Economics Major - Bachelor of Arts

Economics is vital to both the social sciences and public policy. This major develops and applies concepts and frameworks that are essential for understanding and addressing critical economic and social issues.

Economics is about choice; the choices people, companies and governments make every day – from how we respond to price changes to how governments address issues like growing income inequality or climate change. In a world with increasingly scarce resources these decisions are crucial. That’s why economists are highly sought after in both the private and public sector.


This is part of the Bachelor of Arts.

The Economics major helps you develop a sound understanding of economic principles and advanced concepts. Our emphasis is on developing core competencies in economic analysis in the context of real-life settings that can serve as a platform for a wide range of future career options.

Apart from the courses below you also need to complete courses from your second major, your chosen minor(s) or electives.

Core courses

All Bachelor of Arts students need to complete core courses that help you develop transferable skills and support your work in all other courses in the degree.

Academic Communication

Choose one of:

Culture and Society

Complete one course from each of the following clusters. Each cluster aligns with one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Economics courses

Level 5 courses

Complete the following course:

Level 6 courses

Complete the following courses:

Level 7 courses

Complete the following courses:

Workplace experience

Workplace experience (Work Integrated Learning) is the final part of your degree and takes a full semester. This is a supervised work placement related to your major(s), for an organisation of your choice.

  • Policy advisor in a government ministry
  • Researcher in a consulting firm or non-profit organisation
  • Strategic planner, analyst or policy advisor in a local council
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Economics Careers

Key features
  • Economics is central to both private and public sectors
  • Complements other social sciences and business majors
  • 150 hours work experience placement
  • Diverse career opportunities
See yourself as
  • Logical and systematic
  • Strategic and analytical
  • Interested in business analysis and planning
  • Fascinated by public policy formation and evaluation

The information on this page was correct at time of publication. For a comprehensive overview of AUT qualifications, please refer to the Academic Calendar.

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