The Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree is a two-year credential offered by many institutions in the province of British Columbia and beyond. The Associate Degree program is designed to provide broad-based knowledge and experiences in preparation for entering the workforce, or as a foundation for further undergraduate study.
For full program description, requirements, and policies, see the Academic Calendar.
Our Associate of Arts Degree and Associate of Science concentrations:
The Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree is a foundational degree consisting of 60 credits in total, typically completed over a two-year period. The credits must include a minimum of 36 credits in arts, including at least 18 credits in first- and second-year economics. Upon completion of the Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree program, students may choose to enter the workforce or continue their undergraduate studies.
Transfer to 3rd/4th Year at a University
An Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree may be transferrable to the third year of a four-year bachelor’s degree program at a university.
Some BC universities accept Associate Degree graduates at a reduced GPA requirement. For more information on the option of transferring to a university upon completion of an Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree, please consult the BC Transfer Guide or see an Academic Advisor.
Enter the Workforce
International students completing the Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree program at Alexander College are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Our Associate of Arts Economics Degree Program will enhance skills as well as provide experiences and aptitudes in the following areas:
Ability to use analytical tools to interpret business data
Knowledge of economic theory and its applications
Knowledge of micro and macroeconomic policy issues
Understanding of government policy pertaining to markets
Familiarity with managerial decision making strategies
The Associate of Arts Economics Degree program consists of the following course requirements, which must be completed with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater.
I. 6 credits in first-year English
II. 9 credits in science which shall include at least:
III. 36 credits in arts which shall include:
IV. 9 credits in arts, science, or other areas
A concentration in Economics allows students to explore their specific interests in the field.
This degree can also qualify graduates for positions that demand greater responsibility than those achievable with a high school diploma.
With an Associate of Arts (Economics) Degree, students can seek entry-level employment in business, management, and financial services.
Examples of positions in these sectors include, but are not limited to:
Accounting or Bookkeeping Assistant
Assistant Business Analyst
Assistant to Financial Consultant
Marketing Research Associate
We get to know Brian Sung who is the current ACSA president! As a Commerce student, Brian wishes to one day work for an international trade company or an embassy.
Brian also invites any new students to come check out ACSA and play a bigger role at Alexander College.Watch Video
we shine the spotlight on our AC student, Andrew! Andrew shares more about himself, why he decided on AC, and some advice for future students!Watch Video
We get to know Nicole Zou! Nicole has been at Alexander College for 2 years and is looking to one day find a job in commerce.
She is also an active member of ACSA and encourages new students to be brave and try new things.Watch Video
We shine the spotlight on our AC student, Dennis! Dennis shares more about himself, why he decided on AC, and some advice for future students!Watch Video
We connect with Gladys who graduated from both SFU and Alexander College! Now an English teacher in China, Gladys loves sharing her experiences in Canada with her students and hopes to one day inspire her class to travel and see the world.Watch Video
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