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The Economics Department offers 8 different options under the Bachelor of Arts degree. Combinations with economics include: Accounting, Environmental Studies, Finance, Mathematics, Political Science, Philosophy and Social Studies. We currently have around 240 majors and 23 faculty.
A degree in economics can lead to a number of career paths. Western graduates in economics have found success in business, as advisors and researchers, as well as in education. Other graduates have gone on to professional schools such as MBA programs or law school. Employment as a professional economist often requires further study and a number of Western economics graduates have gone on to pursue a Ph.D. in economics or a related field.
An undergraduate degree in economics is a fantastic way to develop a solid foundation of critical thinking and analytical problem solving regardless of what field a graduate may choose later in life.
As we did last year, we are listing three specific areas of support. First, because we realize that many of our students and their families have experienced financial hardships during the pandemic, we are recommending the Economics Department Scholarship Fund as a possible recipient of your donation. Your gift to this fund will go directly to help provide student scholarships in economics and allow students to continue their studies through challenging times. Our second area of focus is the Paul Storer Memorial Fund. This fund honors the memory of our friend and colleague, Paul Storer, and supports annual talks by a scholar in the area of US-Canadian Economic Relations, as well as sending students to economics conferences (conference fees, lodging, transportation). Many of these activities were suspended during the pandemic and we hope that we can provide the support necessary to give as many students as possible these experiences as things open up again. Finally, our third designated fund is the Economics Department Fund. Contributions to this fund provide support to faculty and students in the department by funding student events and research, hosting student club events and guest speakers, and providing our year-end awards for academic excellence.