Global Economics and Latin American & Latino Studies

São Paulo, Brazil. Photo by Vanessa Bumbeers.

  Please note that this major was discontinued as of July 1, 2015, and is therefore no longer an option for students who are not already declared within this area.

Students are required to take a total of 18 courses and to satisfy a senior comprehensive requirement. For the combined major in Latin American and Latino studies/global economics, students complete a total of seven lower-division course requirements for both the Latin American and Latino studies and global economics majors. Students work with a faculty adviser from each department.

A detailed description of the global economics and latin american & latino studies major

The following is the basic outline of the course requirements.

Economics Required Courses:

    *  1 Introduction to Microeconomics
    *  2 Introduction to Macroeconomics
    *  11A and 11B* Math Methods for Economists
    *  100A or (100M) Intermediate Microeconomics
    *  100B or (100N) Intermediate Macroeconomics
    *  113 Introduction to Econometrics

Other Required Courses (choose two from the following list):

    * 114 (Advanced Quantitative Methods)
    * 120 (Economic Development)
    * 125 (Economic History of the U.S.)
    * 126 (Why Economies Succeed or Fail)
    * 128 (Poverty and Public Policy)
    * 130 (Money and Banking)
    * 137 (Performing Arts in the Public and Private Economy)
    * 140 (International Trade)
    * 141 (International Finance)
    * 142 (Advanced Topics in International Finance)
    * 148 (Latin American Economies)
    * 149 (The Economies of East and Southeast Asia)
    * 150 (Public Finance)
    * 156 (Health Care and Medical Economics)
    * 160A (Industrial Organization)
    * 160B (Government and Industry)
    * 165 (Economics as an Experimental Science)
    * 169 (Economic Analysis of the Law)
    * 170 (Environmental Economics)
    * 171 (Natural Resource Economics)
    * 175 (Energy Economics)
    * 183 (Women in the Economy)
    * 184 (Labor Wars in Theory and Film)
    * 189 (Political Economy of Capitalism)
    * 195 (Senior Thesis)
    * 199 (Independent Study)

Latin American and Latino Studies Required Courses:

    * LALS 1 and another lower-division LALS course
    * 100 (Concepts and Theories in Latin American Latina/o Studies
    * 100A (Social Science Analytics)
    * 100B (Cultural Theory in the Americas)
Other Required Courses

 * Three upper-division LALS electives

Two of the upper-division courses must be taught in Spanish or Portuguese*** and two to four (at least one quarter) must be courses of academic study abroad, internship, or field study in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country.  The comprehensive requirement is met by the completion of a senior thesis on a topic suitable to both global economics and Latin American and Latino Studies, supervised by a faculty member from either department and read and approved by the student's advisers from both departments.  Inquiries regarding this major should be directed to Alessandra Alvares ( or 831-459-2119) in the Latin American and Latino Studies Department.

***Upper-division courses in Portuguese are currently not taught a UCSC and must be take elsewhere.

Mathematics and Statistics Requirement:  Mathematics: Successful completion of Economics 11A and 11B, also offered as Applied Mathematics and Statistics 11A and 11B, (or equivalent) is required of all economics majors and is prerequisite to Economics 100A (or 100M), 100B (or 100N), and 113. Therefore, students are advised to take Economics 11A and 11B or their equivalent as early as possible in their undergraduate career. Mathematics 11A-B and 22 (or 23A by petition only through the math department), or 19A-B and 22 or 23A, are acceptable equivalents to Economics 11A and 11B. Students may also complete the mathematics requirement by taking Mathematics 11A or Mathematics 19A, and then Economics 11B or Applied Mathematics and Statistics 11B. Students planning to pursue graduate work in economics or business should seriously consider more intensive mathematical training; consult an adviser.

Statistics: Applied Mathematics and Statistics 5, Statistics or

Applied Mathematics and Statistics 7, Statistical Methods for Biological, Environmental and Health Sciences, or

Computer Engineering 7, Statistical Reasoning in the Age of the Internet

Disciplinary Communication (DC) Requirement:
All undergraduate majors must satisfy the campus’ Disciplinary Communication (DC) requirement.  The DC requirement in Latin American and Latino studies with global economics is met by completing courses 100A and 100B.