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Which Business or Commerce major should I choose?

02/10/2020 |

If you’re keen to get into the business world and are considering a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce, you might be surprised at the variety of majors on offer. 

From economics to entrepreneurship, here’s how to decide which major might be right for you.

If you want to start a business or launch a startup

For creative problem-solvers who want to be their own boss and start something new in the business world, the Enterprise and Innovation major in the Bachelor of Business is where it’s at. You’ll learn about the entrepreneurial process from concept to current developments in the field, and discover product development, innovation management and how small businesses create and maintain a competitive advantage in the market.




If you want a specialist career

For those who know they’d like to pursue a career as an accountant, financial adviser, auditor, marketer and so forth, choosing a first major in your interest area is recommended:

You can also choose two majors from within the same degree, if you like. Our most popular combinations are:

  • Accounting + Finance
  • Finance + Economics
  • Management + Marketing

You can then continue with postgrad study for accreditation in your field. For instance, future accountants will want to consider the Graduate Diploma in Commerce (Chartered Accounting), future economists may want to pursue the Bachelor of Economics and Master of Economics accelerated pathway, future business lawyers should consider the Juris Doctor, and future taxation lawyers can continue to a Master of Taxation Law

If you want a broad business education

Not entirely keen to commit to a specialisation and want to leave potential career changes as an option? The Bachelor of Business’ generalist majors – Business Management, Enterprise and Innovation, and Global Business – will prepare you for roles within areas like management consultancy, small business, product development, new venture creation and marketing research consultancy, so you can pivot whenever you need.

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If you want to do a bit of everything

Whether you choose a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Commerce, UWA allows you to take a second major from any other degree. That’s any other degree. Here are some interesting combinations:

In essence, you can tailor your degree to your goals by completing two majors within three years. Combining areas of specialisation from different bachelor’s degrees means you’ll gain the same level of qualification and transdisciplinary skills found in a double degree (Australian Qualifications Framework 2020), but you’ll be completing your course in less time.

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