The UCLA Department of Economics, in an effort to provide a more focused learning experience for our students, is in the preliminary stage of launching a set of “Concentrations.” These Concentrations are completely optional and will not show up on students’ transcripts or other official documents. What they will do is help students identify a set of courses focused on a particular area study or career goal and provide co-curricular activities tied to that specialization.

Concentrations are optional and will NOT be noted on a student’s transcript or other official documents. Students are encouraged to take a course of study that interests them and meets their career goals. For some students this will involve taking courses within a specific concentration while for others an array of courses across multiple fields is more appropriate.

In order to further strengthen our finance curriculum, the Economics Department is currently offering the academic concentration in Value Investing.

If students have any questions about this concentration — or about the application process — please contact Humberto Hernandez at

If this concentration is successful, the Department hopes to expand its available concentrations to include: Corporate Strategy and Competition, Public Finance and Economic Policy, and eventually, Global Economics, and Data Analytics. The rate of expansion will depend on student interest, our ability to hire and retain faculty and graduate students in these areas, and on our success in obtaining funding for the associated co-curricular activities.

For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions .