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Studying Business at the University of Otago is an exciting and life-changing experience. If you are new to tertiary education, you enrol in an undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Commerce (BCom). This requires three years of full-time study to complete.

You must study at least one of the Bachelor of Commerce major subjects. This is your main area of study. There are also five compulsory papers that you must take.

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Major subjects

The major subjects you can choose from are:

Core papers

The five core or compulsory papers that you take are:

Core paper co-ordinators

Each core paper has its own co-ordinator. Please contact them direct with any questions or queries.

BSNS111 Business and Society
Nathalie Wierdak

BSNS112 Interpreting Business Data
Warren McNoe

BSBS113 Economic Principles and Policy
Paul Thorsnes

BSNS114 Financial Decision Making
Olena Onishchenko

BSNS115 Accounting and Information Systems
Nicola Beatson

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Choose your Business major

We have identified some personal attributes that might help you decide which BCom major will suit your personality and academic strengths.

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Degree minors

Adding a business minor is a great choice, even if you aren't completing a Bachelor of Commerce. Minors are your opportunity to turn an interest into a qualification by completing a selection of papers in a particular subject area.

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Adding a minor into your degree

If you wish to study a non-business subject as your main interest then a minor in a business subject might be a good option to provide more career pathways.

Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in another business subject

  • E.g. BCom majoring in Accounting with a Marketing minor

Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in a non-business subject from the Division of Humanities or Division of Science

  • E.g. BCom majoring in Marketing with a Japanese minor
  • E.g. BCom majoring in Management with a Chemistry minor

Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in a non-business subject from the Division of Humanities or Division of Science

  • E.g. BCom majoring in Finance with an Economics minor (complementary)
  • E.g. BCom majoring in Tourism with a Food Science minor (unrelated)

If you aren't completing a BCom, but wish to add a business minor

  • E.g. Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Psychology with a Management minor

Business minors are available in the following subjects:

Flexible study

As a business student you not only gain a broad perspective of the business world, but most students are also able to select additional elective, or 'interest' papers relevant to their own interests.

Students can also continue to study toward a double-degree (two degrees simultaneously), a double-major (two majors simultaneously) or an endorsed minor without the required papers adding significantly to your overall workload.

For more information, please contact:

University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand

Tel 0800 80 80 98 (callers within New Zealand)
Tel +64 3 479 7000 (callers outside New Zealand)

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