Oct 21, 2020  
Undergraduate Calendar 2020-2021 
Undergraduate Calendar 2020-2021

Honours Economics (Specialist Option) (B.A.)


Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including an average of at least 5.0 in ECON 1B03  (or 1BX3 ) and 1BB3  (or 1BA3 ). For continuation in program, see the section on Minimum Requirements for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I . Beginning in September 2020, the Level II Economics programs will continue to permit entry for students who have completed any Level I program including the same required courses as Economics I  .


  1. Alternate admission: For students enrolled in a program beyond Level I, admission to Levels II, III and IV of the Honours Economics (Specialist Option) program requires an average of at least 6.0 in ECON 2G03, 2GG3  (or 2Z03 , 2ZZ3 ), 2H03  and 2HH3  with a grade of at least C in each of ECON 2GG3  and 2HH3 , in addition to the required Grade Point Average (GPA) as stated in the Minimum Requirement for Entering and Continuing in a Program Beyond Level I in the Faculty of Social Sciences Academic Regulations. Students enrolled in Levels II, III and IV cannot gain admission to the Honours Economics (Specialist Option) program by upgrading ECON 1B03  (or 1BX3 ) or 1BB3  (or 1BA3 ).
  2. COMMERCE 2FA3  may be substituted for ECON 2I03  and COMMERCE 2QA3  may be substituted for ECON 2B03 .
  3. Students in the Specialist Option are expected to take ECON 2B03 . Students with prior credit in a recognized alternative statistics course are exempt from this requirement. Those students can take ECON 3EE3  (formerly 3U03) only if they achieved a grade of at least B+ in a recognized alternative statistics course. See ECON 2B03  in the Course Listings section of this Calendar for a list of recognized alternative statistics courses.
  4. Students interested in an M.A. in Economics should take ECON 3EE3  (formerly 3U03) and consider the Specialist Option.
  5. MATH 1M03  is required for any student planning to transfer into Commerce and strongly recommended for any student with a minor in Business or Finance. MATH 1M03  is required for ECON 3G03  and is strongly recommended for students planning any graduate study in economics.
  6. Students must complete STATS 1L03  before taking ECON 3EE3  (formerly 3U03) or ECON 3E03  (formerly 3WW3.)


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which 48 units may be Level I

30 units


  • the Level I program completed prior to admission to the program.
    (See Admission above.)

3 units

3 units


36 units

  • Electives. The number of units of Economics courses above Level I excluding ECON 2B03 , 3EE3  (formerly 3WW3) and 3E03  (formerly 3U03) must not exceed 60.

* If requirement was completed in Level I or with Grade 12 U courses, these units will be taken as electives.