Getting started in Global Economics: 2023-2024 Entering Frosh


Students are admitted to UCSC with a "proposed major" in most cases, and later petition to officially declare the major. Admission to UCSC does not guarantee acceptance into a particular major. Students must be declared in a major by the end of the second year (or equivalent), so learning about and preparing for a major is a primary goal for first-year students.

Importance of an early start:

This is a course-intensive and/or sequential program, and students who intend to pursue this major must begin taking classes for the major in their first year at UCSC.

Qualification requirements and/or prerequisites for the major:

Review Major Qualification Requirements in the General Catalog.

Frosh who intend to pursue this major should do the following things prior to the beginning of fall term...

  • Complete the Math Preparation and placement process. You have 15 free hours of math skills review to prep you for placement or your next course. It takes up to three business days for ALEKS PPL placement to post in your student record. Completing the assessment by August 2 will ensure your placement is posted before enrollment begins (although depending on your enrollment appointment, you may have more time!).

...and should take these courses their first term:

  • Language Course (if available in your language and at your level)
  • Depending on placement: AM 11A / MATH 3 / MATH 2

We advise students to wait until winter or spring to take ECON 1 or 2, since it is crucial they do well in these classes, in addition to their first quarter of calculus (AM/ECON 11A) for admittance into the major.

Because the grade in calculus is included in the qualification to the major, students should be sure they are well prepared to take this course.

Special enrollment procedures:

Enroll in classes during your online enrollment appointment time.

Sample Academic Plan:

Review the Sample Academic Plan in the General Catalog.

Other Information:

See our website for sample four-year plans.

ECON 100A/M, 100B/N and 113 are much more difficult than ECON 1 & 2. Students should devise their academic plans to ensure they will not have to take more than one of ECON 100A/M, 100B/N, and 113 in the same term, since it is crucial that students pass these courses on the first attempt.

Links to Review:

Program Description (Catalog)
Department Website
Economics Advising

Advisor Contact Information:

Lisa Morgan and Ben Hernandez

(831) 459-5028 or (831) 459-2028 or
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