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ECONOMICS at the U of M


The economy is important to all Canadians, and economics is the field of study that helps us understand our world: wages and employment, economic growth, productivity, wealth and poverty, government budgets and taxations, resources exploitation, business practices, inflation, recession and regional economic differences. As an economic student in the Faculty of Arts, you will study the history and current reality of these issues. The commitment of the department to a broad range of perspectives has stimulated the development of a variety of interdisciplinary programs including the global political economy and labour studies programs. The department of economics also offers joint honours programs in collaboration with the departments of mathematics and statistics.

Skills you will gain by studying ECONOMICS

  • A knowledge of the principles and techniques necessary to gain a sound understanding of the choices and problems facing us during our lifetime
  • The ability to collect, analyze and interpret data using statistical analysis, and make reasoned judgements on the basis of the available data
  • The ability to think critically and apply economic theory to develop innovative solutions to real-world issues
  • The ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing


This resource is meant as a guide to provide suggestions throughout your time at university. Develop a plan and timeline that suits you best. Make intentional choices for your courses and work experiences.

* Refer to the Academic Calendar for a complete list of program requirements.

Year 1 - 30 credit hours



Course requirements:
NOTE: As of September 2018: NEW Curriculum - Please Refer to the Academic Calendar.

ECON 1010 and ECON 1020 or ECON 1210 and ECON 1220

Honours or advanced: plus MATH 1500 or MATH 1520

To do this year:

  1. Know the requirements for your degree. Meet with an academic advisor in the Faculty of Arts to help you plan your program.
  2. If you need academic support, visit the Math Help Centre or attend a Supplemental Instruction session through the Academic Learning Centre.


Start planning your career:

  1. Meet with a career consultant to generate career ideas based on your interests, values, personality and skills.
  2. Research occupations that match your skills and interests.
  3. Set up a careerCONNECT account to view job postings and register for workshops and events.
  4. Set up your Co-Curricular Record (CCR), an official record of university-approved activities.


Link experiences to your career interests. Options include:

  1. Student groups including Arts Student Body Council, Toastmasters or UMSU.
  2. Join the University of Manitoba Volunteer Program or Student Leadership Development Program.
  3. Student work opportunities including Work-Study, STEP Services or Federal Student Work Experience Program.
  4. Experiential education opportunities such as Alternative Reading Week Winnipeg.


Considering international opportunities? Attend World Opportunities Week in November for information about opportunities around the world.

Explore communities and cultures you want to work with: Visit Migizii Agamik, the International Centre for Students or learn about local agencies via the Manitoba Contact Guide.


Year 2 - 60 credit hours



Course requirements:
NOTE: As of September 2018: NEW Curriculum - Please Refer to the Academic Calendar.

ECON 2010, ECON 2020 and ECON 2040

Honours and advanced: plus ECON 2030

To do this year:

  1. Should you follow a 3-or 4-year plan? Meet with an academic advisor and career consultant to map out your options.
  2. When choosing a minor, take courses that will open opportunities.


Make professional connections:

  1. Join the Career Mentor Program to learn from professionals.
  2. Attend career fairs to connect with employers.
  3. Become a Student Affiliate with the Canadian Economics Association or the Canadian Association for Business Economics.
  4. Attend the department of economics' weekly seminar series.

Market your skills: Develop your resumé and cover letter and refine your interview skills.


Explore student research opportunities: Apply for a research assistant position or Undergraduate Research Award.

Gain practical experience by volunteering: Check out the Volunteers in Public Service (VIPS) program, Manitoba Legislative and United Way.

Find opportunities to market yourself: Become a Faculty of Arts Student Ambassador.


Develop global career skills and expand intercultural learning: Consider Summer University at Warsaw School of Economics, Students Without Borders internship or an international service-learning program, My World Abroad or SWAP for a "working holiday".

Staying local? Check out the World W.I.S.E. Ambassador Program or Praxis: Service-Learning for Social Change. Consider learning a new language and culture through the Volunteer Language Exchange Program.


Year 3 - 90 credit hours



Course requirements:
NOTE: As of September 2018: NEW Curriculum - Please Refer to the Academic Calendar.

Honours or advanced: ECON 3010, ECON 3020 and ECON 3040

Honours: plus ECON 3030 and ECON 3810

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an economics advisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora (3-year option).


Investigate your career options:

  1. Look at sample job postings to ensure you have the qualifications upon graduation.
  2. Develop employability and essential skills sought by employers.
  3. Explore supports available to entrepreneurs for business development such as Manitoba New Venture Championship.
  4. Create a LinkedIn profile to network with professionals.

Consider continuing your studies: Check out the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Extended Education or other academic institutions.


Continue or start research: Participate in the Undergraduate Research Poster Competition.

Check out student job opportunities with: Canadian Border Services Agency, Canadian CED Network, Statistics Canada, financial institutions and insurance agencies.

Search for job opportunities online: Check out Job Bank, Find My Job, Indeed or other search engines.

Use your networks and connections: Inquire about unadvertised job openings (the "hidden job market").


Did you travel abroad? Write an article about your experience for World W.I.S.E magazine.

Participate in the multicultural opportunities on campus: Attend International Week, participate in the Intercultural Development and Leadership Program, volunteer for the International Student Mentorship Program or take part in Graduation Pow Wow.


Year 4 - 120 credit hours



Course requirements:
NOTE: As of September 2018: NEW Curriculum - Please Refer to the Academic Calendar.

Honours: ECON 4010, ECON 4020, ECON 4040, ECON 4050 and ECON 4052

Advanced: ECON 4822

To do this year:

  1. Meet with an economicsadvisor for honours program approval.
  2. Confirm eligibility to graduate with an academic advisor and declare intent to graduate in Aurora.


Start job search 9 months in advance: Contact Career Services to refine your job search and self-marketing strategies. You can visit the office up to 6 months after graduation.

If you are continuing on to graduate school: Finalize your application materials and required tests. Use the awards database to search for funding and awards to help finance your continuing education. Contact your department to find out how their awards deadlines are advertised.



Ensure you have references in place: Ask your professor for a reference or a letter of recommendation if you're applying for graduate school.

Assess your resumé: Identify any gaps in experience and fill them through work placements or internships such as the Statistics Canada Recruitment Development Program or Manitoba Legislative Internship.


Prepare to work in a multicultural environment: Visit Canada's National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation on campus or register for a Workplace Cultural Competence Workshop through Extended Education.


Sample Jobs





What Do Employers Want?


Industries such as banking and financial services, business, government and insurance would value an economics degree in combination with the employability skills that are highly sought after by employers. The include:*

  • Oral and written communication
  • Numeracy and data use
  • Critical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Teamwork
  • Digital technology
  • Industry specific knowledge
  • Continuous learning

Attain skills through your classroom education by taking advantage of experiential education opportunities.

*Information has been adapted from Employability Skills 2000+ and Workplace Education Manitoba – Essential Skills.



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"My [volunteer and work] experiences at the University of Manitoba are very diverse which has allowed me to grow academically and increase my civil mindedness. They also make valuable additions to my resumé." Breann Whitby, economics student

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