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 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. The Petition for Major/Minor Declaration
  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 Declaration and the Academic Planning Form, please refer to the slides above. We recommend you meet with a peer adviser to ensure your forms are correct. They can be reached at There are also declaration of major advising sessions you can attend for a full encompassing workshop to declare your major.

*Please note:  All students who are declaring a major and a minor must get their major department signature first before getting the minor department signature.

*Students declaring the combined environmental studies/economics major must get an economics adviser's signature first.

*Students declaring the combined economics/mathematics major must get the math adviser's signature first. This form must also be filled out for math: