May 13, 2021
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||Associate of Arts Degree in Economics
This two‐year program enables students with interest in the field of economics to complete four (4) core courses in economics at the introductory and intermediate levels and three (3) specialized courses in economics and statistics along with a range of courses in arts and science. The Associate of Arts Degree in Economics allows students to develop theoretical knowledge and analytical skills to investigate economic decision‐making, macroeconomic performance, or government economic policy.
Associate Degree students have opportunities to develop and enhance the skills essential for academic success at an advanced level. Students are exposed to concepts, theories, and modes of inquiry in the arts and sciences. The program also encourages students to entertain a variety of viewpoints and develop social awareness within a global context.
Career/Academic Advancement Opportunities
Graduates of the program may choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics at Simon Fraser University, the University of Victoria, or another university. Other graduates may choose to pursue a business degree at a univeristy or at Camosun College.
Employment opportunities for graduates include entry level positions involving economic analysis with the provincial government or private business, entry level positions in management, or retail finance.
A student who earns an Associate Degree completes 20 university-level courses in the Arts (general or discipline specific) or the Sciences (general or discipline specific). Each of these 20 courses has specific learning outcomes.
At the completion of the program students will be able to:
- Communicate clearly, concisely, and coherently in a style appropriate for the purpose, situation, and audience.
- Find, evaluate and appropriately use needed information. For economics, this means:
- Compare the behaviour of firms in different market structures - perfect competition, monopoly, oligopoly, and monopolistic competition.
- Identify the determinants of long-run economic growth in the context of different growth models.
- Analyze complex information appropriate to an area of concentration or discipline. For economics, this means:
- Demonstrate the findings of the major economic models and theories using quantitative techniques and written analysis.
- Analyze the impact of government monetary, fiscal, and trade policy on different sectors of the economy.
- Apply analytical reasoning to a variety of disciplinary applications. For economics, this means:
- Use appropriate economic models to investigate the economic decision-making of consumers, firms, and government.
- Analyze macroeconomic performance short run using models of economic fluctuations.
- Demonstrate the application of economic theories in at least one specific area of economics - managerial economics, international trade, or money and banking.
- Employ statistical methods to investigate economic relationships.
- Adhere to academic standards through ethical scholarly practices.
- Demonstrate effective behaviors and skills within a group working toward a common goal or purpose.
A student who earns an Associate Degree completes 20 courses, and each course must be transferable, in the year taken, to at least one BC Research University:
- University of Victoria (UVic)
- University of British Columbia (UBC)
- University of British Columbia Okanagan (UBCO)
- University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC)
- Simon Fraser University (SFU)
Students should use the BC Transfer Guide to confirm transfer of each course
Students planning to complete an Associate Degree in Economics and then transfer to another institution should consult with an Academic Advisor at Camosun College for assistance with course planning.
* These courses are considered second-year Arts courses.
** Students may use MATH 100 in lieu of MATH 108 toward program completion.
*** Students who completed BUS 130 prior to September 2021 may use it in lieu of ENGL 151, 161, 163, 164 toward program completion. No course may be used more than once towards the program.
**** Students who take BUS 230 and BUS 231 require only one second-year Arts course and two general electives. BUS 230/231 or STAT 218/219 should be chosen based on a student’s academic goals, including intended credentials and transfer plans. Consult with an Academic Advisor before choosing.
Optional Program Credential Designation
A student who successfully completes ASDG 101 but does not complete ASDG 201 will not qualify for a Cooperative Education Designation; however, the student will qualify for an Internship Designation.
Program Completion Requirements
- The course requirements for the Associate Degree program credential are mandated by the provincial government. Students must complete a total of 20 university transfer courses, and achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 (“C”), to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree. No course may be used to meet more than one of the specific requirements; 25% of the courses must be completed at Camosun.
- BC universities will guarantee 60 transfer credits to holders of an associate degree, even if all the courses taken towards the associate degree do not transfer individually to that institution. Students are advised that they must still complete all outstanding requirements of their baccalaureate degree program not already completed within the courses taken for the associate degree. Consult an Academic Advisor to ensure applicability towards intended credentials and transfer plans. Refer to the BC Transfer Guide.
Recommended Information, Activities or Materials to Help Students to Succeed Throughout the Program
Students are strongly advised to meet with an Academic Advisor and develop a Personal Learning Plan (PLP).