Why study Economics at Dal?

Learn to make positive change through economic and social policies

As an economics student, you'll figure out how to use the world’s limited resources to best serve society and you'll do this using solid scientific methods that measure and analyze how people and institutions make economic choices.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment, consider doing the first year in the Truro Start Program. This program gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, BSc or Bachelor of Arts, BA
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Economics
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax, Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

The traditional way of teaching economics is deductive: start from first principles and talk ideas out logically. The Dalhousie Economics program ensures you get a mix of classes, some of which are deductive, and some of which are more inductive or problem-oriented. Inductive courses are thematic. Take global warming, how would we approach it as economists?

You'll have the option to choose courses that are more geared toward the social sciences rather than the math side of economic theory. That said, there is a natural partnership between math and economics that might inspire you to build your math skills.

Sample courses:

  • Economics of Innovation
  • International Trade
  • Poverty and Inequality

You might also decide to complete the co-op program to combine your academic studies with career-related experience during three to four work terms.  

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Our graduates don't end up working in just one field because you can apply the principles of Economics to just about anything – our degrees prepare you to participate in and shape public life and society. You might work as a:

  • policy advisor
  • politician
  • business consultant

Future studies could include programs at the graduate level in economics, public administration, or business administration. Or you might decide to pursue a law degree.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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