Economic problems are an ever-present and inherent part of our lives. Some common issues are: the periodic existence of high levels of unemployment, global competition in world markets and arguments about the wisdom of free trade agreements, the merits of alternative pollution abatement policies, the effect of changes in the value of the Canadian dollar, and the Bank of Canada's endeavours to restrain inflation. The social science of economics is our attempt to analyze and understand these and other problems. At a more basic level, economics is concerned with the material well-being of human societies. It is often described as the study of how we use our limited resources to satisfy our unlimited material wants. An extensive body of analysis has developed to do that.
Queen's has long had one of Canada's leading departments of economics. The undergraduate programs we offer are structured and balanced examinations of what constitutes modern economics. The introductory courses (ECON 110 or ECON 111* and 112*) provide a comprehensive survey of many aspects of the subject, with an emphasis on analytical principles. They serve both as a foundation for further study and as a general introduction for those who want only a taste of what the subject is about. Those who pursue a concentration in economics or applied economics are guided through courses in more advanced economic analysis, statistical techniques, the historical background of today's economies, and the application of economic theory to public finance, international relations, natural resources and the environment, business cycles, labour markets and the economic systems of other countries.
Economics students at Queen's acquire a diverse portfolio of analytical,quantitative, computational and communications skills that provide excellent preparation for a wide range of post-graduation educational and career opportunities. Some of our graduates pursue advanced graduate studies in economics at the master's or doctoral levels, while others undertake professional programs such as finance, business administration, public administration, law, industrial relations, information technology, and resource management. Although Queen's economics graduates have a long and strong tradition of public sector employment at all three levels of government, increasing numbers of recent graduates have embarked on private sector careers in finance, financial services and business services, or have found fulfilling careers in with non-governmental organizations.
4U Advanced Functions and Introductory Calculus or recognized equivalent is recommended for those pursuing a concentration in Economics since all Economics concentrations require a first year university level course in calculus. However, the introductory courses and most second year field courses in Economics do not require any calculus background.
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