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.

Major requirements (39 units)

Core (18 units)
Lower-Division: ECON 40 and 50
Upper-Division: ECON 100A100B123192

Upper-Division Breadth and Application Course Selections (21 units)
Students must select one upper-division economics course from each of Categories I, II and III to be exposed to the breadth of fields of study in economics (9 units).

In addition, students must select four upper division economics courses from the remaining courses in Categories I, II, III, IV and V. (12 units).

Category I. Macroeconomics and International Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 103114135178, 188T

Category II. Microeconomics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 117119131144150162189T

Category III. Historical and Political Economics Courses (3 units minimum)
ECON 101110111179181183115T

Category IV. Cross-cutting Economics Courses
ECON 102W120125146152167176

Category V. Special Courses (3 units maximum)
ECON 185190 and 191

General Education requirements (51 units)

Electives and remaining degree requirements (30 units)
(see Degree Requirements); may be used toward a double major or minor

Total (120 units)


ECON 40, 50 (6 units)
Upper-Division Economics Courses (12 units)
Total (18 units)

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

Advising Note for Minors

ECON 25, 40, and 50 may also meet General Education requirements. ECON 165 cannot be used as a course
in any minor in the Economics Program.


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, 183, 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.