Undergraduate Studies


U of L economics encompasses a wide number of areas, and students will have the opportunity to explore all of these facets including philosophy and logic, statistics, political science, finance and management, and history. It is a very challenging discipline that teaches you to think critically and be able to look at the real world and explain its workings and policies using economic principles.

In it's broadest sense, economics is the study of how to best allocate valuable resources in a world where resources are scarce. Economists develop policies to address some of the world's toughest problems, like chronic poverty, poor sanitation, literacy and education, racial and gender equality, feeding populations and defining legal rights. Economists also understand where to draw the line between the roles of government and the private sector in the economy. Many rewarding career paths are available to students with training in economics (see Resources).

All University of Lethbridge undergraduate students are required to complete at least 40 courses to earn a degree. The specific course requirements for the economics major are listed in the university calendar (refer to your year). A minimum of 13 economics courses is required with a maximum of 20 courses, including

  • Economics 1010 - Introduction to Microeconomics
  • Economics 1012 - Introduction to Macroeconomics
  • Economics 2750 - Quantitative Methods in Economics
  • Economics 2900 - Economics and Business Statistics
  • Economics 3010 - Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 3012 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory
  • Economics 3950 - Econometrics
  • At least three (3) 4000 level Economics courses.
  • Students considering enrolling in a Graduate Studies Program (Master's) should also complete:
  • Economics 4010 - Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Economics 4012 - Advanced Macroeconomic Theory
  • Economics 4150 - Mathematical Economics

For more information on any of the degrees listed above, review the Program Planning Guide(s) that aligns with your admission year (e.g. 2019/2020 BA Economics) or speak to an Academic Advisor.

With a major in economics, you’ll have the opportunity to concentrate on your field of study through specialized courses on particular topics and by taking optional Independent and applied studies courses tailored to your interests.

Undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts and Science have several special opportunities available, including:

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