Finance and Economics
Algoma University’s four-year Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics is a unique program, different from other university programs found across the province. Our faculty is committed to a hands-on learning experience where students are able to establish a personal relationship with their professors. This fosters a very intimate and interactive learning environment.
Unlike at most other post-secondary institutions, Algoma University offers a degree in both finance and economics – most other universities only offer one or the other. By combining both programs, students earn a holistic degree, which emphasizes the financial analysis and management side of economics and business administration, and therefore equips students with advanced skills in financial analysis, management, and forecasting skills.
Our program concentrates on theory, applications, and explorations in current and policy-related issues at the regional, national, and international level. Students will study the roles of government, business, and financial institutions, as well as individuals as they interact to determine the distribution of a country’s total range of goods and services. Courses cover a wide array of topic areas, including environmental economic policies, microeconomics, urban economics, international trade, public finance, international finance, elementary statistical methods for economists, among others.
Upon graduation, students will have a solid foundational working knowledge of various economic and financial terms, concepts, and principles. Students will know how to solve complex problems and distinguish between correct and incorrect applications of economic concepts. They will be able to review, present, and interpret quantitative and qualitative information and will thoroughly understand the limits that exist within the realm of finance and economics. By graduation, they will also have perfected their communication skills and be able to conduct themselves in a professional manner in the work world.
Aside from academics, Algoma University’s finance and economics program differs from others due to its student body. Algoma University’s student body is one of the most diverse in Canada. With over 24 per cent of our students coming from outside of Canada, our student body is reflective of today’s global marketplace. By having such a diverse classroom, students are exposed to new and differing ideals and opinions regarding laws, customs, and finance. Thus, our classrooms reflect the real world. Once students have graduated from the program, they will have an understanding of finance and economics and how to work with a diverse clientele – both of which are assets to resumes. Plus, Algoma U grads know the benefits of working in a diverse workplace, a key question asked in interviews by employers in today’s competitive workforce.
Algoma University offers flexible programming as well. Whether students want to study on a full-time or part-time basis, or take advantage of the co-operative education opportunities, students can complete the requirements for their finance and economics degree day or night. Spring and summer term courses also provide added flexibility. Thus, students can achieve real experience in the work world while still working toward completing their degree.