Economics - Economics and Finance - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

 

Studying Economics at Canterbury -
the Compact Route

(ideal for double majors or others seeking a minimum footprint)

What is Economics?

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Economics is the study of how people behave. Every day, people and society are confronted by choices. Should you go to university or start a career? What should you do with your next dollar? Should the government raise the minimum wage, or not? How do we address the big issues in the world such as poverty and climate change? Choices involve trade-offs where we are choosing between two things that we like.
The outcomes of choices have both costs and benefits to consider. Economics is the study of how people and societies make such decisions in the production, exchange, distribution and consumption of goods and services.

This page describes the compact route and is a great pathway for students looking to combine Economics with another major or another degree but who have little interest in post-graduate Economics. 
Economics combines very well with any other discipline that can be studied in the BCom, BA, or BSc.  Hence you can use the minimum footprint pathway to easily add a second string to your bow and enhance your employability.  While any combination is possible and every combination has almost certainly been done at some point, particularly common subjects that students combine with Economics are

  • BCom           Finance, Marketing, Accounting
  • BA                Political Science, Philosophy, History
  • BSc              Psychology, Geography, Mathematics, Statistics

Economics is also an excellent second degree for those students undertaking the LLB.
Economics is available as a minor in the BA and is a great addition to an Arts degree.

Career Paths

Students who include some Economics in their degree acquire very valuable analytical and critical thinking skills that are useful in a wide range of careers. Employers see Economics as challenging and rigorous so students who have some training in Economics are seen as capable of performing at a high level. Graduates will find careers in a wide range of sectors depending on their interests and complementary skills, e.g. banking, insurance, the energy sector, government and policy, education.

Postgraduate

This pathway does not lead to postgraduate study in Economics itself.  However students can progress to the Master of Business Management

Planning your degree

The Economics major is available in the BCom, BA and BSc.  Students who major in Economics in the BCom must also complete the required 100-level BCom courses (MGMT 100, INFO 123, STAT101 and ACCT 102).  Students who major in Economics in the BA must also complete a minor in another Arts discipline.
This degree plan is the minimum footprint pathway. 

Year 1

Core

  • ECON 104          Introduction to Microeconomics
  • ECON 105          Introduction to Macroeconomics

Recommended

  • FINC 101             Personal Finance

 

Year 2

Core

  • ECON 206            Intermediate Macroeconomics
  • ECON 207            Intermediate Microeconomics - Households and Government
  • ECON 208            Intermediate Microeconomics - Firms and Markets

 

Year 3

Core

  • 60 points in 300-level ECON courses
  • Note that 300-level ECON courses counted towards an Economics major cannot also be counted towards a Business Economics major.

 

Economics as a minor in the BA

Students who minor in Economics in the BA must complete 75 points in ECON courses with at least 45 points being above 100-level. 

Year 1

Core

  • ECON 104          Introduction to Microeconomics

Recommended

  • ECON 105          Introduction to Macroeconomics

 

Year 2

Core

  • ECON 207          Intermediate Microeconomics - Households and Government
  • 30 further points at 200-level

Recommended

  • ECON 208          Intermediate Microeconomics - Firms and Markets


Are you an ECON major looking for a minor in an Arts subject? (PDF, 111KB)
Suggested pathways to a minor in Arts.