Students majoring in the Department of Economics have the opportunity to take classes abroad, at a community college, or at another four-year university.
Business Economics and Economics majors may take a total of three upper division courses abroad or at another university to count towards their major requirements. Students cannot take these courses at the same time that they are enrolled as a student at UCLA during the academic year (Fall, Winter, Spring).
To ensure that classes taken elsewhere will potentially count towards the major, students are encouraged to submit the following items online for pre-approval: the name of the intended university, the course titles, course numbers, course prerequisites, and course descriptions, of the potential courses, and the respective syllabi, if available.
Please submit the above information and syllabi online via the MyUCLA Message Center. Please be sure to put the following as the title for the message submitted: “PRE-Petition for Non-UCLA Courses.”
A student may also wish to meet with a Department of Economics undergraduate counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall to see if particular courses have been approved in the past.
Ultimately – courses need to be reviewed for official approval upon presentation of the syllabus from the actual term and instructor, not from a previous term’s syllabus. Thus, in addition to (or instead of) submitting materials for pre-approval, the syllabi must be submitted via the MyUCLA Message Center while the student is attending the university in question.
Please submit the name of the intended university, the course titles, course numbers, course prerequisites, and course descriptions, of the courses you plan to take, and the respective syllabi, online with the four-year university you are attending. Please be sure to put the following as the title for the message submitted: “Petition for Non-UCLA Courses.”
Please review the COURSE APPROVAL GUIDELINES to know exactly what materials to submit online.
Please note that the Department typically approves courses for content only and requests typically take 15 business days to be reviewed. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that each course transfers back to UCLA as a minimum of four upper division units. This is determined by UCLA Undergraduate Admission.
Students wishing to take a class at a California community college in the summer should also review www.assist.org. ASSIST is an online student-transfer information system that shows how course credits earned at a California community college can be applied at UCLA. If you intend to take a G.E. at a community college, please consult with your general college counselor.
Frequently Asked Questions
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
Can I speak with an Economics Undergraduate Counselor to see which (if any) courses at another university have been approved by the Department in the past?
Yes. Please note that you may do this in person in 2263 Bunche Hall, or via the MyUCLA Message Center. Please note that our office is busiest during the first two weeks of every quarter, and during enrollment times.
How do I find out if a lower division course that I want to enroll in at a community college counts for the major?
If you want to take a pre-major, lower division 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.
I took a prerequisite course (e.g. Econ 11, 41, 101, or 102) at another university. Will I need help enrolling into future major courses?
Yes. Economics courses completed at other universities come in as title credit, which means they are not considered to be directly equivalent to UCLA courses. Even if the Department approves a course from another university to fulfill a specific pre-major or major requirement, the UCLA enrollment system will not recognize the approval. The only exception to this is for courses deemed equivalent to Econ 1 and Econ 2.
To request enrollment assistance, please submit your request via the MyUCLA Message Center or visit our counseling office during your enrollment time.