Global Economics

Introduction

Global economics is an interdisciplinary major designed to prepare students to participate in the global economy; the program aims to deepen students’ knowledge of economics within a culturally and linguistically diverse world. The major is particularly useful to students contemplating careers at home or overseas in international relations, in international business, or with international organizations. Hence, the major requires overseas study, regional area study, and second-language proficiency in addition to the basic economics requirements.

Degrees Offered

  • B.A.

Study and Research Opportunities

  • Opportunities for students to take some elective courses for the major at foreign universities through the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP); study abroad opportunities available in over 43 countries through this program.
  • The possibility of undertaking joint research with economics faculty (particularly in the area of experimental research)
  • The Economics Field-Study Program offers internships supervised by faculty sponsors and on-site mentors.

Information for First-Year Students (Freshmen)

Special preparation is not needed other than the courses required for UC admission, but you are encouraged to develop a strong background in mathematics.

Students must take the equivalent of the following three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an Economics major: Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics), Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics), and one of the following calculus courses: AM/ECON 11A (Mathematical Methods for Economists), or Math 11A (Calculus with Applications), or Math 19A (Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) and must achieve a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in these three courses to be eligible to declare the major.

Information for Transfers

Students must take the equivalent of the following three courses prior to petitioning for entry to an Economics major: Economics 1 (Introductory Microeconomics), Economics 2 (Introductory Macroeconomics), and one of the following calculus courses: AM/ECON 11A (Mathematical Methods for Economists), or Math 11A (Calculus with Applications), or Math 19A (Calculus for Science, Engineering, and Mathematics) and must achieve a combined grade point average (GPA) of 2.8 in these three courses to be eligible to declare the major. Equivalent courses may be taken at other universities or at community colleges. Transfer students may have these courses reviewed prior to matriculation.

Careers

  • International banking/investment
  • Financial analysis
  • Global management
  • Accounting for multinational companies
  • Management consulting
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • International relations/policy
  • Real estate
  • Statistical analysis
  • Teaching

These are only samples of the field’s many possibilities.

EAP

The Education Abroad Program (EAP) offers economics undergraduate students the opportunity to study at more than 100 host universities and colleges in over 43 countries as part of their regular UC academic program. Students receiving financial aid can apply their award to a program abroad.

Awards, Honors, and Recognitions

The 2018-2019 recipients of the Award in Global Economics are Sarah Adler and Laniah Lewis. This award is applied towards reimbursement for a portion of tuition fees.

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Economics Department
401 Engineering 2
University of California, Santa Cruz
1156 High Street
Santa Cruz, California 95064
(831) 459-5028
econ_ugrad_coor@ucsc.edu