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Academic studies. Career exploration. Community involvement.

We aim to enrich undergraduate education in the Faculty of Social Sciences through fostering unique approaches to learning within the classroom and more actively engaging students in the community, as well as promoting strong relationships between academic studies, career exploration and community involvement.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Economics?

Economics is the science of choice. Economists study human behaviour as it relates to the allocation of scarce resources, and how resource allocation affects people’s well-being.

2. What are the program options for Economics? What GPA/courses do I need?

Program options are:
Economics (B.A.)
Honours Economics (B.A.)
Honours Economics (Specialist Option) (B.A.)
Honours Economics and Computer Science (B.A.)
Honours Economics and Mathematics (B.A.)
Combined Honours in Economics and Another Subject (B.A.)
Minor in Economics

3. What is the Economics Specialist Option Degree and how is it different from the other Honours Economics Degrees?

The Honours BA Specialist Option stream provides the same solid grounding in Economics as the Honours BA stream, with a minimal but highly specific differentiation. The Specialist Option requires an additional econometrics course that is a necessary preparation for econometrics courses to be taken in MA in Economics programs.

4. I am a Direct Entry Economics Student. Do I still have to declare a major?

Students will have the opportunity to declare a major at the end of first year based on the Level 1 course requirements.

5. What are popular double majors?

There are many options for double majors with an Economics degree. Popular programs include Political Science, Labour Studies and Sociology.

6. Are there certain topics I can focus on within the Economics program?

Yes! Students can choose upper year courses that focus on health, econometrics, labour, sports, society and many more!

7. How can I become involved as an Economics student?

Join the McMaster Economics Society (MES)! The MES is a student-run organization dedicated to enhancing the experience of all students with a passion for Economics. We aim to provide a platform for Economics students to engage in academic and social settings outside of the classroom. econ@themsss.com @mcmasterecon

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