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The Department of Economics is home to over 2,000 undergraduate students and offers two majors: Economics (BA) and Economics & Accounting (BA).

Students of both majors will be prepared with a thorough understanding of Economic Theory, problem solving and analytical skill sets that apply to careers in many different fields. The Economics & Accounting major additionally provides accounting and financial management courses to prepare students for the CPA exam.

Advising Services

The undergraduate advising office operates on a walk-in basis.  We are currently holding advising sessions in North Hall 2121 Monday - Friday, 9:30am-11:30am and 1:30pm-3:30pm. Please note that Friday drop-ins are via Zoom only.  We are currently using QLess to have students enter a queue and be summoned to meet with an advisor.  Students can "join the line" from anywhere on campus via this link and will receive a text message once it is their turn for an advising session.

All advising inquiries can also be sent via email to ugrad@econ.ucsb.edu. An advisor will return your message within 2 business days.

Opportunities for Undergraduates

The Department offers a number of resources to help students succeed in the major. Students are encouraged to enhance their undergraduate experience by:

  • Participating in Economic research
  • Exploring student-run organizations to gain research and career opportunities
  • Visiting the Academic Advising or Career Connection office for guidance regarding the major and career opportunities
  • Studying Economics abroad

To learn more about opportunities within the major and tracking one’s degree progress, please visit the Prospective/Current Students pages.

Why Study Economics

Economics can be broadly defined as the study of human behaviors aimed at finding solutions to help improve peoples' lives. A degree in economics doesn't have to be about finance, banking, business, or government. It can lead to many interesting and fulfilling career choices.

Watch the video "A career in Economics . . . it's much more than you think" presented by the American Economic Association to hear the perspective of four individuals offering insights on how economics can be a tool for solving very human problems.


Undergraduate Advisor
Undergraduate Advisor


Office Hours

Monday to Thursday:
9:30am-11:30m and 1:30pm-3:30pm

Office closed, advisors are remote

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