The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is the Vancouver School of Economics’ core undergraduate program, introducing students to the field of economics through a combination of theoretical and empirical courses, labs, and experiential learning opportunities.


Gain a deep understanding of the economy and examine the social, cross-cultural, and ethical dimensions of economic decision-making, with a major in economics or other combined majors.

BA Program at a glance

  • Foundational & comprehensive introduction to modern economics
  • Unique capstone research seminar with individualized supervision
  • Flexible degree program with wide variety of electives & fields to choose from
  • International exchange & experiential learning opportunities

Gain 12 months of paid, professional work experience and a network of contacts.

Go Global
Numerous options to travel across the world while participating in meaningful learning opportunities, including international exchange.

International Service Learning
Opportunities to contribute towards important projects led by community partners around the world.

Centre for Community Engaged Learning
Programs place students in community settings (non-profits & inner city schools) either as a required part of an academic course, or through voluntary co-curricular placements like Trek and Reading Week for a hands-on, immersive experience.

The VSE offers a wide range of elective courses which can be found on the UBC Calendar. These change every year, but we typically offer courses in a wide range of economic fields, including public economics, trade, history, the environment, and many more.

If you would like advice on choosing your economic courses, you are encouraged to attend our economics info sessions for new (and continuing) students, or read the courses section of our FAQ for more information.

For career options & strategies, you can contact Prof. Emrul Hasan at

Majors/Combined Majors Program Requirements – Link to PDF


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