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Current Students

The Department of Economics is recognized for its prestige in both research and academics. Our Department serves over 2,000 undergraduates, and offers resources such as Undergraduate and Career Advising Services, student organizations, and information about study abroad programs.

Economics Undergraduate Advising Services

Advising Services

The Economics Undergraduate Academic Advisors (both Professional Advisors and Peer Advisors) are available for drop-in advising any time the office is open. Questions about courses, requirements, schedules, substitutions, and petitions are welcome. Also feel free to email your questions.

Advising Office Information

Zoom Drop-In Advising Hours

Monday: 10am-12pm
Tuesday: 10am-12pm
Wednesday: 1-3pm
Thursday: 1-3pm

To drop in, click on this Zoom link.

We encourage all students looking to speak to an advisor to attend our Zoom drop-in advising hours. If you'd prefer to schedule a Zoom appointment with an advisor, please email ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu.

If contacting us by email, provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • UCSB Perm Number
  • Your major
  • Full explanation of your question

Please use your UCSB email to schedule an appointment.

Please note that all CPA and career-related questions should be directed to our Career Connections Office.)

Meet Our Peer Advisors

The Department sponsors a Peer Advising Program throughout the academic year. The program employs outstanding Upper-Division students and trains them 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 Econ Major Mailing List.

2019-20 Peer Advisors

 Christine Kim: "I am a fourth 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, taking 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: "I am a fourth year Economics & 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 has been ECON 118: Financial Analysis."

 Lindsey Schloetter: "I am a fourth year Economics & 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 ECON 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! Stop by the Undergraduate Advising Office if you have any questions!"

 Dylan Schmerer: "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. Feel free to talk to me about the transfer experience, what to expect from your courses, registration/administration processes, etc."

Study Abroad

Studying abroad provides an opportunity to expand students' academic and cultural experiences while staying on track to complete the Economics major. The Department strongly encourages students to study abroad in order to enhance their knowledge of Economics while immersing themselves in another culture.

For more information about studying abroad, please visit UCSB EAP’s page dedicated to Economics majors.

Where and When to Study Abroad

We always recommend that students plan to study abroad AFTER they are accepted into the Economics or Economics & Accounting major. If you plan to study abroad the following quarter after you take ECON 10A, please be aware that you will not be eligible for the retake exams while you’re abroad or after you come back.

Students interested in studying abroad should consult with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor to determine the best time period for a study abroad experience.

Examples of excellent study abroad options for Economics majors include:

  • Fudan University, China
  • Warwick University, England
  • University of Glasgow, Scotland
  • University of St. Andrews in England and Scotland
  • London School of Economics (summer only)
  • Global Business Program in Asia, Hong Kong and Shanghai (summer only)
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona, Spain
  • University of Commerce, Luigi Bocconi, Milan, Italy
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands
Course Approval

In order for your classes abroad to count towards your major requirements, you must ask for formal approval from the Economics Department. The Department will evaluate your courses to see if they will count towards the major. After course grades are posted, you must notify the Department so we can petition for them to be applied to your major.

After you have been accepted into your program, please follow the directions in the "How to Get Course Approval" form, which can be downloaded from the sidebar. Once completed, please send the form to Professor Benelli at cynthia.benelli@ucsb.edu.

Honors Program

The Department of Economics Honors program begins during a student's sophomore year with ECON 96. It progresses to ECON 194 in their junior year and concludes with a ECON 196A-B in their senior year, where they will complete an Honors Thesis. Upon completion of the program, students will receive Distinction in the Major, which is placed on the student’s transcript and diploma upon graduation.

Honors Admittance

Access to the ECON 196 series requires the completion of ECON 10A, ECON 100B, ECON 101, and ECON 140A and 140B with a minimum GPA of 3.50 (ECON 140B may be taken concurrently with ECON 196A). A student's overall GPA must also be at least 3.50.

Graduating with Distinction in the Major requires a minimum GPA of 3.50 in ECON 140B and 196A-B.

Honors Courses

ECON 96

  • Prerequisite: Approval by the Department based on performance in ECON 1 and 2. Course is designed for majors and usually offered Winter and Spring Quarters.
  • Description: This is a small seminar class that gives sophomores the opportunity to read and discuss selected texts and research papers in Economics. The objective is to expose students to a wide range of research topics in order to give them a flavor of the research opportunities available. It is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing their own Economic research in the future.

ECON 196A

  • Prerequisite: 3.50 GPA in ECON 10A, 100B, 101, 140A and 140B. If the 140B requirement has not been met, it must be taken concurrently with 196A. Usually offered Fall Quarter.
  • Description: Students undertake independent research project(s) under the direction of a faculty member. The research results are presented as an honors paper at the end of the second term (196B).

ECON 196B

  • Prerequisite: ECON 196A and ECON 140B. Usually offered Winter Quarter.
  • Description: Students undertake independent research project(s) under the direction of a faculty member. The research results are presented as an honors paper at the end of this term.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

The Department of Economics strongly encourages undergraduates to engage in Economic research during their time at UCSB. All research opportunities offered by the Department are only open to students in either the Economics or Economics & Accounting Majors. Students can do individual research with a faculty member or engage in research through one of our research programs. Please see the Career Connection section for more information.

Research Courses

ECON 194

  • Prerequisite: Full-major standing and by invitation. If you’re interested, please see the Undergraduate Advisor.
  • Description: This class is intended as an introduction to Economic Research and a possible lead-in to designing and conducting an original research project in next year’s Senior Honors Sequence — ECON 196A and 196B. The class will include presentations on research methods, research ethics, paths to graduate school and short talks by Economics faculty and graduate students on research ideas and conduct. There will be a couple of short assignments, and the final product will be a brief (two- to three- page) research proposal to be presented in class.

ECON 199

  • Prerequisite: Upper-Division standing in the major; 3.0 Upper-Division GPA and a 3.0 GPA in preceding 3 quarters; completion of two Upper-Division courses in Economics; consent from your instructor and the Department.
  • Description: Coursework will consist of the student’s original academic research, supervised by a faculty member. This course is not intended for internships. No more than 2 units can be earned in any one quarter.

Download the Econ 199 Proposal Form from the sidebar and complete with your faculty advisor.

ECON 199RA

  • Prerequisite: Upper-Division standing in the major; 3.0 Upper-Division GPA and a 3.0 GPA in preceding 3 quarters; completion of two Upper-Division courses in Economics; consent from your instructor and the Department.
  • Description: Coursework will consist of faculty supervised research, where the student assists with faculty research. Units do not count toward the major. No more than 2 units can be earned in any one quarter.

Download the ECON 199 Proposal Form from the sidebar and complete with your faculty advisor.

 Advisors

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Advising Office Information

Office Hours

Monday to Friday:
9:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-4:00pm

If contacting us by email, provide the following information:

  • Full name
  • UCSB Perm Number
  • Your major
  • Full explanation of your question

Please use your UCSB email to schedule an appointment.

NOTE: All CPA and career related questions should be directed to our Career Connections Office

 Research Forms

How to Get Course Approval

Send completed forms to Professor Benelli

Student Clubs and Organizations

Explore and connect with student-run organizations within the Economics/Economics and Accounting majors: