Undergraduate Handbook

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This handbook contains important information about the UC Santa Cruz economics undergraduate programs.  It is the responsibility of the student to follow the guidelines in this handbook.

Students should seek assistance from economics administrative staff if they have any questions.

In the handbook

About the major

The programs offered by the UC Santa Cruz Economics Department are designed to acquaint students with the broad range of issues studied by economists (for example, unemployment, financial crises, international trade, economic growth, business strategy and public policy regarding health, the environment, financial regulation, and business) and with the tools that economists employ (including statistical analysis and laboratory experiments). All economics majors must study a substantial core of economic theory and mathematical and statistical methods, and then choose among a wide variety of upper-division electives.

Requirements and curriculum planning

The economics curriculum begins at the introductory level: no specific high school preparation is required. All majors study a substantial core of economic theory and statistical methods and they then choose among a wide variety of subfields.

Types of majors and minors

The Economics Department administers four undergraduate majors: economics, business management economics, global economics, and economics/mathematics. The qualification requirements for major declaration are the same for all four.

Campus life and student opportunities


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