Bachelor of Arts Honors in Economics, BAHons (Economics)

The Honors Degree Program in Economics conducted by the Department of Economics and Statistics seeks to produce Scholars, Innovators, Leaders and Global Citizens in the following manner: 

Scholars - Graduates produced by the Department have a broad knowledge base and disciplinary expertise. They are aware of the contemporary research in their field of specialization and able to conduct their own research and investigations. They are excited by ideas, discovery and learning and are conscientious in their endeavors by analyzing the real world incidences through sophisticated analytical platform to understand the complexities of the worlds they encounter at work and in society.  

Innovators - Graduates of the Department have to be with a vision for future and solution focused. They are curious, critical and creative. They are capable of developing unique and sustainable solutions to the real world problems.

Leaders - Our graduates take personal responsibility and seek opportunities to work with others to advance thinking and achievement in all spheres of their lives. They are confident, inspiring and influential.

Global Citizens - Graduates who complete our degree program are expected to be able to appreciate the role of the University and are aware of global issues. They act with integrity and fluency across cultures and perspectives, are committed to the betterment of the society, open in their thinking and appreciative of the riches that diversity and equity bring.

Graduate Capabilities
There are six clusters of generic capabilities, which the Department seeks to foster in all of its graduates through teaching and learning in the respective Honors Degree Programs of study. These, as relevant to the Honors Degree Program in Economics, are:

1. Disciplinary Knowledge & Practice Descriptor This theme 

Graduates are expected to understand he theory and practice in the field of conomics and appreciate the role of their discipline in its contexts especially in the policy formulation process. They should appreciate the capacity of their discipline in research

This theme includes the ability to

  • demonstrate an advanced knowledge and understanding of the core aspects of the area of study.
  • critically analyze data, make judgments and propose solution to problems.
  • construct and sustain arguments use these arguments ,ideas and techniques in problem solving.
  • use practical skills and enquiry efficiently within the area of study.
  • conduct research in the field of study.
  • operate fluently in the terminology, analytic methods and practices of Economics.
  • understand the wider trends and developments that have shaped the field of study.

2. Critical Thinking 

Graduates are expected to be able to contest knowledge and practice, critically consider ideas, texts and research and think reflectively and reflexively.

This theme includes the ability to

  • think imaginatively and innovatively.
  • evaluate problems from multiple perspectives.
  • access information and judge its pertinence.
  • introduce new dimensions to existing ones in the domestic environment.
  • enrich domestic tools of thinking

3. Solution Seeking 

Graduates are expected to be able to apply theory, analysis, research and creative skills to solve problems and make reasoned decisions. They are expected to be able to consider long-term and big picture perspectives, to systematically address complex problems and to be imaginative in their solution seeking.  construct and sustain arguments and use these arguments, ideas and techniques in problem solving for a given situation. consider long-term and big picture perspectives including, where applicable, sustainability and social, economic and environmental impact. 

This theme includes the ability to

4. Communication & Engagement  

Graduates are expected to be able to receive and interpret information, express ideas and share knowledge with diverse audiences in a range of media and formats. They are expected to be able to establish a rapport and build collaborative relationships with individuals and groups. 

This theme includes the ability to

  • communicate/present information ,ideas, issues and solution efficiently and effectively.
  • demonstrate awareness of the current developments in the area of study.
  • participate actively in teams and professional networks.
  • communicate effectively using ICT skills.
  • adapt an artistic, design-based or discursive style to audience and purpose.
  • express ideas effectively in writing, speech, design, image and sound using English , Sinhala and Tamil appropriately and accurately.
  • chart and present data. 

5. Independence & Integrity

Graduates are expected to be able to learn and work autonomously and ethically. They are expected to be lifelong learners, to show resilience, proactively and an ability to make principled decisions in academic and professional spheres.

This theme includes the ability to

  • participate in lifelong learning in and beyond their discipline. 
  • exhibit resilience, independence and personal autonomy
  • demonstrate leadership, personal characteristics and attitudes that are consistent with the ethical behavior.
  • understand the academic integrity and the professional ethics within a disciplinary context.
  • learn independently and proactively.

6. Social & Environmental Responsibilities

Graduates are expected to be sensitive to cultural diversity and to embrace difference. Our graduates are expected to recognize a role for themselves in creating a sustainable future and be able to consider the social, cultural, environmental and economic consequences of national and international issues.

This theme includes the ability to

  • consider the wider implications of local and global issues.
  • adopt sustainability principles and practices.
  • demonstrate awareness of sustainability implications of world events
  • exercise cultural competence and appreciate diversity.
  • participate in community based projects.

Year I Semester I
ECO 111 (3) Introduction to Microeconomics

Year I Semester II
ECO 121 (3) Introduction to Macroeconomics

Year II Semester I
ECO 211 (3) H +G+M Intermediate Microeconomics
ECO 212 (3) H +G Economy of Sri Lanka
ECO 213 (3) H Mathematics for Economics

Year II Semester II
ECO 221 (3) H +G+M Intermediate Macroeconomics
ECO 222 (3) H +G Applied Economics
ECO 223 (3) H Advanced Microeconomics

Year III Semester I
ECO 311 (3) H +G+M International Economics
ECO 312 (3) H +G* Monetary Economics
ECO 313 (3) H +G* Public Finance
ECO 314 (3) H Statistics for Economics
ECO 315 (3) H Advanced Macroeconomics

Year III Semester II
ECO 321 (3) H +G+M Project Evaluation
ECO 322 (3) H +G* Comparative Economic Systems
ECO 323 (3) H +G* Agricultural Economics
ECO 324 (3) H Development Economics
ECO 325 (3) H Econometrics I
ECO 326 (3) G* Scientific Report Writing

Year IV Semester I
ECO 411 (3) H Research Methods for Economics
ECO 412 (3) H Econometrics II

The Department has authority to offer three course units from the following:
ECO 413 (3) H Business Economics
ECO 414 (3) H Environmental Economics
ECO 415 (3) H Human Resource Economics
ECO 416 (3) H Rural Development
ECO 417 (3) H Industrial Economics
ECO 418 (3) H Health Economics
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Year IV Semester II
ECO 421 (6) H Dissertation / Practical Training

G* required to follow by the students who offer Economics as the major subject in the general degree only.


SLQF Level  
Credits Honors
Medium of Instruction Sinhala / English
Duration: 04 Year Special
03 Year General