Flexible study options with over 140 subjects to choose from
For your bachelor's degree, you'll need to choose a major subject. This is what you'll specialise in. With most degrees, you can optionally add a minor subject (which is like a mini specialisation), and a mix of papers from other subjects.
This page lists all the subjects you can take as part of a bachelor's degree. When you select a subject below, you'll be taken to a page with information about:
- Which qualifications are available for that subject
- Which papers are available for that subject
- Employability and career options
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List of major and minor subjects, and endorsements
1 Archaeology is a specialisation within the Anthropology major. If you wish to specialise in Archaeology, you need to major in Anthropology.
2 You can take a first year at Otago to satisfy the Intermediate Year for the University of Canterbury's Bachelor of Engineering. It is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes.
3 Health Sciences First Year (HSFY) is treated like a major subject for enrolment purposes, however you cannot complete a three-year Bachelor of Science majoring in HSFY. Instead, after completing your first year, you can transfer to a different major subject for second year and beyond. For example, after HSFY, you might enter second-year Anatomy or Biochemistry or Medicine.
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