BA Advising

Our undergraduate advisors are here to help you. If you have any questions or concerns about your degree and course requirements, please get in contact with us.

Advising for the Bachelor of Arts

The Arts Advising office assists UBC Faculty of Arts students throughout their degree: from helping them understand their degree requirements and responsibilities, to connecting them to appropriate support resources, to approving their graduation application.

Additional economics-specific course advising is provided by the Vancouver School of Economics faculty to undergraduate art students, by appointment only.

Co-Op Advising

Arts Academic Advising

Frequently Asked Questions

No. IB Econ 1st 6.0 credits are not equivalent to UBCV Econ 101 and Econ 102 and cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites for economic courses.

The honours, majors and combined majors code can only be entered by the Vancouver School of Economics if you are accepted into the programs. The minor code can be entered by you (Faculty of Arts Students only) on the Student Services Centre as long as you have a major. The minor code for economics is 3006.

You can come to the Vancouver School of Economics Office located in the Iona Building (6000 Iona Drive) call Undergraduate Student Support (604) 827-4052 or send an email to: and the specialization code will be re-entered.

Yes, students wishing to pursure another honours subject besides Economics should consult the Honours Advisor.

It is essential for students to plan their program of studies over their final two years to ensure that they complete:

  1.  All requirements for the honours program
  2. All Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Science requirements for graduation

Economics honour students are required to obtain Vancouver School of Economics approval of the economics honour section of their program. The VSE will verify whether the student’s proposed program satisfies all economics honour requirements. The student must independently seek verification from the Faculty of Arts Advising Services Office/Faculty of Science Advising Office as to whether their program satisfies faculty requirements for graduation.

It is recommended that students check their program of study to ensure that they complete:

  1. All requirements for their economics minor program.
  2. All requirements for their intended major.
  3. All Faculty of Arts/Faculty of Sciences/Sauder Business School/Faculty Applied Science requirements for graduation.

The Faculty of Arts has a ruling that to graduate with a major, a student must include in the 120 credits required for the degree at least 42 credits but no more than 60 credits in one subject (discipline) or field of specialization. You may take more than 60 economic credits, but they won't be used in the 120 total credits required to graduate.

The Faculty of Arts has a regulation on promotion requirements: “Students who have completed 27 credits are promoted to second-year. Students who have completed 54 credits are promoted to third-year. Students who have completed 84 credits are promoted to fourth-year.”

To be eligible for a scholarship or award, students should:

  • be registered in at least 24 percentage-graded credits
  • attain standing in the top 10% of your year and faculty or an average of 75% or higher
  • receive a passing grade in all courses
  • complete all courses (e.g., no missing grades or standing deferred courses)

Applications are competitive, and there is no guarantee that you will receive a scholarship, award, or prize by meeting the minimum award requirements.

Students must be registered in at least 24 credits to keep the scholarship or award funding they have been offered in that academic year. Credits from summer courses are NOT counted towards minimum credit load requirements. Only courses and grades earned during the winter session are considered.


4th Year students registered in their last degree required courses must apply for graduation through the Student Service Centre. Students who are not registered in the Winter Session must contact Enrolment Services for assistance with their graduation applications.

Please call the Vancouver School of Economics (604) 827-4052 to book an advising appointment to see if the economic program requirements for graduation have been satisfied.

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