Department of Economics
Majors & Minors
Degrees and Programs
The Department offers a B.A. in Economics, a Minor in Economics, as well as a Minor in International Political Economy (jointly with the Department of Political Science).
In addition, the Department offers Subject Matter Preparation for Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science
All of our faculty are active in research, and students are encouraged to obtain research training by working closely with faculty.
ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for most upper-division courses in economics. Any student planning graduate work is advised to take additional mathematics.
Major requirements (39 units)
Core (18 units)
Lower-Division: ECON 40 and 50
Upper-Division: ECON 100A, 100B, 123, 192
Upper-Division Breadth and Application Course Selections (21 units)
Students must select one upper-division economics course from each of Categories I, II and III to be exposed to the breadth of fields of study in economics (9 units).
In addition, students must select four upper division economics courses from the remaining courses in Categories I, II, III, IV and V. (12 units).
Category I. Macroeconomics and International Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 103, 114, 135, 178, 188T
Category II. Microeconomics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 117, 119, 131, 144, 150, 162, 189T
Category III. Historical and Political Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 101, 110, 111, 179, 181, 183, 115T
Category IV. Cross-cutting Economics Courses
ECON 102W, 120, 125, 146, 152, 167, 176
Category V. Special Courses (3 units maximum)
ECON 185, 190 and 191i
General Education requirements (48 units)
Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing and Multicultural and International (MI)
Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)
Total units (120)*
* G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. The writing requirement may be met by taking the upper-division writing exam. See advisor for details.
Advising Notes for Majors
- Residency requirement: complete at least 50% of the required Economics units in the
School of Business.
- A grade of C or better must be earned for each course used to satisfy the requirements
- CR/NC grading is not permitted in the economics major or minor, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.
- ECON 123 has the following prerequisite: MATH 11 or MATH 101 or DS 73 or AGBS 71 or PSYCH 42 passed with C grade or better (in addition to ECON 40 and ECON 50).
ECON 40, 50 (6 units)
Upper-Division Economics Courses (12 units)
Total (18 units)
Note: Then minors also require a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
Advising Notes for Minors
- ECON 25, 40, and 50 may also meet General Education requirements.
- A grade of C or better must be earned for each course used to satisfy the requirements for the minor.
International political economy is the systematic inquiry into the political and economic forces generating wealth and social change on a global scale. As an interdisciplinary program it is administered from two departments: Political Science and Economics. Students who desire a greater understanding of the complex political and economic interactions of nations are encouraged to learn more about this program by consulting with a faculty adviser in either department.
Requirements (Total 18 units)
PLSI 120 (3 units)
Electives* (6 units)
Select from: PLSI 121, 122, 125, 126, 128T, 140, 141, 142T, 143T, 144T, 145T, 146T, 147, 148, 149T
Electives** (9 units)
Select from: ECON 114, 178, 179, 181, 183, 185, 190
Total (18 units)
* PLSI 1 or 2 may be listed as a prerequisite for some of these courses.
** ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for some of these courses.
Note: The minors also require a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
Advising Note for Minors
ECON 25, 40, and 50 may also meet General Education requirements. ECON 165 cannot be used as an elective for any minor in the Economics Program.