Economics Major - Bachelor of Business

Are you logical, analytical and fascinated by how incentives affect human behaviour? Study economics in the Bachelor of Business degree.

The discipline of economics is founded on the three fundamental fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. Concepts from these areas can be combined to provide answers to some of the most pressing problems facing the world, such as poverty, unemployment, climate change, crime and inequality. Alternatively, they can be applied to the commercial sphere, and can address issues like domestic and international competition, consumer and firm behaviour, world trade and finance, and economic growth and development.

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As an economics student you'll learn how markets work, how government operates, and the impact global affairs can have on individuals. You'll also become familiar with data processing and data presentation with the Economics major.

Year 1

In the first semester, you take four core courses that cover fundamental business concepts:

In Semester 2, you study:

You also start to take the first courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Year 2 & 3

You develop an understanding of how economic theory can be applied to a wide range of issues faced by consumers, businesses and governments.

Economics courses may include:

You also continue to take courses from your second major, minor(s) or elective courses.

Workplace experience

The capstone project is the final part of your degree and takes place in your final semester. You can choose to do a placement in an organisation of your choice, start your own venture or complete an applied project, bringing together your learning and gaining valuable experience.

Recent placements included:

  • Auckland Council
  • ASB
  • Goldman Sachs
  • KPMG
  • Spark
  • The Warehouse Group
  • Vodafone NZ

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Skills you will develop

The outcomes for graduates of the Economics major are outlined in the Graduate Profile below.

Graduate Profile

Current students looking for specific requirements for business majors should refer to Canvas.

Career opportunities when you study the Economics major

  • Acquisition manager
  • Business risk auditor
  • Financial markets analyst
  • Investment banker
  • Service designer
  • Researcher in a consulting firm or non-profit organisation
  • Strategic planner, analyst or policy advisor in a local council

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Key features
  • Study at an internationally recognised School of Economics
  • Can open up a wide range of career opportunities
  • Option to include subjects from outside of business as part of your degree
  • Valuable workplace experience in an organisation of your choice
See yourself as
  • Interested in testing theories with empirical data
  • Keen on modelling behaviour with attention to detail
  • Analytical and a good communicator
Alex Mazzone-Pitt
William Austin
Tayla Webb
Kiran Chandradevan
Patricia Ysabel Flores Dela Cruz

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