The Bachelor of Arts in Economics is now classified as a STEM major (CIP Code 45.0603: Econometrics and Quantitative Economics). This change is in effect for students with a Degree Expected Term of Fall Quarter 2019 or later. It does not apply retroactively. Also note that the degree designation remains a “Bachelor of Arts”.
How to Declare the Economics Major
Please meet with a Department of Economics counselor in 2263 Bunche Hall once all of your pre-major grades are officially posted on your Degree Audit Report (DAR). Beside receiving the required pre-major grades, GPA, and unit criteria, students must have earned a C- minimum in Economics 101, 102, and/or 103/103L if they have enrolled in any of these courses prior to being officially allowed to declare the major. You must also have a 2.0 minimum upper division major GPA in all upper division courses completed prior to being able to declare the major. Students may declare the Economics major year-round, including in the summer.
You must complete the courses in the major with a minimum 2.0 grade point average.You must receive a minimum grade of a “C-” or above in Economics 101, 102, 103 and 103L.
Economics 102 should be taken soon after Economics 101 (Economics 11, 101, and 102 must be taken in sequence).
The minimum grade required to satisfy an Economics elective is “D-.”
Transfer students must have been admitted to UCLA as Pre-Economics or Pre-Business Economics to pursue the Economics major. Students admitted under another major cannot switch into our department, and cannot add one of our majors as a double major.
Students majoring in Economics are permitted to substitute two upper division Management courses for two upper division Economics electives. You may select from Management 120A, 120B, 122, 127A, 130A, 130B and 180 (Real Estate Finance only).
The official requirements for the Economics major in the 2018-2019 UCLA Catalog can be found at:
For additional information on both majors, our honors programs, our scholarships, and information from the College of Letters & Science – please review our Economics Undergraduate Student Handbook.