The Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree is a two-year credential offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
Students within the Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree program will gain multi-disciplinary knowledge in the areas of theoretical and applied economics, as well as competitive behavior, economic policy, and the global economy. Students will acquire the tools to be able to analyze the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.
The Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. The credits must include a minimum of 36 credits in arts, including at least 18 credits in first- and second-year economics. Upon completion of the Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or continue their undergraduate studies.
An Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university. Some BC universities accept Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Post Grad Work Permit
International students completing the Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree program at Alexander College are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
The Associate of Arts (Economics) degree program develops broad-based academic skills in the following areas:
Written and oral communication
Mathematical and scientific reasoning
Computer and technological literacy
Research and evaluative skills
Analysis, synthesis, and integration of knowledge
Critical thinking and problem solving
Application of theoretical understanding to practice
Collaborative and team-based experience
Specifically, the Associate of Arts (Economics) degree program provides experience and aptitudes in the following areas:
Ability to use analytical tools to interpret business data
Knowledge of economic theory and its applications
Knowledge of micro and macroeconomic policy issues
Understanding of government policy pertaining to markets
Familiarity with managerial decision making strategies
The Associate of Arts degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
3 credits in calculus
3 credits in statistics
3 credits in a laboratory science
III. 36 credits in arts which shall include:
18 credits in economics
6 credits in humanities other than English
12 additional credits in arts
IV. 9 credits in arts, science, or other areas
A concentration in Economics allows students to explore their specific interests in the field.
This degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
With an Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree, students can seek entry-level employment in business, management, and financial services.
Positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Assistant business analyst
Assistant to financial consultant
Marketing research associate
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