Majors & Minors

  1. Majors
  2. Minors
  3. International Political Economy Minor

Degrees and Programs

The Department offers a B.A. in Economics, a minor in Economics, as well as a Minor in International Political Economy (jointly with the Department of Political Science).

In addition, the Department offers Subject Matter Preparation for Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science

All of our faculty are active in research, and students are encouraged to obtain research training by working closely with faculty.


ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for most upper-division courses in economics. Any student planning graduate work is advised to take additional mathematics and some foreign language.

Major requirements (Total of 39 units)

Core: ECON 40, 50, 100A, 100B, 123 (15 units)

Areas of concentration (12 units)

Majors must complete at least 3 units from each area:

A. History/History of Thought: ECON 101, 110, or 115T

B. International: ECON 114, 178, 179, 181

C. Applied Microeconomics: ECON 117, 131, 150, 152, 162, 174, or 189T

D. Applied Macroeconomics: ECON 119, 135, 140, or 188T

Approved economics electives (at least 9 units upper division) (9 units)

Senior project: ECON 185 or 190 or 191 or ECON 192(3 units)


Requirements (Total 18 units)

ECON 40, 50 (6 units)

Select one: ECON 100A, 100B,101 (3 units)

Economics electives (9 units)

International Political Economy Minor

International political economy is the systematic inquiry into the political and economic forces generating wealth and social change on a global scale. As an interdisciplinary program it is administered from two departments: Political Science and Economics. Students who desire a greater understanding of the complex political and economic interactions of nations are encouraged to learn more about this program by consulting with a faculty adviser in either department.

Requirements (Total 18 units)


PLSI 120 (3 units)

Electives* (6 units)

Select from: PLSI 121, 125, 126, 128T, 140, 141, 142T, 143T, 144T, 145T, 146T, 149T


Electives** (9 units)

Select from: ECON 114, 178, 179, 181, 185, 190


* PLSI 1 or 2 may be listed as a prerequisite for some of these courses.

** ECON 40 and 50 are prerequisites for some of these courses.

Note: The minors also require a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.