Advising

The Economics Undergraduate Academic Advisors are available for walk-in advising any time the office is open. You may direct your questions about courses, requirements, schedules, substitutions, and petitions to the undergraduate advisors or the peer advisors.

​Our Services

Professional and peer advisors in economics can help answer academic questions regarding the economics majors.  Some common reasons for seeking advising assistance include, but are not limited, to:

  • Understanding how to apply to the economics major, and the degree requirements
  • Course selection, planning and enrollment in economics courses
  • Enrichment opportunities such as research, internships, honors program, or study abroad
  • Clarification of department policies and procedures

Office Location
North Hall 2121
Monday-Friday 
8:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00 PM -​ 4:00 PM

Contact Information
ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu
(805) 893-2981

Make sure to provide all of the following in your email:

* Full name
* Perm
* Major
* Full explanation of your question

Students should address questions about general education and university requirements to the College of Letters and Science advising office, 1117 Cheadle Hall, (805) 893-2038.

Peer Advisors

The department sponsors a peer advising program throughout the academic year. Outstanding upper-division students are employed and trained to offer assistance in many areas. Peer advisors are students who value community service and demonstrate an enthusiasm for the Department of Economics and the majors available within it. If you are interested in becoming a peer advisor for the Economics Undergraduate Advising Office, requests for resumes ​are sent out during winter quarter via the listserv.

Christine Kim, 19-20 Peer Advisor
Steven Oberly, 19-20 Peer Advisor
Lindsey Schloetter
Dylan Schmerer

Christine Kim
2019-20 Peer Advisor


"I am a 4th year Economics major and part of the Senior Honors program in the Department of Economics. I have interned at companies in the Santa Barbara area, with a summer internship at Procore Technologies being the most recent. I have also studied abroad at the University of Commerce, Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy and took classes that counted towards my major. Feel free to ask me questions about the honors program, study abroad, non-accounting internships/jobs, and for advice on how to succeed in the major!"

Steven Oberly 
2019-20 Peer Advisor

"I am a fourth year economics and accounting major. This past summer I interned at PwC in their assurance division and I will begin there full time after graduation. I am a member of the Undergraduate Accounting Society as well as the Zeta Psi fraternity. My favorite economics course I have taken thus far has been Econ 118: Financial Analysis."

Lindsey Schloetter 
2019-20 Peer Advisor

"Hi! I am a fourth year Economics and Accounting major. I was an audit intern at Deloitte this past summer in San Francisco and will be returning next fall for a full time position. I also worked as a peer tutor for Economics 10A in the Transfer Student Center last year. I studied abroad in Madrid and Rome last spring quarter and am excited to travel more next summer before studying for my CPA! Come stop by the advising office if you have any questions!"

Dylan 
Schmerer
2019-20 Peer Advisor

"I'm a fourth year transfer student pursuing an economics major and educational studies minor. My community college and transfer experience has inspired me to seek a career as a community college professor.  I’m a bit of a library rat but in my free time I like to go skimboarding, go to the gym, and play smash bros. Feel free to talk to me about the transfer experience, what to expect from your courses, registration/administration processes, etc."

Registration Process

All students should register for classes through the University's GOLD System. The quarterly Schedule of Classes provides details regarding registration procedures.

Students must complete all the prerequisites and obtain full-major status prior to enrolling in any upper- division Economics courses. Economics course prerequisites are enforced and no exceptions will be granted.

Students who are declared in other majors and need an upper-division Economics class should contact the Economics undergraduate office prior to the beginning of the quarter.

Please check the quarterly Schedule of Classes for deadlines and/or changes in the registration process.

Transferable Courses

Transfer students wishing to substitute courses from other schools for major requirements should bring a copy of their official transcripts showing transferable work. Students should also send a copy of their official transcript to the UCSB Registrar's Office, Attn. Kevin Scott.

Lastly, if you are an international student, please make sure you contact the Office of International Students and Scholars attend one of their orientations for new students. Please refer to their web page: http://oiss.sa.ucsb.edu/Students/Orientation.aspx

You may also want to contact the College of Letters and Science at 805-893-2038 or academic_advising@ltsc.ucsb.edu to see about scheduling an on-line orientation.

We hope this answers many of your questions. If not, please send an email with your name and perm number to ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu. We will be happy to answer your major questions!

If you are attending the International Student's Program, visit UCSB Extension's webpage and our ISP webpage.