Minor subjects , Marau ririki

Some undergraduate qualifications offer minor subjects you can include in your overall study. Find out what minors are, and what subjects you can choose.

We offer many flexible qualifications at Massey that allow you to focus on specific subjects you're interested in. While your major is the main part of an undergraduate qualification, you can also choose minor subjects.

A minor is made up of fewer courses (and therefore credits) than your major in a degree.

For example, a Bachelor of Business student majoring in International Business may add a minor of Business Law. They will take fewer courses and credits in Business Law than in their major, International Business.

For some qualifications, adding a minor is compulsory. Some will also let you choose a minor from any other subject area, not just from within the qualification you're already studying.

When you successfully complete the courses you need for your minor, this will appear on your academic record. Unlike your major, your minor does not appear on your graduation certificate.

Degrees that include a minor

Some undergraduate degrees allow you to choose minor subjects from outside the qualification you are studying, while others will specifically name a list of minors you can choose from.

You can take a minor subject as part of the following bachelor's degrees.

Table outlining which bachelor's degrees include a minor and whether the minor is named, or can be chosen from any other degree.
Bachelor's degree Minor is named in degree Includes minor from any degree
Agribusiness No Yes
Arts No Yes
Applied Economics Yes No
Business No Yes
Commercial Music No Yes
Communication Yes No
Creative Media Production No Yes
Design No Yes
Design with Honours Yes No
Education No Yes
Health Science Yes No
Information Sciences No Yes
Resource and Environmental Planning Yes No
Retail and Business Management Yes Yes
Science No Yes
Sport and Exercise No Yes
Sport Management No Yes

To find out more information about minors, see the outline of your qualification.

Minors we offer

The below table sets out which minors we offer, and on which campus (or by distance study) they are available.

Table outlining which minors we offer, and on which campus (or by distance study) they are available.
Minor Available on Auckland campus Available on Manawatū campus Available on Wellington campus Available through distance study
Accountancy Yes Yes No Yes
Business (BInfSc minor-only subject) Yes Yes No Yes
Business Analytics Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability
Business Law Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability
Chemistry Yes Yes No No
Chinese Yes No No Yes
Classical Studies Yes Yes No Yes
Communication (Strategic) Yes Yes No Yes
Computer Science(BInfSc)(BSc) Yes Yes No Yes
Creative Writing Yes Yes Some courses Yes
Data Science Yes No No No
Defence Studies Some courses Yes Yes
Development Studies Some courses Some courses No Yes
Dispute Resolution Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability
Earth Science No Yes No Yes
Ecology No Yes No No
Ecology and Sustainability Yes No No No
Economics(BA) (BBus) Yes Yes No Yes
Education Yes Yes No Yes
Educational Psychology Yes Yes No Yes
Emergency Management No No No Yes
English Yes Yes Some courses Yes
Environmental Science No Yes No Yes
Environmental Studies Some courses Yes No Yes
Exercise and Sport Science Yes Yes No No
Finance Yes Yes No Yes
Financial Advice Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability
French No No No Yes
Games Programming Yes No No No
Geography Some courses Yes No Yes
History Yes Yes No Yes
Human Nutrition Yes No No No
Human Resource Management and Employment Relations Yes Yes No Yes
Indigenous Psychologies No No No Yes
Information Systems Yes No No Yes
Information Technology Yes Yes No Yes
International Business Yes Some courses No Yes
Japanese Some courses Some courses No Yes
Linguistics Yes Yes Some courses Yes
Management Yes Yes No Yes
Māori Business Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability Contact Massey Business School for availability
Māori Knowledge Some courses Some courses No Yes
Marketing Yes Yes No Yes
Mathematics(BA)(BSc) Yes Yes No Yes
Media Studies Yes Yes Some courses Yes
Microbiology No Yes No No
Molecular and Cellular Biology Yes No No No
Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry No Yes No No
Organisational Technology Management Yes Yes No Yes
Philosophy Yes Yes No Yes
Physiology Yes Yes No No
Planning Studies Some courses No Yes
Politics and International Relations Yes Yes No Yes
Portuguese No No Some courses Some courses
Property Yes Yes No Yes
Psychology(BA)(BSc) Yes Yes No Yes
Public and Professional Writing Yes Yes Some courses Yes
Rehabilitation Studies No No No Yes
Security Studies Yes Some courses No Yes
Social Anthropology Yes Yes No Yes
Social Policy Yes Yes No Yes
Sociology Yes Yes No Yes
Spanish Some courses Some courses Some courses Yes
Statistics(BA)(BSc) Some courses Yes No Yes
Strategic Communication Yes Yes No Yes
Te Reo Māori No Some courses Some courses Yes
Theatre Studies Some courses Some courses Some courses Some courses
Zoology Yes Yes No No

Adding a minor to a double major

If you are doing a double major, you may still be able to add a minor, depending on your qualification's specific requirements.