1. What are the office hours for the Economics Undergraduate Advising Office? Where is the advising office located?

Our office hours are 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday-Friday, unless otherwise noted on our UCLA Economics Counselors Facebook page. We are located in 2263 Bunche Hall, which is on the second floor of Bunche, behind the elevators.  Our office is next to the Alper Room (2265 Bunche), where the Econ. graduate student TA’s hold office hours.

2. How do I schedule an appointment with one of the Economics Undergraduate Counselors?

We do not have appointments.  Counseling is available on a drop-in basis only, and is first come, first served.  Students sign in via the iPad.  Our advising office is busiest during the first two weeks of every quarter.

3. If I am unable to come in for drop-in advising, what is a good way to contact your office?

We encourage our students to contact us via the My.UCLA Message Center for quick and general questions requiring short answers. Sign in by using your UCLA Logon, click on Need Help, then submit your question to the Academic counseling unit called “Economics.”  Our office phone number is (310) 825-5118.

4.  How do I get information on changes to courses offered in the Department, scholarships, internships, job opportunities, events, and updates on department rules and requirements?

For Departmental Announcements, and to receive updates on the Business Economics major, subscribe to Econ-Alert by adding yourself to the Undergraduate Economics Counseling SSC CCLE website. Note: Do not put parentheses around your name.

For internships or any career-related information, please visit the counseling office for information, review the Econ-Careernet announcements via the listserv, or contact the UCLA Career Center: http://www.career.ucla.edu/Contact-Us

5.  What courses do I need for the Economics and the Business Economics majors?

You can find information about requirements here.

6.  How do I declare Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics?

Please visit the undergraduate counseling office in 2263 Bunche Hall and meet with a counselor. As long as you are in good academic standing, have passing grades in any of our pre-major courses that you have already taken, and show that you can complete our pre-major within 135 units, we can place you into one of our pre-majors.

Only students that enter UCLA as freshman may declare the Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics majors.

Transfer students cannot declare the Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics majors if they were admitted to UCLA as a NON-Economics major.

We do not change any major or pre-major statuses beginning Monday of Week 10, each quarter. At that point, you will be asked to return to our office in the following quarter once all of your grades in the current quarter have been processed and finalized. We recommend waiting until Week 3 or Week 4 to declare the pre-major, as the undergraduate counseling office is typically very busy during the first two weeks of each quarter.

7.  When do I need to declare the major?

Non-transfer students must complete the pre-major within 135 units, excluding AP units or other units earned prior to entering UCLA.

Transfer students must apply for the major no later than their third regular quarter at UCLA.

8.  How do I get into the Economics major?

Please come to the undergraduate counseling office in 2263 Bunche Hall to meet with a counselor once you successfully complete the pre-major and all of your pre-major grades are posted. You must complete the pre-major with a minimum 2.5 GPA and a “C” or better in each course to qualify.

9. How do I get into the Business Economics major?

To apply for the Business Economics major, applications are available via the Undergraduate Economics Counseling CCLE website and are accepted during the first three weeks of each quarter.  To sign up for Econ-Alerts – click here.

You must complete all pre-major courses with a minimum 3.0 GPA and a “C” or higher in each course to apply for the major.

Non-transfer students must also earn a 3.3 Primary Score to get accepted into the major.  To determine your eligibility for the major view the Primary Score Calculator and input your grades. All pre-major grades must be accounted for in order for the calculator to work, thus, please be sure to include projected grades if you have not completed the pre-major.  You must also input your cumulative UCLA GPA and total units completed.  The total units must be less than 135.

Transfer students can qualify for Business Economics by either:

  1. Completing Economics 11 and 101 with a minimum 3.5 GPA and a 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.
    – OR –
  2. Completing Economics 11 and 101 with a minimum 3.3 GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in Econ 11, 101 and all Econ courses taken by the time Econ 101 is completed (they must have at least Economics 11 as a prerequisite) and a 3.3 cumulative UCLA GPA.

10.  Is there an order to the Economics courses?

All pre-major courses must be completed before you can officially enter the major. Many courses also have prerequisites. Please check with the Economics undergraduate counselors, consult the Undergraduate Economics CCLE website, or review the Course Descriptions in the UCLA Catalog for prerequisites. Please note that Economics 11, 101, and 102 must be taken in sequence, although they do not have to be taken in consecutive  quarters.

11.  How do I obtain a Permission to Enroll (PTE) number for an Economics course?

PTE numbers are not given out for any of the undergraduate classes in the Department of Economics.

12.  Can I start taking classes for the major before I am officially accepted into the major?

You may take any economics class as long as it is not restricted and you meet the required prerequisites.

13.  How do I read my Degree Audit Report (DAR)?

You can access your DAR from MyUCLA. If you need assistance understanding it, please meet with a counselor in your academic counseling office (AAP, CAC, etc.) or an Undergraduate Economics Counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall.

14.  How do I get into a “Business Economics majors only” class?

Economics 106 courses are open to students officially in Business Economics on both First and Second Passes.  If there is still a lot of space after all Business Economics majors have had the opportunity to enroll, the Department of Economics will consider opening up enrollment to Seniors officially in Economics and Mathematics/Economics.  If there is still space after that, Juniors officially in Economics and Mathematics/Economics will have the opportunity to enroll.

Many upper division Management courses are restricted to students officially in Business Economics and/or the Minor in Accounting or the Minor in Entrepreneurship on First Pass.  Other students with at least junior standing can enroll on Second Pass.

Summer Sessions courses are not restricted to Business Economics majors, so any students who meet the prerequisites can enroll.

15.  Can I take an Economics 106 course for my major requirements?

Yes, Economics 106 courses can count as an elective for both Economics and Business Economics majors. Please keep in mind that these courses are initially restricted to Business Economics majors. If you are able to enroll into an Economics 106 course, as long as it is completed for a letter grade, it will count as an elective for the Economics major.

Remember that if the Economics 106 course you enroll into has a lab offered, you are required to take the lab. The grading of both the lecture and the lab must match. Any course you want to count towards the major must be completed for a letter grade.

16.  If I drop a class, does that count as a repeat in my pre-major?

A drop does not count as a repeat for the purpose of a maximum of one pre-major course repeat. Note that students cannot drop  an “Impacted” course after Friday of week two except due to an extreme emergency. Students with such a situation should meet with a counselor in their respective academic counseling office (AAP, CAC, etc.) to discuss if it is likely that a drop petition will be granted by the College.

You are allowed to repeat only one pre-major course and may repeat that course only one time.You may repeat a course only if you earn a “C-” or lower. The College of Letters and Science allows students to repeat up to 16 units in which the second grade replaces the first in your UCLA GPA although both grades will remain on your transcript. After sixteen units of repeats, both grades are averaged into your GPA.

You are allowed to repeat only one pre-major course and may repeat that course only once .

17.  I am interested in studying abroad for the summer.  How should I proceed? 

The first thing we would suggest that you do is to visit the UCLA International Education Office in 1332 Murphy Hall.  You can also contact the staff in the IEO by calling 310-825-4995 or by sending an e-mail to info@ieo.ucla.edu.  Most EAP application deadlines are 6 – 9 months advance of departure. Students are encouraged to meet with an EAP counselor early in their college career to plan and prepare for a summer, semester or year abroad.  Students majoring in Economics or Business Economics are also encouraged to meet with a counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall before studying abroad.  For more information – click here.

18.  If I study abroad or take courses at another university – how many Economics courses can I take?

Business Economics and Economics majors may take a total of three upper division economics courses abroad or at another university to count towards the major. Students cannot take these courses at the same time that they are enrolled as regular students during a regular quarter.  To ensure that the classes taken elsewhere will count toward the major – students must submit course syllabi to the undergraduate counselors for pre-approval by the faculty.  The syllabi should be submitted via the MyUCLA Message Center.  Note that the Department approves courses for content only.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course transfers back to UCLA as a minimum of four upper division units.

19.  How do I get into the Department of Economics Honors Program?

You can find information on the Honors Program here.

20.  How do I find out if a course I want to enroll in at a community college counts for the major?

If you want to take a pre-major course at a California community college in the summer, you should use the website www.assist.org for articulation agreements.  If you want to take a course at a community college outside of California or at a four-year university other than UCLA, please check the course with a Department of Economics undergraduate counselor.  Ultimately – to be accepted into the major — you will need to make sure that the course in question is posted on your UCLA Degree Audit (DARS). The counselor will verify that your grade in the class is acceptable for you to be accepted into the major (“C” or higher).  Taking a pre-major course that is equivalent to one of our courses at a community college or another university will be calculated into your pre-major GPA and will count as a repeat if you receive a grade of “C-” or below.

21.  How do I locate one of my professors?

Go to our faculty directory link, to get their email addresses and office locations.

22.  How do I find a tutor?

This information can be accessed  here: Current list of tutors.

The names found on this website are Ph.D. students in the UCLA Department of Economics who are willing to tutor undergraduates.  The names are listed alphabetically. Each tutor sets his or her own hourly rate for tutoring so there will be variation in the cost.  Please note that graduate students cannot tutor for the course for which he or she is currently serving as a Teaching Assistant.

23.  I think I took the wrong statistics class. What should I do?

Please come in to see a counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall, or submit a question to us via our My.UCLA Message Center.

24.  What if I don’t qualify for the Business Economics major?

If you have not met the requirements for the Business Economics major, you may still be able to be accepted into the Economics major. Please come in to see a counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall to discuss this further.

25. Can I double-major in Economics or Business Economics and Mathematics-Economics?

No. However, if you decide to major in Business Economics, you may decide to pursue other courses, another major, or minor that meets your mathematical interests. If you decide to major in Mathematics-Economics, you can pursue a minor in accounting or take management courses.

26.  Which professors do you recommend?

The best way to learn about professors is by talking to students who have already taken a particular professor’s course. There is also bruinwalk.com for student feedback.

You can also explore the Department of Economics website for information on a professor’s interests, research, and background by clicking on the Faculty websites.

27.  Am I required to enroll into a lab for an Economics course if it is offered?

Yes. Any course that has an associated lab is a co-requisite of the course. You must take the course and affiliated lab together although you need to enroll in each course individually. Economics labs are designed to give students an opportunity to explore real-world examples in relation to their course.  Economics 103L is always a mandatory co-requisite for Economics 103.

28.  Where can I find a list of UCLA’s Minors?  How many units for the Minor can overlap with the major?

The list of Minors and Specializations can be found at http://catalog.registrar.ucla.edu/ucla-cat2016-4.html  These are are done by students to broaden their academic experience, to enhance career opportunities, for personal interest, or to better prepare themselves for graduate study.  Please note that at least 20 units of the minor (upper and lower division) must be unique to the minor and not overlap with any other minor or major (including prep and upper division requirements). Students may need to take additional classes to be sure they meet this requirement. Students in the College of Letters & Science wanting exceptions to this (i.e., wanting to overlap more than 2 courses with another program) would need to submit a Blue Petition to their Academic Counseling Unit, approved by the department.

29.  How do I get information on the Minor in Accounting?

Click here for information on this Minor.  You may also visit the Undergraduate Accounting Program Office, which is located in the UCLA Anderson School of Management, D413, Cornell Hall. The phone number of the Director of Student Affairs for this program is (310) 206-8711.

30.  How do I get information on the Minor in Entrepreneurship?

Click here for information on this Minor.  You may also visit the Student Affairs Officer for this Minor in 149 Humanities Building, or call (310) 825-1389.

31.  How do I get into the Specialization in Computing?

The Specialization in Computing for Economics and Business Economics majors has been discontinued. No new applications will be accepted.  Students can still complete Program in Computing courses, which are administered by the Department of Mathematics.

32.  How do I get information on internships and jobs?

—Visit the UCLA Career Center in the Strathmore Building.

—Subscribe to Economics Career Network through the Undergraduate Economics CCLE website in order to receive regular announcements each week.

—Become involved in student organizations focusing on your areas of interest.

33.  How do I declare a double major?

In order to petition the College for a double major, you must first complete all of the pre-major course requirements for both majors, as well as two upper-division courses in each major.

The steps for petitioning a double major are explained at http://www.ugeducation.ucla.edu/counseling/double-major.html.

Since you must apply for the Economics or Business Economics major by the time that you complete 135 units, you should visit the Department of Economics Counseling office once you finish the Economics pre-major to unofficially declare the major if you are already in another major. You should submit an application for the Business Economics major if you have completed the pre-major even though you might not yet be eligible to declare the double major.

34.  Where can I find information about commencement (graduation)?

Please visit https://www.commencement.ucla.edu/schedule for information about the College of Letters & Science Main Commencement Ceremony and the Departmental Graduations.

35.  Do I need to work before applying for a Master’s program, an MBA, or a PhD?

Each graduate school has different requirements and preferences. Please contact the admissions officers and review the websites of the programs you are interested in attending for details.

For information about UCLA’s Master of Applied Economics program, click here.

For information about UCLA’s PhD program in Economics, click here.

For information about the graduate programs in UCLA’s Anderson School of Management, click here.

36.  What is an impacted course, and which Economics courses are impacted?

An impacted course is one for which demand exceeds the number of seats available. Undergraduate students cannot drop an impacted course after Friday of the second week of a term for other than exceptionally extenuating circumstances. The impacted courses in Economics include 11, 41, 101, 102, and 103.  For a comprehensive list of impacted courses at UCLA, click here.

37.  How is a student’s class level determined?

Class level is based on the number of units completed and in progress, not years attended.  Undergraduate levels, based on units, affect enrollment appointments and some course restrictions. A Freshman has completed 0-44.9 units, a Sophomore has completed 45-89.9 units, a Junior has completed 90-134.9 units, and a Senior has completed 135 or more units.

38.  What are the undergraduate study list deadlines and fees at UCLA?  

These are listed at http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/Fees-Residence/Course-and-Study-List-Fees/Undergraduate-Study-List-Deadlines-and-Fees

All deadlines fall on Friday of the week(s) indicated. If that Friday is a University holiday, the deadline is Thursday of that week.

39.  Where can I find information about the annual fees and costs for UCLA undergraduates to attend UCLA?

For information on the current annual fees for UCLA undergraduates, click here.

For information on  the estimated annual budget for a UCLA undergraduate student, click here.