Why Economics?

Do you want to understand government finance, environmental protection, the price of gas at your local service station, or the forces of the new economy and globalisation? You've come to the right place. Welcome to the Department of Economics web page!  Our strength is our range and diversity and our strong commitment to an open and inclusive intellectual atmosphere. We offer a full range of modern programs from a variety of critical perspectives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Interest in these programs is high both among local and international students.

The Department offers a strong record of teaching excellence and a commitment to an environment that facilitates student learning.  Members of our faculty have won national (3M) teaching fellowships and University of Manitoba teaching excellence awards and several of our graduate students have won Faculty of Arts Graduate Student Teaching Awards. In recent years the Department has instituted a capstone conference for Honours students to present their research and an Economics Graduate Student Computing Lab in Fletcher Argue Building. Most recently, the Department has encouraged the establishment of an Undergraduate Economics Society, which has attracted wide interest from students outside Economics as well.

The Department is committed to the interaction of ideas and intellectual discussion of Economics from a variety of perspectives. The regular Friday afternoon seminar series has been running for 50 years and is the oldest in the Faculty. Many faculty members have won recognition for their research at the University and national level. In recent years, we have hired a number of new and enthusiastic faculty with diverse interests and a commitment to teaching and scholarship.

The commitment of the Department to a broad range of perspectives is reflected in its development of two undergraduate streams in Economics and Econometrics and Economics and Society for students pursuing Advanced Major and Honours degrees in Economics.  This commitment has also stimulated the development of popular interdisciplinary degree programs, including the Labour Studies program and the program in Global Political Economy. The Department is also committed to providing support for programs in other faculties, providing required courses for undergraduate programs in Agriculture, Management, and Human Ecology and the graduate programs in Agricultural Economics and Management.

We hope that you can find what you're looking for in our website. If not, do not hesitate to contact  the Department or other faculty and staff.

A career in Economics... it's much more than you think.

Economics is much more than the study of finance, banking, business, and government.  A degree in economics is useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting career choices.

Watch this brief educational video, developed by The American Economic Association here.