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. Please see below for more information on how best to speak with one of our counselors.

Contact Information:

We are currently working remotely and therefore will not be conducting in person meetings with students. Please schedule a Zoom meeting to speak with an undergraduate counselor or message them using one of the methods below: 

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.

Schedule a Zoom Meeting with a Counselor:

Students can schedule appointments to “meet” with counselors via Zoom. Students may schedule an appointment up to 48 hours in advance. Counselors are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST.

Switching or Declaring Majors

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.

Updates and Listserv

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

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About the Counseling Department:

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, that you’d like to share about the department, you can send an e-mail to feedback@econ.ucla.edu.  Feel free to provide feedback about the Faculty Members, the Visiting Instructors, the Teaching Assistants, the Economics Courses, the Curriculum, the two majors, Partnership UCLA, and career advising.  You can also offer feedback about how the Economics undergraduate counselors might better serve the students, or how the counselors assisted you during an advising session or via the MyUCLA MessageCenter.  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.

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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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.

Derrick Hwa, Part Time Undergraduate Counselor  

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Human Development, Minor in Education Studies from UC San Diego

About Me:Hi everyone! I am very excited for the opportunity to work with UCLA Undergraduate Economics students! I am looking forward to advising you all with your academic journey and helping you discover your personal and academic passions. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree of Education in Student Affairs here at UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. I hope to integrate all that I learn from my studies into practice! Fun fact about me; I am a huge fan of Disney’s Frozen franchise. I watched Frozen 2 over 20 times this past year!