Welcome to the web page for the Department of Economics Undergraduate Counseling Office.

The Economics Undergraduate Counselors have been working hard and “meeting” daily to monitor and plan for COVID-19 and the safety of UCLA’s current and prospective undergraduate students.  Please know that we are committed to working in everyone’s best interest.

With that said – until further notice – the undergraduate counselors in the Economics Undergraduate Counseling Office will continue to work remotely.

For more information – please click Econ-Hours-Spring-2020.

If at all possible, please read through our FAQs before contacting us.

We will be responding to messages online via the MyUCLA Message Center during our office hours, which are typically Mondays through Fridays from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

For more in-depth counseling questions, students can schedule appointments to “meet” with counselors via zoom and/or phone.  You may schedule same day or next day appointments only.

The links to book appointments are listed below in alpha order.

For Justin Javier, visit https://uclaeconjustin.youcanbook.me/

For Natasha Levy, visit https://uclaeconnatasha.youcanbook.me/

For Julie Plotkin, visit https://uclaeconjulie.youcanbook.me/

To switch to Pre-Economics, Pre-Business Economics, or Economics, please complete the Change of Major request form and submit it to us online via the MyUCLA Message Center. The subject title should be: Change of Major request form.

To apply for the Business Economics major – make sure you are added to our Econ Student Listserv.

To declare a double major with two College of Letters and Science majors, please visit https://economics.ucla.edu/undergraduate/current-students/faq/ for instructions and the appropriate forms.

Please allow at least five to ten business days for the Department to process any forms.

For additional information about our majors, our FAQs, and our Handbook, please see below.

Please make sure you are added to our Econ Student Listserv since we will try to send out updates to our students on a weekly basis.

To speak with an academic counselor in the College or in one of the professional schools, please click here.

For updates about COVID-19 and how it is affecting the UCLA community, please visit https://newsroom.ucla.edu/stories/coronavirus-information-for-the-ucla-campus-community

Best,

Undergraduate Counselors
UCLA Department of Economics

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The staff in the Economics Undergraduate Counseling Office work with current and prospective undergraduate students to help them get the most out of their experience in Economics.  The counselors help students make effective decisions regarding course selection and they help ensure that the requirements for the two majors are satisfied in a timely fashion.  The counselors assist students taking Economics courses at UCLA and at outside universities.  The counselors also advise the students about extracurricular opportunities at UCLA for both the Economics and the Business Economics major.

The staff in the Economics Undergraduate Counseling Office coordinate departmental events for prospective and current students in Economics, including advising sessions for entering students in the summer, recruitment events for the admitted freshmen and transfer students during the spring, and the department’s commencement ceremony in June.  We also administer special departmental programs and scholarships.

We encourage you to stop by our office for assistance.  The location and hours are listed below, and the counselors are available on a drop-in basis.

If you have positive or negative feedback, or suggestions of any kind, about the department, including how the counselors might better serve the students, or how the counselors have been of assistance to you, please let the department know by sending an e-mail to feedback@econ.ucla.edu.  You can use this same e-mail address to provide feedback on other departmental matters such as the Economics Courses, the Faculty, the Teaching Assistants, the two majors, and Partnership UCLA.  If you’d prefer, you can fill out the form found here and drop it off in the box outside of 2263 Bunche Hall.  All names and email addresses will be kept confidential.

Drop-in Counseling Hours/Office Information:

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Closed for Lunch from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Room:  2263 Bunche Hall
Phone: 310-825-5118

If you can’t visit us in 2263 Bunche Hall, the MyUCLA Message Center is the next best way to communicate with us.

If you have a UCLA logon ID/you are a current UCLA student, please submit your inquiry here.

If you do not have a UCLA logon ID, please submit your inquiry here.

Please be sure to add yourself to our listserv.

Undergraduate Counseling Staff Members:

Natasha Levy, Undergraduate Counselor / Student Affairs Manager

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UC San Diego; Master of Arts in Educational Psychology from UCLA.

About me: I have worked full time as a Student Affairs Officer at UCLA since 1997, in multiple offices on campus, including the Linguistics Department, the School of Public Health, and the School of Theater, Film and Television.  I joined the Economics Department in 2016.  I enjoy helping current and prospective students discover their path and with understanding which office to go to for assistance at UCLA.  On a personal note, I enjoy zumba, trying different cuisines, watching film and tv, and hanging with my husband and my shih tzu Leo.

Julie Plotkin, Undergraduate Counselor

Education:  Bachelor of Arts in Journalism; Master of Science in Counseling (College Student Services).

About me:  After deciding against becoming a sportswriter and then working in a variety of fields, including in purchasing for a cruise line and public relations, I pursued graduate education in counseling so that I could help students to become aware of the many options that they have, academically and career-wise, and to help them to succeed.  I have worked at both community colleges and at UCLA.  Outside of UCLA, I enjoy college football (the Bruins, in particular), the outdoors, traveling, and exploring all that Los Angeles and Southern California has to offer.

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Justin Javier, Undergraduate Counselor

Education:   Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from UC San Diego; Master of Arts in Postsecondary Educational Leadership with a Specialization in Student Affairs from San Diego State University.

About me:  I am excited to work with UCLA Economics students, who are intellectually gifted and come from diverse backgrounds. What I enjoy most about my job is helping students navigate their way through college, seeing them walk across the stage at commencement, and ultimately achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals.  Outside of UCLA, I am excited to explore all that Los Angeles has to offer, in particular the many unique restaurants and food options.  Finally, I love watching sports, especially the San Francisco Giants. A goal of mine is to visit all 30 major league baseball stadiums, and I am currently 3/4 of the way there.

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Nora Hunter, Part Time Undergraduate Counselor

Education:  Bachelor of Arts from UCLA; Multiple Subjects and English Teaching Credentials from National University

About me:  I am so excited to be working with the Economics Undergraduate Counselors. I enjoy helping students make informed decisions about their education, so they can maximize their time at UCLA. After working for several years in LAUSD as a teacher, I decided to return to my alma mater to pursue a master’s degree in UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. When I am not working or at school, you can either find me training high school musical theater students, or sitting on the couch with my cat and husband, eating ice cream.

Jonathan

Jonathan Hagman, Part Time Undergraduate Counselor  

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Minor in Public Affairs from UCLA

About Me: I am very excited to be spending my 5th year back on campus working with UCLA undergraduate students. After a year away from Westwood working in the finance start-up space, I am now pursuing a master’s degree from UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs in Public Policy. In my free time you can find me studying in Young Research Library, working out at the John Wooden Center, or complaining about my commute.