Honors Specialization in Economics, Politics & Philosophy

The Honors Specialization in Economics, Politics, and Philosophy is a 4 year Honors degree with an economics base that prepares students to be critical thinkers and informed citizens. Similar programs at elite universities in North America and Europe have attracted outstanding students. EPP should appeal to motivated students interested in the relationships between economic issues, social justice and public policy. A degree in EPP prepares students to be leaders as they pursue careers in areas such as politics, government, law, journalism and business.

Main campus honors students may not enroll in any honors economics courses at an affiliated college, even if the course is not offered on main campus (special permission is not granted under any circumstances). Also, students enrolled at an affiliated college may not enroll in honors economic courses on main campus.

Progression in this module will be assessed in May. Those who have not met the progression requirements at that time will have their registration changed. In order to progress the student must maintain average of 70% with no mark below 60% within their principle courses. Students enrolled in any Honors degree cannot fail any courses, otherwise they will be removed from the module.

Students planning to do graduate work in Economics are advised to consult the Department before selecting courses. Students are also advised to take intermediate to advanced Math courses as part of their electives in order to be competitive when applying to graduate school.

Scholarship eligibility is affected if courses are dropped. Students must have five full courses in the current year as well as in the previous year of study (summer courses are excluded).

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% with no mark less than 60% in 3.0 principal courses, including the following 2.5 courses: Economics 1021A/B and 1022A/B, or Economics 1020; Political Science 1020E; and Calculus 1000A/B or 1100A/B. Note: Students can enter the module without Political Science 1020E, but they must complete this course by the end of the second year. (Engineering students and Science students may substitute Economics 2001A/B, and Applied Math 1413A/B. Please see department for details.)

(Note: Students entering this program before September 1, 2010, who have not completed Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1500A/B or the former Calculus 1100A/B may fulfill the math entry requirement with an average of at least 70% and no mark less than 60% in 1.0 course from the former Linear Algebra 1600A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1229A/B, the former Mathematics 030. Such students are required to complete Economics 2210A/B as part of the module requirements.)

Module (9.0 courses)

  • 2.5 courses normally taken in second year in Economics 2220A, 2222A, 2223B, 2260A, 2261B *
  • 1.0 course in Political Science 2237E; or both of Philosophy 2800F/G and Philosophy 2801F/G.
  • 1.0 course in Philosophy 2500F/G and Philosophy 2700F/G.
  • 1.0 course in Political Science at the 2200 level (Political Science 2211E is recommended).
  • 0.5 course in Economics at the 2200 or 3000 level with an F/G designation.
  • 1.5 courses normally taken in the fourth year in Economics 4400E and Economics 3388A/B.
  • 1.0 course in any Economics, Political Science, or Philosophy at the 3000 level. (Students are responsible for making sure they have the prerequisites for the courses they wish to take.)
  • 0.5 additional course in Economics, Political Science, or Philosophy at the 2200 level or above, Epidemiology 4615A/B.

*Students who have taken a full or half course in introductory statistics at the 2100 level or higher in the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences can substitute that course for Economics 2222A/B towards the module requirements. Students who have completed any other introductory statistics course listed as an anti-requisite to Economics 2222A/B must replace Economics 2222A/B with 0.5 course in Economics at the 2200 or 3000 level.

Students who have completed (prior to enrollment in the module) Economics 2150A/B, 2151A/B and 2152A/B with an average of 80% and no mark less than 75%, and who have taken Calculus 1000A/B or Calculus 1100A/B with a mark of at least 60%, may enter the Honors Specialization in Economics, Politics and Philosophy and be exempt from taking Economics 2220A/B, 2260A/B and 2261A/B. Students who have completed these requirements and have also completed Economics 2122A/B and 2123A/B with an average of 80% and no mark less than 75% may also be exempt from taking Economics 2222A/B and 2223A/B.

Courses completed as part of this module may not be counted towards additional modules in Political Science or Philosophy.

Note: Students considering graduate study in economics or finance should take additional economics and mathematics courses and are strongly advised to consult with the Undergraduate Coordinator.