Economics is where business, applied mathematics, and human behaviour meet. Studying it requires not only an analytical mind, but also curiosity about contemporary events and society as a whole.

Economic models are used to examine choice in all forms of social interactions including but not limited to business, politics, international relations, workplace, family, schools, and criminal activities. In sum, economics provides one set of tools that you can use to analyze, explain, and predict human interaction in virtually any situation. Studying economics provides you with the analytical and critical thinking skills to understand all kinds of choice decisions and to learn more about the world in which you live.

Why study Economics at Bishop’s?

Bishop’s is located in Lennoxville (a suburb of Sherbrooke), which is a small, peaceful, bilingual town brimming with community spirit. Lennoxville itself is located in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, which are renowned for their beauty and opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Perhaps the greatest advantage of studying at Bishop’s is its smallness. You won’t get lost here — all the teachers get to know you by name and give individual attention to every student. Bishop’s Economics department is committed to excellent teaching. Indeed, the Economics faculty have won a number of teaching awards and have received national recognition in Macleans magazine.

Program strengths

B.A. (Major Economics)

  • The Major program provides students with the necessary skills for the job market and emphasizes a balanced approach amongst theoretical, analytical, and policy issues.
  • A unique feature of our Major program is a required practicum course in Economic Analysis and Policy that applies economic theories, in a research paper, to real world policy applications.
  • The Major program allows students to take a wide range of complementary courses in other disciplines or even to complete a double major in Economics and another discipline.
  • One of the most popular combined degrees is a major in Economics combined with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a finance concentration.
  • The research focus of the Department is appealing for students with interests in Economics, Business, Environmental Issues, Political Studies, and Mathematics.

B.A. (Honours Economics)

  • The Honours program is more intensive and employs more rigorous analyses with the aim of preparing students for graduate studies in Economics.
  • A major feature of our Honours program is a required course in economics research writing, which provides students with a solid foundation for graduate research work.

International Political Economy

  • The Major and Honours programs in International Political Economy aim to develop skills necessary for research, analysis, and evaluation of issues pertinent to the rapidly expanding global economy.

Did you know ?

  • Even though we’re small, you can expect to have access to facilities normally found at a large university. We have many computer labs and most of the classrooms are equipped with the latest technology. Our library boasts a collection of nearly 600,000 items and subscribes to over 19,500 print and online periodicals.
  • Bishop’s University sponsors one of the largest student exchange programs of any Canadian University. Exchange agreements are in place with over 500 Universities worldwide. Exchanges allow you to cultivate a global perspective and a better understanding of current issues — an ideal opportunity for a student of economics!

Courses & Programs


Popular courses

  • Game Theory
  • Public Economics
  • Contemporary Perspectives in Political Economy
  • International Trade
  • Environmental Economics
  • Economic Development

Where can this lead me?

Because studying economics provides you with many valuable skills, your BA will serve you well in many careers. A sample of the careers our recent graduates have followed is:

  • Economist: Bank of Canada
  • Economist: Government of British Columbia
  • Economist: The Royal Bank
  • Portfolio Manager: Bank of Montreal
  • Economist: Statistics Canada
  • Financial Analyst: RBC Investments
  • Management Consultant: Bain & Company
  • Manager of Customer Services: RBC Investments
  • Full Underwriter: Export Development Canada

Some of our recent graduates have also chosen to continue their studies at the graduate level, earning MA and PhD degrees in Economics, Law, and Political Science, as well as MBAs. Indeed, many business and law schools value the solid training in economic theory, quantitative methods, and applied research provided by an undergraduate economics degree.