BA Advising

Our undergraduate advisors are here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns about your degree and course requirements, please get in contact with us.

Advising for the Bachelor of Arts

The Arts Advising office assists UBC Faculty of Arts students throughout their degree: from helping them understand their degree requirements and responsibilities, to connecting them to appropriate support resources, to approving their graduation application.

Additional economics-specific course advising is provided by the Vancouver School of Economics faculty to undergraduate art students, by appointment only.

When requesting an appointment by email below, please make the subject line RE: ADVISING APPOINTMENT REQUEST – Student Number.

Arts Academic Advising

Co-Op Advising

Articulation Requests

Articulation is for incoming, current, and outgoing students to request transfer credits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Advising

  • For degree requirements, degree planning, transfer credits, academic concessions, and other assistance you can contact Arts Advising
  • For BA Economics-specific inquiries, you can contact the BA Undergraduate Program Assistant at vse.undergrad@ubc.ca (please include RE: ADVISING APPOINTMENT REQUEST - Student Number in the subject line)
  • For other BA program queries, and general economics-related issues, you can contact the Majors Program Advisor, Professor Jonathan Graves.

For inquiries about co-op, the Honours program, or articulation, see the links on our key contacts page.

Go Global

Yes, UBC provides opportunities for undergraduate students with other universities. Please consult the Go Global Office and the current UBC calendar (under Alternative Study Options) for further information. However, if you are an Economics Majors student you must have your program of study approved by the Economics Undergraduate Advisor. You must ensure that your academic plans take into account the need to schedule course prerequisites in a way that allows you to graduate in a timely manner. In particular, no student is permitted to take Econ 490 before they have completed the prerequisites for this course (Econ 301, Econ 302, Econ 325, Econ 326, Fourth-year standing). Econ 326 and Econ 490 can never be taken concurrently, for any reason. Also Econ 325 must be taken before Econ 326, so Economics students must take the three-term sequence Econ 325-Econ326-Econ490 into account in all their Exchange arrangements. It is essential for Economics students on Exchange to have full School advice on their academic programs to make sure the requirements of the Vancouver School of Economics are taken fully into account. Please call 604-822-9699 or send an email to vse.undergrad@ubc.ca to book an advising appointment with an Economics Academic Advisor.

Course Planning

If Econ 325, Econ 326 or Econ 490 are full, and you are a Combined Major/Major/Honours student in Economics come to the Vancouver School of Economics Office located in Iona Building (6000 Iona Drive) to speak to the Undergraduate Student Support, call (604) 822-9699 or send an email to: vse.undergrad@ubc.ca

Students must have the specified prerequisite for the course in which they wish to enroll. The school does not allow students to be registered in courses for which they do not have the required prerequisite(s) as outlined in the current UBC calendar. Please consult the UBC current calendar for prerequisite listings.

The Faculty of Arts has a ruling that to graduate with a major, a student must include in the 120 credits required for the degree at least 42 credits but no more than 60 credits in one subject (discipline) or field of specialization. You may take more than 60 economic credits, but they won't be used in the 120 total credits required to graduate.

No. IB Econ 1st 6.0 credits are not equivalent to UBCV Econ 101 and Econ 102 and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for economic courses.

Students in the Faculty of Arts who wish to interrupt their UBC studies and take courses in other institutions for credit towards a UBC degree must obtain, in advance, a Letter of Permission from the Faculty of Arts Advising, located in Buchanan D110.  Students in the Faculty of Science please contact your advising office.

No. Econ 326 and Econ 490 can never be taken concurrently, for any reason. Also Econ 325 must be taken before Econ 326, so students must take the three-term sequence Econ 325-Econ326-Econ490 into account in all their course planning.

STAT 200 can substitute for ECON 325 (Please note: that Econ 325 is a better preparation for Econ 326.). If STAT 200 is selected an additional ECON elective at the 3xx or 4xx level is required to ensure that the total number of ECON credits is at least 42.

You can apply to the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Coordinator to be exempted from Econ 325 if you have passed any of these courses. However, these courses do not count as ECON credits towards any Economics program requirements.

Please consult the current UBC calendar under the Credit Exclusion Lists – Probability and Statistics (Faculty of Science) for information.

Comm 291 may be used to satisfy the prerequisite for Econ 326, with the permission of the Vancouver School of Economics. However, note that Comm 291 does not substitute for Econ 325 for the Economics Major Requirement.  If Comm 291 is selected an additional ECON elective at the 3xx or 4xx level is required to ensure that the total number of ECON credits is at least 42.

While you cannot obtain credit for both, Econ 301 (Econ 201) is still a requirement for the Economics Major Program. If you have obtained a letter grade of B or above in Comm 295 please consult the Vancouver School of Economics Undergraduate Coordinator to discuss options.

There are general seats available in all sections that have the STT designation for students to register into. Unfortunately, if you could not register, it means the course/section is full. Please be persistent and keep checking online as students are constantly adjusting their registration. Note: Instructors don’t have signing authority in the Vancouver School of Economics to add students into courses nor do we have any wait lists.

Econ 101 and Econ 102 sections which indicate "restricted for CAP or BIE students only" are not available for registration. These sections of Econ 101 and Econ 102 are restricted to students who have been accepted into the Coordinated Arts Individual Society Theme (CAP-PPE) or Bachelor of International Economics Program (BIE).

Student Services Centre

The honours, majors and combined majors code can only be entered by the Vancouver School of Economics if you are accepted into the programs. The minor code can be entered by you (Faculty of Arts Students only) on the Student Services Centre as long as you have a major. The Minor code for Economics is: 3006.

You can come to the Vancouver School of Economics office located in the Iona Building (6000 Iona Drive), call undergraduate student support at (604) 822-9699 or send an email to: vse.undergrad@ubc.ca and the specialization code will be re-entered.

Graduation

4th Year students registered in their last degree required courses must apply for graduation through the Student Service Centre. Students who are not registered in the Winter Session must contact Enrolment Services for assistance with their graduation applications.

Please call the Vancouver School of Economics (604) 822-9699 to book an advising appointment to see if the economic program requirements for graduation have been satisfied.

The Faculty of Arts has a ruling that to graduate with a Major, a student must include in the 120 credits required for the degree at least 42 credits but no more than 60 credits in one subject (discipline) or field of specialization. You may take more than 60 Economic credits but they won’t be used in the 120 total credits required to graduate.

 

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