Programs & Activities

General Programs

Career Advising

Staff in the Career Connection office are available daily to provide students with information and advice about a variety of career-related activities ranging from resume writing to career choice. A significant portion of staff time is devoted to advising students about options for fulfilling CPA licensing requirements.

Strategic Business Program

Career Connection organizes and operates the Strategic Business Program (SBP) through UCSB Extension, providing students with practical training in areas not covered in the Department’s academic courses. This program was primarily created to provide Economics & Accounting students with additional course options to help satisfy CPA licensing requirements. It also provides an opportunity to involve practicing professionals in the education of our students. More information here.

Career Connection Peer Advisors

The Economics Department sponsors a peer advising program throughout the academic year. Outstanding upper-division students are employed and trained to offer assistance with career advising, CPA advising, internship and job advice, and other general office duties.


Alumni Engagement Programs

Career Connection Speaker Series

Career Connection has spent years building its connections with alumni and industry professionals, and this is one way we bring those connections directly to the students. On Fridays throughout the Spring Quarter, Career Connection hosts lectures by influential alumni and inspiring industry professionals to give students the opportunity to hear about different career paths, and to show them its often a winding road to success. A select group of students, our Career Connection Fellows, go through a professional development training session and gain a fellowship as well as the opportunity to have an intimate lunch with the speakers in the series.

Lunch with Alums

The Economics Department believes that it is extremely important for students to converse with industry professionals in their prospective fields. We regularly hold free lunches throughout each quarter for students to chat with successful alums, allowing some students their first professional interactions before heading out to the job market. We feel that this sort of "straight from the source" Q&A setting is extremely valuable to our students in helping them discover ​the path they want to take after UCSB. If you're an alumni interested to sharing your knowledge and connecting with our students, please contact Alina​ Harper or ​Courtney Visueta.


Transfer Student Programs

Transfer Panel & Reception

Each year, the Economics Department hosts a fall reception for incoming Transfer students who aspire to be Economics or Economics & Accounting majors. Related student organizations and important campus resources are invited to table, and all Economics Faculty and Staff are encouraged to mingle with students. Each year, over 200 students attend this reception.

In fall of 2018, the Department added two pre-event sessions; a CPA advising session and a Transfer Student Panel. Since recruiting for Accounting happens in the first two weeks of school, we felt it was critical to get information out to students about recruiting deadlines and practices before their classes begin. The Transfer Student Panel consisted of five continuing Transfer students who discussed their experiences as well as answer questions from the audience. 

Transfer Discovery Program

In Fall of 2018, the Economics Department launched this two-day pilot program, intended for incoming Transfer students. A randomly selected group of 60 Transfers will go through a series of sessions relevant to their next two years at UCSB; exposure to university resources, the opportunity to meet faculty in their respective majors, a “Surviving ECON 10A” session, and team building activities to help them meet other Transfers in their department. Our hope is that this program will help give students a sense of community and a knowledge of helpful resources that will increase their chances of succeeding in the Economics Department. 

Transfer Tutors

The Economics Department has partnered with the recently established Transfer Student Center to give additional resources to transfer students in order to help with the process of getting acclimated to the University setting. Transfers are saddled with the difficult task of meeting thresholds to get into the major during their very first quarter at UCSB. The Transfer Tutors are typically transfer students who are in the major, helping to tutor new transfers and answer questions about adapting to UCSB.


Research & Data Analytics Programs

PwC Programming Module

Partnering with Big 4 accounting firm PwC, the Department of Economics teaches an introduction to two computational programming languages, Stata & R, to undergraduates. The module is taught by 3rd and 4th year undergraduates once each quarter, to give students a broad introduction to these important marketable skills.

Data Hack: Data Science Boot Camp and Competition

The UCSB Department of Economics recognizes the growing need for proficiency in data analytics in the workforce and for undergraduates to be able to participate in research. To supplement students’ coursework, the Department has decided to host the first ever Data Hack: Data Analytics Boot Camp & Hackathon. Students will learn how to work with data in programming language R through a "boot camp" taught by a graduate student, and then put their skills to the test in a hackathon-style competition. Check out our other research-related activities here.

Check out undergraduate Research Opportunities here.




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