Undergraduate study in Economics

What can you study in Economics?

Stage I courses deal with the broad areas of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Microeconomics is about decision-making by individual consumers and firms, and how resources are priced and allocated through markets. Macroeconomics ideals with outcomes for an economy as a whole, such as employment and exchange rates. Both microeconomics and macroeconomics are concerned with how government policies and market outcomes interact.

At more advanced levels, you can study all the main areas of Economics and pursue your own interests.

Other useful subjects

Economics complements Philosophy, Sociology, Political Studies, History, Geography, Law and Employment Relations and Organisation Studies.
 

Undergraduate programmes in Economics

You can study Economics as a BA major or take elective courses.

Find out about your options for the Bachelor of Arts

From 2018 the BA minor in Economics will no longer be available for new admissions. If you are currently enrolled in the minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

Economics is also available for programmes in the Faculty of Business and Economics.
 

Entry into Stage I Economics courses

To be able to enrol in ECON 151 and 152 you will need to meet the following selection criteria.

  • Domestic school leavers require an NCEA rank score of at least 180, a CIE rank score of 190 or an IB rank score of 27.
  • Returning University of Auckland students require a GPA of at least 3.
  • Students transferring from other tertiary institutions require a GPE of at least 3, based on the most recent full-time year of tertiary study.
  • International students must meet the above criteria, depending on their entrance category.

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The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics

If you are beginning a BA in 2018

You can take a major in Economics as one of your two BA majors (a double major). You will need to pass at least 120 points (eight courses) towards each of your majors, including at least 45 points (three courses) at Stage III.

If you first enrolled in a BA prior to 2018

Requirements for a BA major and minor

For a single major you must pass at least 135 points, including at least 60 points above Stage II.

For a double major you must pass at least 120 points in each of two majors, including at least 45 points above Stage II in each major.

For a BA minor you must pass at least 90 points, including at least 60 points above Stage I. BA minors will be discontinued for new admissions from 2018. If you are currently enrolled in a minor, please seek advice from the Arts Students’ Centre.

University regulations for the Bachelor of Arts

How to choose your courses

You must choose your courses from those listed in the BA schedule for Economics. You must also meet any specific requirements indicated in the schedule.

2018 BA schedule for Economics

For help with degree planning

Drop in to the Arts Students' Centre.