Economics / Arts - 3574

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Business School

Contact:  UNSW Business School Student Centre

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Typical Duration: 4 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 192

UAC Code: 424450

Domestic Entry Requirements: See Domestic Entry Requirements

International Entry Requirements: See International Entry Requirements


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Arts (Major)

Bachelor of Economics

Bachelor of Economics (Major)

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Program Description

The handbook provides you with information on the degree structure you would need to follow for the year you commence your study.

If you are a prospective student researching your study options, please visit UNSW Business School website for more information.

The UNSW Business School, in conjunction with UNSW Arts & Social Sciences, offers the Bachelor of Economics/Bachelor of Arts (BEc/BA) as a 4 year dual program which combines the strengths and flexibility of each single degree. This program will appeal to students wanting a strong, focused and highly regarded business program that is complemented by a second degree in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Creative and Performing Arts - chosen out of personal interest or with a particular career objective in mind.

With approval, students with an excellent academic record may also enrol in an additional Honours year in the Bachelor of Economics degree or in the Bachelor of Arts degree.

For detailed information on the professional recognition this degree offers please visit Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

If you are a current student, this new program structure does not apply to you. You should always follow the program requirements according to the year you started your degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

On successful completion of the BEc, students will have the ability to:
  • demonstrate understanding and application of economic concepts and processes
  • demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • understand, analyse and use quantitative data to assist in making economic and business decisions
  • present complex issues in coherent written statements and oral presentations
  • demonstrate understanding of the global economic context in which business and governments operate
  • understand the social and ethical dimensions in their chosen disciplinary areas
The program objectives of the BA are:
  • To develop informed understanding of human experience, human culture and human society
  • To teach the tools and methods of understanding associated with Humanities and Social Science disciplines, and to encourage students to perceive the relationships between these disciplines
  • To encourage the breadth of vision and critical thinking associated with interdisciplinary scholarship and research
  • To enable students to place contemporary Australian society and culture in an historical and comparative context
  • To engage critically with fundamental questions about value in both ethical and aesthetic contexts
  • To develop the skills of critical, creative and imaginative thinking about society, culture and the arts
  • To promote the techniques and value of reasoned and open-minded discussion and debate
  • To foster understanding of the experiences and world-views of other times, other places, and other cultures.

Program Structure

The requirements of the BEc in dual mode (96UOC):

84 UOC of Economics courses consisting of:
  • Compulsory first and second year courses account for 48 UOC (8 courses see list below)
  • Major requirements
  • Electives offered by the School of Economics
  • AND 12 UOC of Free electives

Compulsory core courses:
Major requirements Students must complete at least one major in Economics, Econometrics or Financial Economics consisting of 60UOC. The 60UOC includes 36UOC from the compulsory first and second year core courses. (ACCT1501 and ECON1401 do not count towards a major.) Students must complete at least three (3) level 3 courses (numbered 3XXX).

Free electives (12 UOC) account for the balance of the BEc component requirements of this dual program. These courses may be taken from those offered by the UNSW Business School or other Faculties within UNSW.

GEN coded courses cannot be counted as Free Electives.

Table A Economics Majors:
• Economics
• Econometrics
• Financial Economics

Click here to view the Progression Plan for your Economics program

The requirements for the BA in dual mode (96 UOC)
  • A home major stream (60 UOC)
  • A minor stream (24 UOC)
  • Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives (12 UOC)
Details of majors and minors available, and the Prescribed Faculty Elective, can be found on the 3409 Bachelor of Arts 3409 Bachelor of Arts program page.
Asian Studies
Chinese Studies
Advanced Chinese Studies
Development Studies
Creative Writing
Environmental Humanities
European Studies
Film Studies
French Studies
Advanced French Studies
German Studies
Indigenous Studies
International Relations
Japanese Studies
Advanced Japanese Studies
Korean Studies
Advanced Korean Studies
Media, Culture and Technology
Music Studies
Music Studies (Intensive)
Sociology and Anthropology
Spanish and Latin American Studies
Theatre and Performance Studies
Minors - 24 UOC from any of the majors listed or from the following "Designated Minors" and External Minors
Art History and Theory
Arts and Social Sciences
Australian Studies
Modern Greek Studies
Indonesian Studies
Italian Studies
Studies in Psychology
Women's and Gender Studies

Optional External Major and Minor Streams
External Minors are Streams of study offered by other Faculties.
If you are enrolled in a dual award program, you cannot complete a minor stream in the same Faculty as your second program of study. Therefore the only external minors available in BA component of this dual program are:
  • ARTHB2 - Art History and Theory (24 UOC)
  • PSYCB2 - Studies in Psychology (24 UOC)
Language Studies for Commencing Mid-Year Students
If your language skills are assessed as Level A in Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced or Professional you cannot commence study until Semester 1.

Award with Distinction
High achieving BA students who secure a WAM of 75 across their program and who have completed at least 48 UOC of their program at UNSW are eligible for the award of their Pass Degree "with Distinction".


After completing 144 UOC including all the requirements of the B Commerce component of this dual degree, high achieving students may apply to 4501 B Commerce (Honours) to undertake honours in the area of their business major.

After completion of 144 UOC including all of the requirements of the Bachelor of Arts dual degree, high achieving students may apply for admission to the Bachelor of Media (Honours) program 4504. Entry to Honours requires a WAM of 70 or higher in the stream(s) seeking to be further studied.

Academic Rules

Rules relating to the Bachelor of Economics in dual mode:
Please refer to the Program Structure above for the requirements of this program.
Rules relating to the award of the degree of the Bachelor of Economics shall apply wherever relevant.
Students are advised to consult the Academic Rules for further information on rules relating to the award of the degree of the Bachelor of Economics in dual degrees.

BEc Progression Rules
  • A minimum of 24 UOC of courses must be completed before enrolling in Level 2 courses
  • A minimum of 48 UOC of courses must be completed before enrolling in Level 3 courses
  • Students must declare their major before commencing Year 2BEc Progression Rules
Academic Rules relating to the Bachelor of Arts (BA) in dual mode component
To qualify for the award of the degree at Pass level, a student must:

1. complete 96 units of credit in the Bachelor of Arts;
2. complete the requirements for one 60 UOC home major stream
3. complete the requirements for one 24 UOC minor stream
4. complete 12 UOC of Arts and Social Sciences Prescribed Electives
5. complete at least 30 UOC of Level 1 courses before enrolling in Level 2 courses
6. specify your major/minor at the time of enrolment into Level 2
7. complete at least 48 UOC, including 6 UOC at Level 1 and 6 UOC at Level 2 in your major/minor, before enrolling in Level 3 courses.


For information regarding fees for UNSW programs, please refer to the following website:  UNSW Fee Website.

Professional Recognition

For further information, refer to the Professional Recognition of Programs in the UNSW Online Handbook.

Further Information

Please note that these requirements may be subject to change. Students should always follow the program requirements according to the year they started their degree. For more information please visit Previous UNSW Online Handbooks.

Contact the UNSW Business School Student Centre for advice.
tel: + 61 2 9385 3189
location: Level 1, room 1028, Quadrangle Building
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UNSW Arts & Social Sciences Student Centre
tel: + 61 2 9385 2289
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