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Bachelor of Arts (Economics)

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  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ or via distance learning

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Bachelor of Arts (Economics) structure

You will begin your major in economics with two 100-level courses: ‘Economics of Business’ and ‘Principles of Macroeconomics’. Both these courses are compulsory. Supporting courses in mathematics or statistics are also useful in your first year.

You then move to the 200-level courses by studying ‘Intermediate Macroeconomics’ and ‘Intermediate Microeconomics’. You can structure the rest of your major around your particular interests, whether it’s international trade, resource and environmental economics, financial economics, or public policy.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations. It will display the regulatory information for the programme you have selected.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Possible First Year

You may know you have an interest in Economics but you are unsure about what courses might complement this interest or lead on to a second major, or minor. The following list provides possible choices for interests in Philosophy, Politics, Security Studies, Social Policy or Sociology to help with planning your first year of study. A usual full-time workload for first year is eight courses; four courses in Semester One, and four courses in Semester Two.

You should take:
230.110 Turangawaewae: Identity and Belonging in Aotearoa New Zealand
230.111 Tū Kupu: Writing and Inquiry
230.112 Tu Arohae: Critical Thinking
178.100 Principles of Macroeconomics
115.106 Economics

Choose three electives from:
134.101 Knowledge and Reality
134.102 Great Western Philosophy
134.104 Practical Ethics
149.180 Intro to Security Studies
176.101 Intro to Sociology
176.102 NZ Society
279.101 Intro to Social Policy
200.161 Intro to Politics
200.162 Politics and Public Policy in NZ
230.121 Future State: NZ in the 21st Century

This is not an exhaustive list of options and you can search for courses in other interest areas e.g. Business via the course search webpage.

Requirements

Major requirements

A major consists of 135 credits in Economics, including 115.113, 178.100, 178.200 and 178.201. If you do not have NCEA Level 3 or equivalent in Mathematics with Calculus you are advised to include in your degree 160.103 Methods of Mathematics.

Minor requirements

A minor in Economics must include: 115.113, 178.100; 15 credits at 300 level; 30 credits at 200 and/or 300 level from the Economics schedule.

To find out how to plan your study and/or see what courses are necessary to complete your programme, please check the regulations.

If you would like to find out more about individual course requirements, please use our Course search.

Note: Not all courses will be offered in all modes or across all campuses in any given year.

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