Department of Economics


Welcome to the Department of Economics

Economics is a behavioural science that studies the conditions under which individuals provide the best possible satisfaction of their needs.

Everybody thinks of and deals with economics whether they are aware of it or not. It concerns everybody and everything, transcending time and space, and is at the core of our civilization and human existence. It is a means of looking at all human interaction, regardless of culture, race or gender. As an economics student, you will gain a deep understanding of the decision-making process at the individual, firm or government level. You will learn how unhampered market processes lead to efficient production of goods and services, and the effects of interfering with these processes. An education in economics prepares you for a wide variety of jobs and serves as an excellent foundation from which to pursue law school or other advanced degree work. Employment possibilities range from policy-oriented work with private firms, foundations or trade associations to technically-oriented work with public sector agencies or private firms.

Department Highlights

Economics Scholarships & Awards

Specific economics scholarships and awards include:

Arthur J.E. Child Award in Economics: one award of $10,000 or two awards of $5,000 for continuing economics majors. Students must apply by May 1 through the Scholarships and Student Finance Office.

Trevor J.O. Dick Economic Memorial Scholarship: one award of $500 to a graduating economics major who has been accepted to a graduate program in economics. Winner is nominated by the Department of Economics.

Kyle Cole

Five Questions with Shining Graduate, Kyle Cole BA (Co-op) '20

Nominated by Jasminn Berteotti, Director, Co-operative Education
I have known Kyle for four years as an active participant in the Co-operative Education program where he successfully completed six co-op work terms. Based on my own observations, his work term performance and external feedback received, and the opportunity to observe his academic excellence, leadership and community contributions firsthand, I would rate this student’s performance as nothing short of exceptional. Kyle has a number of strengths but one of his greatest is his unwavering dedication and commitment toward all that he does, including academics and community service. I have no doubt that is what enabled him to achieve his high academic excellence. In addition, Kyle was a wonderful student leader within our Co-op Ambassador group. We could always count on Kyle, and we were proud to have him represent our programs and the University of Lethbridge. To put it plainly, Kyle could ALWAYS be relied upon to participate and he always came with a genuine spirit of support! It has been a pleasure getting to know and work with Kyle, he will be greatly missed on our campus but I look forward to seeing him reach the goals he has set for himself, with his usual enthusiasm and self discipline.

Spring 2021 Economics Courses

Many students may be concerned how Economics courses will operate in the Spring 2021 semester. The impact of Covid-19 has necessitated that all ECON courses move to online delivery. Some ECON courses are being offered synchronously, meaning that an online Zoom lecture will be conducted on a specific day and time during each week of the semester. Students in these courses will be given a link to the online lectures at the start of the semester. These "live" lectures will be recorded and made available on Moodle, or another file server, for students who cannot attend the live lectures. Other ECON courses are being offered asynchronously, meaning that there is no assigned day and time for a "live" lecture, instead recorded lectures will be available for students to view at any time. If an ECON course has no day or time designation on the Registrar's timetable web page, it is asynchronous. This applies to both undergraduate and graduate courses. Office hours will be made available via Zoom for student consultations with the ECON course instructor. Unfortunately, the online delivery of courses does not substitute fully for normal in-person lectures. That is regrettable, but necessary given the situation. It will put greater responsibility on students to keep up with the course material and insure that assignments and exams are completed in a timely fashion and with honesty.

Course outlines, readings and assignments will all be provided to students electronically by the course instructor. The method of delivery of gradeable materials will be decided by the instructor. Several online systems for turning in assignments and exams (CrowdMark, enhanced Moodle, etc.) have been obtained by the Faculty of Arts and Science, however the use of these systems is determined by the course instructor.

Textbooks will be available from the university bookstore - some are physical copies and the rest are online copies. The bookstore has textbooks lists for each course and information how to obtain textbooks. The library stacks will not be available, but online books, journals, databases and other materials will be available.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your ECON course, please contact the instructor. Email addresses are available from the university directory page.

Fall 2020 Arts & Science Dean’s Honour List - ECONOMICS

Department of Economics Faculty & Staff  take pleasure in congratulating you:


 for making the Dean’s Honour List for Fall 2020!  It was a very challenging semester for everyone -- so for you to have excelled and achieved this honour - we say WELL DONE!

We thank you also for choosing to major in ECONOMICS and wish you every success for the upcoming semester!

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