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12 October 2023
Economics studies how people and societies make decisions in the production, distribution, and consumption of goods and services.




Economics is the study of how people behave and make decisions — how we use our resources, how we deal with issues like climate change, which career we choose, and more. These decisions involve trade-offs between costs and benefits, and we are constantly considering these in our everyday life.

At UC, there are lots of opportunities to gain experience including industry projects, internships, clubs, and overseas study trips.



What will my study involve?

  • Learn about the impact of your choices on the world, and how foreign countries impact Aotearoa New Zealand’s economy.
  • Option for a final-year internship.
  • Economics major and minor is available in many degrees so you can combine studies with other relevant areas such as Finance, Product Design, Political Science and International Relations, and Psychology.



Economics major

For the major in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Commerce, and Bachelor of Science, complete the following courses:


These courses are also recommended.



If you are interested in postgraduate studies in Economics, you will also need to take MATH102 Mathematics 1A and STAT101 Statistics 1 during your degree. Those doing their major in the Bachelor of Science will also need to take ECON321 Microeconomic Analysis, ECON324 Econometrics, and ECON326 Macro and Monetary Economics.

For the complete three-year Bachelor of Commerce Economics major degree plan, see Te Kura Umanga | UC Business School website.

Economics minor

For the minor in the Bachelor of Arts, Commerce, Digital Screen, Health Sciences, Product Design, Psychological Science, Science, Social and Environmental Sustainability, Sport, or Youth and Community Leadership, complete the following courses:





Career opportunities

By analysing the impact of choices by government, consumers, and businesses, you will learn important skills like critical thinking, understanding risk, and forecasting to help make better decisions.

Career pathways could include:

  • professional economist
  • market research
  • data analyst
  • banking and investment.

Find out more about what you can do with a degree in Economics.

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