Declaring the Major or Minor

Photo by Elena Zhukova. Photograph taken prior to COVID-19. UCSC is following all CDC guidelines.

The Economics Department moved to virtual advising and limited in-person advising by appointment ONLY due to COVID-19. All declaration of major advising sessions will be held by way of Zoom until further notice.

Students can initiate the major declaration process by completing: 

  1. Log into MyUCSC and submit the Petition for Major/Minor via MyUCSC as soon as you have met major qualification requirements and/or reach your declaration deadline quarter, whichever comes first.  
    • If you are not yet logged into MyUCSC, the petition can also be accessed by going to MyUCSC and navigating to the Student Homepage and selecting the Undergraduate Student eForms tile > Petition for Major/Minor.
  2. The Academic Planning Form (in Google Sheet)
  3. By supplying evidence of their grades in the three pre-major courses
  4. Emailing the forms and grade evidence (unofficial transcript from your portal) to with title email subject: "'Your Name' - Major Declaration - 'Your Major'".

All students must complete Econ 1, Econ 2 (or the equivalent), the first calculus course (AM/Econ 11A, Math 11A, Math 19A or the equivalent), and meet the required combined 2.8 GPA before declaring the major.  If you do not meet the qualification requirements, please see guidelines for appealing to the major. An economics minor is also an option if you cannot declare the major.

For guidance on completing and submitting the Petition for Major/Minor and the Academic Planning Form, please contact the peer advisers directly or attend a declaration of major advising session for a full encompassing workshop. We recommend you meet with a peer adviser to ensure your academic planning form is filled out correctly. They can be reached at or visit our advising calendar for schedules and Zoom links.

*Please note:  All students who are declaring a major and a minor must first submit the Petition for Major/Minor for a single major first. Once approved you can then submit the Petition for the minor.