Combined Major in Philosophy and Economics

The combined major in philosophy and economics is designed for students who want to pair economic analysis with philosophical insight. This major might be a good choice if you are interested in topics such as markets, rational choice, social welfare and broad political themes such as justice and fairness.


Admission to the program is subject to the admission requirements, restrictions and application processes that pertain currently to the Major in Economics. In addition to faculty requirements, the program has Economics, Philosophy, and joint requirements. Admission is by application through the Vancouver School of Economics.


(Please note that courses offered by the Vancouver campus are denoted with ‘_V‘ in Workday, e.g. PHIL_V 100.)

Economics Requirements:

In addition to the admission requirements for the Major in Economics, students must complete:

  • ECON 301 (or 304).
  • ECON 302 (or 305).
  • ECON 326.
  • 6 ECON credits at the 300-level or higher.
  • ECON 490.

Note: Students who are exempt from specific required courses (e.g. ECON 301, ECON 325, ECON 326) because they have received credit for a non-ECON approved equivalent may have to take additional ECON 3XX or 4XX level courses so that they satisfy the Combined Major requirement of 30 ECON credits.

Philosophy Requirements:

Students take an 18-credit core plus 12 credits of electives at the 300-/400-level. The 18-credit core consists of PHIL 220 or 222 or 321, 230, 330, one of 240 or 340, one of PHIL 314, 315, 338, 360, 369, 461, and one research seminar from among the following: 431, 432, 469 and 491. Students may use any 300-/400-level philosophy courses to fulfill their elective requirements excluding PHIL 400 and 401.

Joint Requirements

Students must complete both ECON 318/PHIL 362 and ECON 319/PHIL 363 (6 credits). They may elect to take these under either the Philosophy or Economics course code. Credits obtained for ECON 318/PHIL 362 and ECON 319/PHIL 363 may be applied towards fulfilling the Economics or Philosophy elective credits requirements.

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