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Government, Economics and Management Major

Government, Economics and Management

Admission Requirements

Tackling Challenges in the Public Sector

 Gain Transferable Business Skills

Government, Economics and Management will help you develop transferable business skills in law, human resources, marketing, accounting and finance, and pursue diverse career opportunities within the public, private and voluntary sectors.

 Better Understand Public Policy and Sector

The GEM major helps students better understand political culture and institutions and how they relate to private and public sector entities, to critically examine public policies, and the Canadian policy making process. 

 Go Beyond the Classroom

Dissect political issues like democracy, accountability, equity, fairness, and justice, in addition to learning more on how to optimize Canadian public policy. 

Why Government, Economics and Management?

Dive head-first into the unique intersection between the public sector with business and economics, confronting questions of why public servants and politicians make the decisions they do, management of public entities, policy decisions and outcomes, and the public sector administration as a whole – inside and out. If you are interested in public service, public sector businesses, business-government relations or pursuing law school – this degree is for you.

Students in the Government, Economics and Management (GEM) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Management, Economics and Finance, Economics, Management, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Introductory Microeconomics
  • Business Mathematics
  • Introductory Marketing
  • Introduction to Business
Semester 2
  • Introductory Macroeconomics
  • Individuals and Groups in Organizations
  • Public Policy
  • Canadian Government and Politics

Semester 3
  • Introductory Financial Accounting
  • Intermediate Microeconomics
  • Economic Statistics
  • Public Policy: Challenges and Prospects
  • Economic Growth and Environmental Quality
  • Introductory Development Economics
  • Business History
Semester 4
  • Management Accounting
  • Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • Business Career Preparation
  • Public Administration and Governance
  • Ethics
  • Business and Professional Ethics
  • Philosophy of Law

Semester 5
  • Operations Management
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business and Consumer Law or Housing and Real Estate Law
  • Financial Management
Semester 6
  • Public Economics
  • Information Management
  • The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
  • Law, Politics and Judicial Process
  • Local Government in Ontario
  • Comparative Public Policy

Semester 7
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Business-Government Relations in Canada
  • Multi-Level Governance in Canada
  • Topics in Public Management
  • Advanced Lecture in Public Management
  • Honours Political Science Research I
Semester 8
  • Managerial Economics
  • Strategic Management
  • Multi-Level Governance in Canada
  • Topics in Public Management
  • Honours Political Science Research II
  • Law, Politics and Judicial Process
  • The Constitution and Canadian Federalism
  • Local Government in Ontario
  • Comparative Public Policy

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op 

Our Government, Economics and Management co-op provides over 20 months of real-world co-op experience, designed to facilitate the transition of students from academic studies to a professional career improving students’ job search skills, work performance and networking abilities, and boosting resume experience.

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