Economics (BA, BSc)

Consider a degree in economics if you are an avid follower of national and international news or are passionate about the business and finance sectors. While at first glance economics may seem to be all about money, it is fundamentally a people-focused subject.

Economics has been classically defined as “the study of people in the ordinary business of life.” Life, for all of us, involves dealing with a never-ending series of choices and questions. How do I spend time this week? Should I start a family, and if so when? Is the overpriced popcorn at the movies worth it? What's a good way to encourage people to donate more organs? Economics provides a compelling way to think critically about any issue where people are involved in making decisions, whether it's government policies that affect the entire country or the smallest personal issue. Regardless of whether the discussion deals with inequality and unemployment, or topics like the environment, sports, health care, and discrimination, the tools provided by economics gives you the ability to analyze the issue and put forth an informed opinion.

The mission of the Department of Economics is to create an environment where you develop the skills and insights expected of a modern economist educated in the liberal arts tradition, and where an interaction is fostered that promotes teaching, research, and service, all in a technologically-rich environment.

Be Inspired

Economics at Acadia offers a range of options including both the BA and the BSc with major, double major, and honours, plus other joint programs with business and computer science. It also participates in Acadia’s award-winning co-operative education program through which you receive credit for paid work experience related to economics.

The most common jobs open to you upon graduation are in banking, provincial, federal and municipal government, consulting and numerous private sector firms. Starting salaries for economics graduates tend to be above average for university graduates. Our graduates also have an excellent track record in terms of moving on to graduate work in economics, including at institutions such as Oxford, Toronto, UBC, and Queen's, but also in other areas such as finance, law, and medicine.

Future Careers

  • Actuary
  • Banking professional
  • Budget analyst
  • Civil servant, at the municipal, provincial and federal levels
  • Economist
  • Financial analyst
  • Industry analyst
  • Market research analyst
  • Operations research systems analyst
  • Policy analyst
  • Sales engineer
  • Urban planner

First Year at a Glance (BA)

Semester One

ECON 1013
Microeconomic Principles
ENGL 1413
Writing & Reading Critically 1
MATH 1613
General Linear Algebra & Calculus for ECON/BUSI
LANG xx13
Language other than English
Intro humanities course

Semester Two

ECON 1023
Macroeconomic Principles
ENGL 1423
Writing & Reading Critically 2
Introductory science course
LANG xx23
Language other than English
Intro humanities course

First Year at a Glance (BSc)

Semester One

ECON 1013
Microeconomic Principles
MATH 1013
Introductory Calculus 1

Choose 9 credit-hours of electives

Semester Two

ECON 1023
Macroeconomic Principles
MATH 1023
Introductory Calculus 2

Choose 9 credit-hours of electives


Co-op Program: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia Economics Society
Acadia Business Society
Acadia Finance Society
Enactus Acadia


Economics Department
Beveridge Arts Centre, Room 338
10 Highland Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6