Undergraduate majors and electives

Subject areas for majors and electives

Students may select majors in subject areas offered by the Business School, or the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education and Social Work, and Agriculture and Environment. (Except in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws where students can only complete units from the Business School, School of Economics and the Sydney Law School). A major in a Business School subject area, usually requires the completion of at least 36 credit points in senior units of study. If students choose to undertake a major in a subject area offered by another faculty, then they must abide by that faculty's requirements as to what constitutes a major. Students should refer to the other faculty's handbook for details of major requirements.

Below is a list of undergraduate subject areas for majors, extended majors and electives available to students in undergraduate degrees offered by the Business School. Students may be able to complete majors and electives from other faculties within the University such as the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Agriculture and Environment, Education and Social Work, and Science. More information on these majors can be found on the relevant faculty websites or handbooks.

Business School subject areas

* The Quantitative Business Analysis major replaced the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major in 2012. For continuing students the details of the requirements for the Operations Management and Decision Sciences major can be found on the Quantitative Business Analysis major's page.

School of Economics subject areas

These majors are offered through the School of Economics (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences).

Subject areas from other faculties of the University of Sydney (non-Business School)

Apart from those subject areas offered by the School of Economics, students enrolled in Business School degrees may have the opportunity of completing a major and/or electives in a subject area offered by another faculty of the University. Students should always check the degree requirements for their particular degree to see if other faculty study is allowed in their degree.

Examples of other faculty subject areas for majors available to students enrolled in Business School degrees

The following subject areas are offered by other faculties (outside of the Business School).

Outside of the subject areas specifically identified above, students in Business School degrees may have the option of completing major or electives from the Faculties listed below:

Other faculty subject areas for majors and electives or areas of specialisation

Professional accreditation and recognition

The following sequences are not majors. They illustrate the units required for accreditation (which in many cases may constitute a major).

Definitions

What is a major?

A major is usually a three-year defined sequence of study (in some cases, a two-year sequence applies), generally comprising specified units of study in a particular subject area. Majors are included on students' testamurs.

Students select a major from a list of options specified for their degree. The majors that can be completed and the requirements for each may differ for each degree. Students must complete at least one compulsory major to qualify for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce. Two majors are required for the award of the Bachelor of Commerce (Liberal Studies) degree.

In most cases, a major consists of at least 36 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study from a single subject area of study. In the majority of subject areas, at least six senior units of study (six credit points each) are required to be completed for a major. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one major only. Units cannot be 'double counted' or 'counted twice'. For example, WORK 2000 level units listed under the Management major may be counted to either an Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management major or a Management major, but cannot be counted towards both. The exact requirements for majors may differ between subject areas.

Most majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6 credit points each). These junior units may be prerequisites for the major itself and/or for senior units within the major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

What is an extended major?

An extended major is only available to students who commenced their degree before 2011 in the former Faculty of Economics and Business (now the University of Sydney Business School and School of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences). It is an alternative to the major and requires students to undertake additional senior units of study to what they would for a major in the same subject area.

In most cases, an extended major comprises of a minimum of 48 credit points in senior (2000/3000-level) units of study from a single subject area of study (usually eight senior units). In the majority of subject areas, at least eight senior units of study (six credit points each) are required to be completed for an extended major. Senior units of study can only be used to meet the requirements for one extended major only. The exact requirements for extended majors may differ between subject areas.

Most extended majors require the completion of at least two junior (1000-level) prerequisite units of study (6 credit points each). These junior units may be prerequisites for the extended major itself and/or for senior units within the extended major's subject area. Junior units may be used as prerequisites for extended majors or senior elective units in more than one subject area.

Please Note. Extended majors are only available in subject areas of the former Faculty of Economics and Business (now Business School and School of Economics).

What are electives?

A elective is a unit of study within a degree, usually an option within a course. Electives allow more detailed study of a particular subject. Electives can be selected from the Business School or from the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education and Social Work or Agriculture and Environment or from other faculties within the university (with permission from the Business School). (Except in the Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws where students can only complete units from the Business School and the Sydney Law School).

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