be registered in (please include terms)

Are you a visiting international exchange student?

You'll probably need a bit of help registering for your courses—no worries, we're happy to help.

In order to register you in economics courses at UCalgary, we'll just need a bit of information from you. 

Please send us an email with the following:

  • Your UCalgary student number
  • A PDF copy of your transcript from your home institution
  • A copy of the syllabi for all of the economics courses you've taken (please ensure your textbooks are listed)
  • A list of the courses you are requesting (including the terms in which you're requesting them)
  • A list of the courses below that you've completed at your home university.

Prerequisites are particularly important in economics courses, and we want to be sure that you select the right classes for your academic background.

Please indicate in your email which of the following courses you've completed:

  • ECON 201 and ECON 203 (our introductory economics courses)
  • ECON 301 and ECON 303 (our first level of intermediate micro- and macroeconomics courses)
  • ECON 357 and ECON 359 (our second level of intermediate micro- and macroeconomics courses)
  • MATH 249 (our introductory calculus course)
  • STAT 213 (our introductory statistics course)
  • ECON 395 (our pre-econometrics course)

Have you already taken the course twice?

Sometimes things happen and you don't do as well in a class as you would have liked. Second chances are important, which is why we allow students to take a class for a second time.

Needing to repeat courses more than once is often indicative of a larger issue, which is why third-attempt requests need to be reviewed and approved by the department.

These requests are only granted in exceptional circumstances, which means they're pretty rare. (Failing to study or underestimating how difficult a course would be doesn't count for a third attempt.)

If you'd like to request permission to attempt a class for the third time, you will need to submit a formal request to the department via email. Please be sure to include:

  • your UCalgary student ID
  • an overview of the exceptional circumstances involved in your case
  • resources you will access to ensure you will be successful in your third attempt

Course and registration information

Submitted by Erin Booker on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 3:48pm

I'm on a waiting list — what do I need to do now?

  • Make sure you satisfy the course prereqs
  • Make sure you don't have a time conflict

The waiting list runs every hour, and students will be automatically enrolled in order, unless they don't satisfy the prereqs or they have a time conflict.

You can check your position on the waiting list in your Student Centre.

It can be a bit nerve wracking to have to just wait and see, but when classes are full, that's all we can do.

 

Remember —

The waiting list will clear prior to the last day to add classes to give everyone a chance to make their final registration decisions. You'll want to pay attention to the registration system in the lead up to that deadline.

(Not sure when that is? Check out the registration section of the Registar's website.)

If you're getting hourly emails from the online registration system letting you know your status on the list, consider creating a new folder and rule in your email to filter these emails to keep your inbox clean.

The class I want is full — is there something you can do?

Unfortunately, we can't overload our courses — if your class doesn't have a waiting list or the waiting list is full, keep checking to see if a spot opens up.

It can be stressful to see that a class you want is full, but there's typically a fair amount of registration movement at the start of term. Keep checking back, and it's a good idea to attend all of the classes you are hoping to take during the first week of term until your registration is finalized so you don't fall behind in case you are able to register. 

 

Remember — 

There's always about a week between the start of classes and the last days to add and drop classes — check out the schedule in the academic calendar to find out when those dates are.

I want to take a course but I haven't done the prerequisite course — can I still take it?

Probably not, unfortunately. You'll notice "or consent of the department" on a lot of our prerequisite listings, but in almost all cases, the prerequisites are mandatory.

If you'd like to take a course but don't meet the prerequisite, you'll need to put forward a case to the undergraduate director. Please send your request via email to econ@ucalgary.ca.

I've completed a course that I think satisfies one of my economics degree requirements — what should I do?

If you think you've taken a course that satisfies one of your economics requirements, send us an email (along with your student number) and we'll investigate for you. This is relatively common for students pursuing a combined degree — here are some common course substitutions:

  • MATH 275 in lieu of MATH 249
  • POLI 399 in lieu of STAT 213
  • ENGG 318 in lieu of STAT 213
  • BIOL 315 in lieu of STAT 213

How many courses can I take per term?

The maximum number of courses you can take per term is 6 (which is set out by the Faculty of Arts), but you probably shouldn't take more than 5 classes at a time. Most students take between 3 and 5 courses per term.

To complete a Bachelor of Arts degree at UCalgary, you'll need to complete at least 120 credits, which is 40 classes. Most students choose to do 10 classes per year across 4 years, but it's up to you.

Remember — 

If you have student loans, you'll want to register in at least 3 classes per term in order to maintain full-time loan eligibility. Check out the Finances section of the Registrar's website or speak with a financial aid advisor at 403.210.7625.

I'm in open studies — can I take economics courses?

Absolutely. If you'd like to take ECON 201, you should be able to register yourself in the course. If you've completed economics courses at another institution and want to register in ECON 203 or above, send an email to econ@ucalgary.ca to request permission to register. You'll want to be sure to include:

  • Your UCalgary student ID
  • A PDF copy of your transcript from you previous institution
  • A copy of the syllabi for all of the economics courses you've previously completed

Can I study part time?

Yes, you can — students taking 3 to 5 courses per term are considered full time, and students taking 1 or 2 courses per term are considered part time. The Faculty of Arts doesn't require students to gain permission to study on a part-time basis, so you can control your registration status simply by registering for courses.

Check out the academic calendar for more info, or speak with an advisor in the Arts Students' Centre.

Can I audit a course?

Possibly — audit requests are evaluated by the undergraduate director on a case-by-case basis.

Audit requests can be made by submitting a completed registration exemption form to undergraduate advisor Erin Booker via email or in person in SS 454. 

Can I take ECON classes online?

No, unfortunately — all of our courses are held on campus, and our selection of evening courses is limited.

There are a number of economics courses offered at Athabasca University that transfer back to UCalgary. If you decide to take classes at another university, you'll want to consult the Alberta Transfer Guide and talk with an advisor in the Arts Students' Centre.

Remember — 

For degrees in the Faculty of Arts, you can typically transfer up to 60 credits (or 20 classes) from another institution; of those, 24 credits (or 8 classes) can be in your major field of study.

There's a course I'm interested in but it's not listed on the schedule — when will it be offered?

While many of our courses are offered at least once per year, we can't make guarantees until the schedule has been finalized and published.

The spring and summer schedules are typically released in early January, and the fall and winter schedules are released on March 1. You can view published courses via your Student Centre or on the courses section of our website.

Admission and transferring

Submitted by Erin Booker on Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:13pm

I'm not an economics major — can I still take ECON courses and/or pursue and economics degree?

Absolutely — many of the students taking economics courses are actually studying in different degree programs or considering transferring into economics, and ECON 201 and 203 are either required or elective to many degree programs across the university.

 

Remember —

You're allowed to take up to 36 credits (12 courses) in a discipline outside of the program you've been admitted to — any more than that is considered an unauthorized concentration and the Faculty of Arts will put a block on your account preventing you from registering in more ECON courses. (This is a bit different if you're studying business — if you're a BComm student, you'll want to check in with the Haskayne advisors for more info.)

You can complete a minor in economics by taking between 30 and 36 credits in ECON, with at least 18 at the 300 level or above. If you'd like to to take more than 36 credits in ECON, you can apply to either the major or the honours program.

Don't forget that the window to make changes to your program (including applying to honoursdouble majors [scroll down for details] and combined degree programs) is between October 1 and February 1 for next fall term. 

I'm an open studies student — can I take ECON courses?

Yes — you're welcome to take ECON courses as an open studies student, though you may run into issues with prerequisites.

If you're unable to register yourself in a course and you'd like to use a course you've taken at another institution, please email us, and be sure to include the following information:

  • Your UCalgary student ID
  • A copy of your transcript showing your grade for the course(s) you'd like to use as a prerequisite
  • A copy of the syllabus of the course(s) you'd like to use as a prerequisite
  • A list of the courses you would like to be registered in, including the term 

 

Learn more about open studies or reach out to an open studies advisor

I already have a bachelor's degree and now I'm considering a second degree in economics — what's involved?

If you'd like to pursue a second (or after) degree in economics, you'd want to apply for admission to the University of Calgary before March 1 in order to be admitted to the program in the fall.

You would need to take at least 60 credits (20 courses) here at UCalgary, and as part of those 60 credits, you'd need to fulfill all of the degree requirements for the traditional major or the honours program in economics. 

While students aren't permitted to pursue a second degree in a discipline they've already majored in (for example, if you have a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Alberta, you can't complete a second BA in economics here at UCalgary), it is possible that you'll have already taken some of the requirements for the economics program. In that case, you won't need to retake those courses, but you will still need to take at least 60 credits here at UCalgary.

For more information on pursuing a second degree, check out our Future Students website or reach out to one of our enrolment advisors at 403.210.7625.

Advising tip —

If you want to begin studying before the fall, you could first apply to become an open studies student — that would allow you to start taking courses sooner, and if you apply to a degree program within 12 months of studying as an open studies student, you can waive your application fee to the degree program so you don't have to pay two separate application fees.

I'm in Haskayne and I'd like to take ECON courses, and maybe do a minor or double major in economics — what do I need to know?

A number of our students pursue combined degrees in economics and business — to find out exactly which courses you'll need to take, you should speak with the advisors in Haskayne and the advisors in the Arts Students' Centre

BComm students can also complete a minor in economics.

I'm currently in economics, but I'd like to transfer to business next year — what do I need to know?

There are 6 courses that students are required to take in order to be eligible to transfer into the BComm program — learn more here, or reach out to one of the advisors in Haskayne.

Don't forget to apply between October 1 and February 1 — you can do this through your Student Centre. For more information on how to make changes to your program, including switching degrees, check out this link.

Advising tip —

Economics students may pursue the minor in management and society, which is the only business program available to non-Haskayne students.

I'm thinking of taking a course at another institution, like Athabasca — can I do that?

This is a great question for the advisors in the Arts Students' Centre — they'll be the ones to actually grant you permission to study at another institution. 

If you'd like to discuss how an ECON course might transfer back, send us an email and we'll let you know.

Learn more

Studying abroad or coming on exchange

Submitted by Erin Booker on Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:19pm

I'm a UCalgary student thinking of studying abroad — where do I start?

Your first step will be to explore the Study Abroad website, attend an info session or workshop, or speak with one of the advisors in the Study Abroad office. They’ll be able to walk you through the application process, tell you about deadlines, and answer questions you have about next steps and the experience of studying abroad.

Next, you’ll want to meet with advisors in the Arts Students’ Centre (and your home faculty, if you're doing a combined degree) to do what’s called a degree audit — basically, they’ll look at the courses you’ve completed and still need to complete, and will give you a sense of the kinds of courses you should think about taking on exchange.

Once you’ve been accepted to a host university, it’ll be time to start selecting courses. At that point, you’ll send us the syllabi for the courses you'd like to take on exchange, and we'll let you know how they’ll transfer back. Send us an email and be sure to include the following:

  • Your student number
  • All of the syllabi for the courses you'd like to take — be sure that they include prerequisites and the textbook that will be used. You can send us the most recent syllabi that are available — if you can't find outlines for the term you'll be on exchange, we can review the most recent that have been published.

Keep in mind that prerequisites are essential — if you're wanting to complete a few of your ECON options courses while studying abroad, you'll want to be sure that the courses have at least the equivalents of ECON 201 and 203 as prerequisites.

Completing upper-level ECON requirements while on exchange is trickier, as we're quite strict about the rigour necessary to satisfy these requirements. When in doubt, it's best to check in with us to be sure.

I'm a UCalgary student who studied abroard — now I'm home, and I think one of my courses didn't transferred properly.

When your transcript comes back to us from your host institution, Admissions will assign transfer credit for the courses you've completed.

If you think you should have been assigned different transfer credit for the ECON courses you took abroad, you're welcome to request that we re-assess the course for transfer credit. Please send us an email with the following information:

  • Your UCalgary student number
  • A PDF copy of your transcript from your host institution
  • A copy of the syllabi for the economics course(s) you'd like to have reassessed (please ensure that your textbooks are listed)
  • A brief rationale detailing what credit you believe you should have received

I'm an international exchange student and I'd like to take ECON courses

In order to register you in economics courses at UCalgary, we'll just need a bit of information from you. 

Please send us an email with the following:

  • Your UCalgary student number
  • A PDF copy of your transcript from your home institution
  • A copy of the syllabi for all of the economics courses you've taken (please ensure your textbooks are listed)
  • A list of the courses you are requesting (including the terms in which you're requesting them)
  • A list of the courses below that you've completed at your home university.

Prerequisites are particularly important in economics courses, and we want to be sure that you select the right classes for your academic background.

Please indicate in your email which of the following courses you've completed:

  • ECON 201 and ECON 203 (our introductory economics courses)
  • ECON 301 and ECON 303 (our first level of intermediate micro- and macroeconomics courses)
  • ECON 357 and ECON 359 (our second level of intermediate micro- and macroeconomics courses)
  • MATH 249 (our introductory calculus course)
  • STAT 213 (our introductory statistics course)
  • ECON 395 (our pre-econometrics course)

High school students

Submitted by Erin Booker on Wed, 11/14/2018 - 12:44pm

Which high school courses are required for economics?

Communication and math skills are essential for economics, which is why we require our students to have taken English Language Arts 30-1 and Math 30-1.

If you want to get a jump start on calculus, also take Math 31 — it's not required for admission, but it will give you a competitive advantage for when you study calculus in university.

 

Math update 

You might have seen online that you need to achieve at least a 70% in Math 30-1. That used to be a requirement to take MATH 249, but as of Fall 2019, a passing grade (50%) in Math 30-1 will be sufficient to register in MATH 249.

Data fluency and math skills are an intrinsic part of economics, and students with  Math 30-1 grades lower than 70% will likely struggle with the program.

What average do I need to achieve in order to be admitted to UCalgary?

It will depend on the program you’re applying to and the applicant pool you’re competing against, but if you're applying to economics, an admission average of 80% and above should be highly competitive. The best way to know for sure is to apply — and you might even be granted early admission based on your grade 11 grades.

For more information about applying and being admitted to the University of Calgary, explore the Future Students section of our website or reach out to an Admissions advisor at 403.210.7625.

Can I use AP economics courses to count towards a bachelor’s degree at UCalgary?

Yes — there are two AP Economics courses that UCalgary will accept: Microeconomics (which will transfer as ECON 201) and Macroeconomics (which will transfer as ECON 203).

Is there a minimum grade I need to achieve in order to receive transfer credit for my AP courses?

Yes — in order for an AP course to count for transfer credit, students must achieve a 4 or higher (on the 5-point AP grading scale). 

Learn more

Will my AP courses be listed on my UCalgary transcript? What will they look like?

Yes — if you achieve a 4 or 5 for AP Microeconomics and AP Macroeconomics, you’ll have ECON 201 and ECON 203 on your transcript with a grade of “CR” beside each for “credit.”

Learn more

Why would I want to take AP courses?

Taking AP courses allows you to attempt to earn university-level credit before you graduate high school, and it could even shorten the duration of your degree (if you earn a grade of 4 or higher). It will also give you a competitive advantage when you start your university degree because you’ll already be familiar with the calibre of work required in university, which can be a bit of a shock for first-year students.

Additional AP courses could also transfer back to UCalgary, and would count towards the wider degree requirements.

Learn more

I don’t want to study economics, but I do want to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree. Is it still worth taking AP Economics?

Yes — ECON 201 and 203 are either required courses (for programs like international relations) or junior electives for all of the Arts degrees, so regardless of what discipline in Arts you decide to pursue, ECON 201 and 203 would count towards your degree.

I don’t want to do an economics degree; I want to go into business or engineering. Should I still take AP Economics courses?

Absolutely — ECON 201 and ECON 203 are required for all Bachelor of Commerce students, and they’re electives for all of our engineering students.

Thinking about honours?

Submitted by Erin Booker on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:54pm

What's the difference between the major and honours program?

The traditional major requires fewer courses than the honours program (a minimum of 14 courses vs. 20 courses), and doesn't require students to study linear algebra (MATH 211).

The honours program contains a 6-course capstone that will enable students to strengthen their data fluency skills (in both mathematical economics and econometrics) and deepen their knowledge of economic theory. It will also prepare students to go on to do graduate work in economics. The honours capstone courses are not restricted to students in the honours program, and students who are not in the honours program can use these courses to fulfill their major degree requirements.

Students are welcome to pursue the Concentration in Applied Energy Economics in either the major or honours degree.

Learn more about our degree requirements.

What are the eligibility requirements for honours?

There are three eligibility milestones you need to satisfy to be in the honours program —

  1. Admission to the honours program is based on academic merit — you'll be assessed on 30 to 60 credits (if you've completed more than 60 credits, we'll look at your last 60 credits), and you'll need to achieve a GPA of 3.300 both across all of those on all courses subject to assessment and on of the ECON courses subject to assessment.
     
  2. Continuation in the honours program is based on your yearly academic progress review, which is conducted based on all of your courses taken between the spring term and the end of the winter term, and you'll need to achieve a 3.300 GPA across all of your courses as well as all of your ECON courses. There isn't a minimum number of courses you need to complete per year to progress in the honours program; progression is only based on GPA.
     
  3. Graduation from the honours program is based on the last 90 credits taken in the degree, and you'll need to achieve a GPA of at least 3.300 both cumulatively using those 90 credits and using the ECON courses taken within your last 90 credits.

 

Remember —

You don't need to achieve a 3.300 in every course you take; however, you will need achieve at least a 3.300 GPA at these three milestone points both cumulatively and in your ECON courses.

Apply via your my.ucalgary.ca account by February 1 in order to be admitted to the program for the coming fall term.

Learn more

Can I complete an honours degree as a second degree?

You definitely can — the admission and graduation requirements will be a bit different, though.

Admission to honours as a second degree (after you've graduated with another degree) will be determined based on the overall GPAs obtained for the final 60 credits (20 classes) in the first degree, while the GPAs required for graduation will be calculated using the courses completed for the second degree.

Learn more or reach out to the advisors in the Faculty of Arts for more information.

Will it take me longer to finish an honours degree?

It shouldn't, because you'll be completing the same number of credits to earn your Bachelor of Arts degree (at least 120 credits or 40 classes in total).

Because economics is such a sequential degree, however, you may need to take additional time to complete the necessary prerequisites.

Can I combine an honours degree with another degree?

Absolutely — just note that this will be considered a combined degree and will require 150 credits (or 50 classes), rather than 120 credits (or 40 classes).

For more information about combined degrees, connect with your Faculty advisors.

Do I need to take honours to get into graduate school?

Not necessarily, but you'll at least want to take the honours capstone courses.

We've designed our honours capstone courses to give our students a competitive advantage in graduate school. Not only will these classes better prepare you for master's level coursework, they are familiar to graduate admissions committees and will signal your preparedness for and commitment to graduate school.

I don't want to go to grad school — should I still think about the honours program?

It depends on your career goals — the honours program will enable you to deepen your data fluency skills (in mathematical economics and econometrics), knowledge of economic theory, and research skills and ability. The honours designation on your parchment and transcript will also signal the strength of your academic performance and abilities to future employers and academic institutions.

Connect with our honours advisor for more information.

How and when should I apply to the honours program?

Apply via your Student Centre between October 1 and February 1 in order to be admitted to the program for the coming fall term.

Learn more

Should I apply?

If you've achieved an A- or above in ECON 301, 303, 357, and/or 359, you may be a good fit for the honours program. 

If you're passionate about economics and want to deepen your knowledge of economic theory, strengthen your data fluency skills, and take more economics courses, the honours program might be for you. 

Connect with our honours advisor to discuss the program in more detail, and meet with Erin Booker, our undergraduate advisor, to talk about your path to the honours program.

Career planning

Submitted by Erin Booker on Sat, 08/18/2018 - 12:36am

What can I do with a degree in economics?

Tons of things — depending on the courses you take and your academic performance, you could go on to do a Master's of Arts in economics, an MBA, MPP, or JD, or you could go on to work in many diverse fields and industries.

Learn more

How much money could I make?

In September 2017, we reached out to our alumni and found that the average salary one year after graduation was $56,000; after 5 years, students were making an average of $77,000

Can I start working in economics before I graduate?

There are a few ways you can start gaining experience before you graduate — here are a few:

What kinds of jobs could I get right out of university with an economics degree?

There are tons of opportunities for economics majors — in September 2017, we asked our recent grads what their job titles were, and here's a sample of what they told us:

  • Business development analyst
  • Commodity program analyst
  • Consultant
  • Data analyst
  • Data manager
  • Economic analyst
  • Energy market analyst
  • Financial advisor
  • Foreign exchange analyst
  • Investment banking analyst
  • Investor relations associate
  • Personal insurance advisor
  • Portfolio administrator
  • Project controls analyst
  • Property tax analyst
  • Real estate analyst
  • Regulatory analyst
  • Research analyst
  • Revenue and pricing analyst
  • Risk management analyst
  • Supply chain/procurement coordinator
  • Underwriter

Learn more

Sometimes things don't go according to plan

Submitted by Erin Booker on Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:51pm

I didn't do well in an economics course.

There are many reasons why this might have happened—what it means will depend on a few things. Here's what you need to know:

  • If you didn't achieve at least a C- in a prerequisite course, it can't serve as a prerequisite. (This includes MATH 249 and STAT 213.) 
  • The Faculty of Arts sets performance requirements that students must satisfy. This includes restrictions around the number of D or D+ grades economics students can earn in ECON courses (6 credits or 2 courses) and in their overall program (18 credits or 6 courses).
  • Certain ECON courses are essential to the program (like ECON 301, 303, 357, and 359), and your performance in these courses is important. If you are unable to successfully complete these courses during your second attempt, it is highly unlikely that you will be granted a third attempt.
  • Third-attempt requests are influenced by academic performance in other ECON courses, as well as rigourous courses that will be indicative of your ability to succeed in economics (typically in subjects like MATH, STAT, and POLI).

I haven't done well in a few of my economics courses.

One or two less-than-stellar grades aren't a big problem, but when it becomes a pattern, it might be time to reevaluate things, either how you're approaching your studies or what you're studying. 

The Faculty of Arts requires that students achieve at least a 2.0 GPA in their major field of study — if your GPA in your economics courses is getting close to this or drops below this, you might want to consider another field of study.

Not sure what else to pursue? Connect with one of the exploratory advisors in the Student Success Centre or one of the advisors in the Arts Students' Centre to explore your options.

I'm thinking of taking a break from my studies—how does that work?

You don't need to do anything except refrain from registering for courses; however, it's a good idea to speak with one of the advisors in the Arts Students' Centre to discuss your options and to confirm how long you can pause your studies without needing to apply for readmission.

How long can I pause my education?

The advisors in the Arts Students' Centre can explain your options and confirm how long you can pause your studies without needing to apply for readmission.

The Faculty of Arts allows students 7 years to complete a bachelor of arts degree; however, it's always best to speak with the advisors in the Arts Students' Centre directly to discuss your situation.

What happens if my GPA falls too low?

At the end of every winter term, we look at how our students have done since the start of the spring term to make sure everyone is on track in what is called a performance review. In cases where students' GPAs fall below 2.0, the Faculty of Arts will reach out with information and next steps.

Don't forget, there tons of free resources available through the Student Success Centre, including academic development specialists who can help with academic improvement. 

Where can I get help on campus?

Submitted by Erin Booker on Sat, 08/18/2018 - 1:05am

I have questions about my economics degree or about economics courses.

You've come to the right place.

Read through this page and if you still have questions, reach out to our undergraduate advisor Erin Booker. You can reach her by email at econ@ucalgary.ca or by phone at 403.220.5858, or you can drop by SS 454.

I have non-ECON questions about my degree (like graduation requirements, academic reviews, and letters of permission).

The advisors in the Arts Students' Centre are usually the best people to talk with about the non-ECON and non-financial aspects of your degree. (Also, check out this page, which highlights some important info about your degree.)

You can make an appointment to speak with one of the ASC advisors in person, you can call them at 403.220.3580, or you can drop in to SS102 on Fridays anytime between 9am and noon or 1pm and 4pm.

I have questions about registration, finances, student loans and/or awards.

Check out the Finances section of the Registrar's Office website — from there, you'll be able to find helpful information, including who you should contact for more help.

If you'd prefer to ask someone for advice, you can reach an advisor at 403.210.7625, or you're welcome to drop by MKB 117—don't forget, the Registrar's Office now has mobile check-in, so you won't have to spend ages waiting in line.

I'm looking for health services, student support, or training on health and wellness.

The Wellness Centre is a fantastic place to go for all things health and wellness, including medical services, counselling, massage, acupuncture, as well as resources and workshops

Is there anywhere on campus for First Nations, Métis and Inuit students to access programs and support services?

The Native Centre is a fantastic place on campus that provides academic, personal, and cultural support services and programs to prospective and current First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students, and offers a welcoming and supportive learning environment for the whole campus community. Its mandate is to provide a culturally appropriate environment that encourages and supports the success of Aboriginal students in their pursuit of knowledge and higher education.

Check out their workshops, speak with an advisor, attend a tea ceremony, or subscribe to the Bear Tracks community newsletter to stay up to date.

Can I get some extra support with my economics, statistics and/or math classes?

There are lots of places to go for help.

Your professors hold weekly office hourssometimes multiple times per week, and they're always happy to meet with you to talk things through.

If you have tutorials, be sure to go to them, and reach out to your TAs for help. TAs also hold office hours — check D2L for their contact information.

There are also tons of great resources available through the Student Success Centre, including academic development specialists who offer one-on-one academic coaching and math tutoring.

If you're taking ECON 301, 357, or 395, there are also PASS sessions available.

Finally, another option is to hire a tutor — our graduate students are often available for tutoring services, with rates around $30/hr. If you're interested, email Joann Weston for more information.

Helpful hint: Establish a community of practice, which is to say, make friends in class—economics is a craft learned over time, and it helps to talk and think through (and wrestle with) economic topics outside of class.

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