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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.

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.

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.

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 Justin Pyke, our undergraduate advisor, to talk about your path to the honours program.

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