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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleBA/BEc
CRICOS code013389M
Total credit points required192
Standard duration of study (years)4 years FT, 8 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Contact details


  • Students may select arts units from any campus, but should be aware of the teaching location as this may require travel to another campus. Students may also select units offered in off-campus mode.


The Bachelor of Arts is a general, flexible degree which allows students to match academic interests with career aspirations to create a personalised course progression. Studying humanities will develop general knowledge and specific intellectual skills relating to human thought and relations, such as the way we communicate or how the past has affected the present. Social science analyses and explains societies and the relationships of individuals within those societies.

This double-degree program provides a professional education in the disciplines of economics or econometrics and business statistics, with a strong emphasis on developing analytical skills. The course enables students to include in their studies a range of social science and humanities disciplines.


This course provides students with a broad understanding of economics combined with the broad teaching and learning objectives of the Bachelor of Arts degree.

The Bachelor of Economics aims to produce graduates who will:

(a.) be critical and creative scholars who:

  • produce innovative solutions to problems
  • apply research skills to business challenges
  • communicate effectively and perceptively

(b.) be responsible and effective global citizens who:

  • engage in an internationalised world
  • exhibit cross cultural competence
  • demonstrate ethical values

(c.) have a comprehensive understanding of their discipline and be able to provide discipline based solutions relevant to the business, professional and public policy communities that we serve

(d.) be able to construct conceptual frameworks and use these to analyse complex issues in the corporate sector, government and the professions.


This course consists of 96 points in the arts component and 96 points in the economics component. All units studied must be from the Faculty of Business and Economics (at Clayton) and the Faculty of Arts.

Areas of study


For information on majors and minors, refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Students must complete a set of core units which provide an introduction to the key areas of business. Students complete a major specialisation in either economics or econometrics and business statistics. For details of the units required for a major specialisation, refer to the course 0179 Bachelor of Commerce entry in this Handbook at Other studies may be drawn from any of the disciplines taught by the faculty on the Clayton campus.


Arts component

Students complete:

(a.) an arts discipline major (48 points)

(b.) an arts discipline minor (24 points)

(c.) an additional arts discipline first-year sequence (12 points)

(d.) a further 12 points in arts units.

Economics component

Students complete:

(a.) 16 units (96 points) from the Bachelor of Economics component at Clayton campus as follows:

(i.) six core units (36 points):

(ii.) a major of eight units (48 points)

  • the major must come from the approved list of majors below
  • at least two units (12 points) must be completed at each of second and third-year levels

(iii.) an additional two units (12 points) from the faculty in the Bachelor of Economics at the Clayton campus to reach the required minimum of 12 units

(iv.) an additional four electives (24 points)

  • may be taken from any Faculty of Business and Economics programs and campuses, or

from the following complementary disciplines from the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Science:

  • geography and environmental science
  • history
  • politics
  • mathematics
  • sociology
  • philosophy
  • languages (selected from offerings at the Clayton campus). Additional Bachelor of Economics degree requirements:
  • a minimum of four third-year level units (24 points) from those offered by the faculty at the Clayton campus
  • in addition to specific unit prerequisites, second -year level units require the successful completion of three first-year level units and third-year level units require the successful completion of two second-year level units.

Units required for specified Faculty of Business and Economics majors

Students complete a major in either economics or econometrics and business statistics.


Students need to complete a minimum of eight units (48 points) offered by the Department of Economics, Clayton campus (ECC or Clayton-based ECX units).

Econometrics and business statistics

Students need to complete a minimum of eight units (48 points) offered by the Department of Econometrics and Business Statistics, Clayton campus (ETC or Clayton-based ETX units).

Alternative exit(s)

Students cannot graduate from either degree until they have satisfied the above requirements and successfully completed studies to the value of 144 points.


Bachelor of Arts

Bachelor of Economics