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Your four-year plan for the economics major
The courses and activities below are a recommended plan to help you achieve success in the economics major program. For more specific inquiries, please contact the Undergraduate Advisor.
0 - 30 units: Your first semester may feel like a giant leap! You could take all or some of these courses in one semester. If you are unsure, contact an SFU academic advisor.
ECON lower-division requirements:
- ECON 103 - Principles of Microeconomics (4)
- ECON 105 - Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
- MATH 157 - Calculus I for the Social Sciences (3)
Additional ECON courses you could take:
- ECON 102 - The World Economy (3)
- ECON 104 - Economics and Government (3)
- ECON 182 - Selected Topics in Economics (3)
Other courses you might take are your Breadth requirements, where you can choose from a variety of disciplines. You may find another program that interests you, and you may take courses that lead to a minor, certificate, or a joint major.
There are many on-campus activities for you to participate in. Here are some suggestions:
- Explore student clubs such as the Economics Student Society
- Engage in volunteer opportunities at SFU or in our community
- Get connected with your FASS community
- Attend academic advising at SFU Student Central to explore other programs for a minor, certificate, or other joint programs.
- Talk to Career Services to explore career opportunities
- Use the Student Learning Commons to strengthen academic skills
- Look at the Co-op requirements to plan for a work placement during your degree
After you have completed ECON 201 with at least a C- grade, completed 30 units, and met the minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and the minimum ECON GPA, you may declare your economics program.
NOTE: You can declare your economics program at any time during your degree.
ECON lower-division requirements:
- ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior (4)
- ECON 233 - Introduction to Economics Data and Statistics (4) OR BUS 232 - Data and Decisions I (4)
- ECON 220W - Communication in Economics (4)
- One additional 200-level ECON course, such as:
This is a great time to think about a possible minor or certificate to enhance your degree.
Tip: You can take more than one 200-level ECON course!
- Want to get work experience during your degree and stand out fromt the crowd? Check out Co-op.
- Wanted to live in another country? You can study abroad through an international exchange program. Explore universities in England, Germany, Korea, and more.
- Want to improve your grades? The Student Learning Commons offers workshops on common challenges such as exam preparation, time management, writing, and learning English as an additional language.
- The Economics Student Society organizes events every semester. Join them and meet fellow economics students outside of class.
60 - 90 units: As you start taking upper-division courses, you will build on the theories that you have learned in your lower-division courses. Your core upper-division courses will give you the foundation to explore topics in your elective courses.
This is a great time to check in with an undergraduate advisor to make sure you are on the path to success.
Students in their third and fourth year will be focusing on building their experience and exploring career options.
It is not a requirement to take all core courses in one term, and you can spread out the courses in your third and fourth year. Look out for prerequisite courses.
ECON upper-division requirements:
At least 30 upper-division units in economics is required, including:
- ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economic Data (4)
- ECON 302 - Microeconomic Theory II: Strategic Behavior (4)
- ECON 305 - Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory (4)
Electives can include any 300-level courses such as:
* The university requires you to take one upper-division W course from within your major. ECON 355W fufills this university requirement, or you can wait and take an ECON 400-level W course.
Throughout your time at SFU, join us for exclusive economics student events, including:
- Career workshops: exploring career paths with an economics degree,
- LinkedIn workshops: exploring how to network with economics alumni
- A professional photoshoot: free, professionally-taken headshots for your online portfolio and/or LinkedIn profile
- Alumni Speakers: we invite recent graduates to talk about their careers and to answer any questions that current students have. Past sessions have included alumni from the Canada Revenue Agency, Big Five chartered banks, Bank of Canada, and many more.
ECON upper-division courses:
- At least one 400-level ECON course (excluding ECON 402, 403, 431, and 435).
To enhance your experience in ECON, you may want to take more than one 400-level seminar course while completing your degree.
During your last year, we want to make sure that you are prepared for the next stage of your life. Participate in our career events as well as our alumni socials.
We bring alumni and graduating students together for a night of networking and socializing. This allows both alumni and graduating students to engage, exchange ideas, and network in a fun, inclusive environment.