Undergraduate Economics Program

The Department of Economics is is one of the largest teaching and research departments at UC Berkeley. It has consistently been ranked among the top five economics departments in the world. Founded in 1903, the department is well known for being at the forefront of economics research, for its excellence in teaching both at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and for the prominent role that its faculty members and alumni play in influencing economic policy. Faculty members in the department have achieved great distinction for their research, professional services, and contributions to public policy. Six members of our faculty have been recipients of the Nobel Prize in Economics. The Department of Economics is home to over 1,400 undergraduate students.

Why Study Economics

Economics majors can enroll in a broad array of economics courses, ranging from economic history to advanced microeconomics. Students are encouraged to study abroad, participate in research, and take advantage of the many opportunities Berkeley has to offer. Our BA graduates have a well-established track record finding relevant, well-paid employment and gaining admission to high level graduate programs. The sustained excellence of our degree programs and the exceptional caliber of our students is reflected in the evidence that our BA students flourish professionally and contribute to all facets of society and public discourse.

Nobel Prize Professor David Card
Photo: Professor David Card Receives a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences in 2021.

Economics Undergraduate Student Services

The Economics Undergraduate Student Services Office is located in 539 Evans Hall. Advisors are there to assist with schedule planning, declaring the major, referrals to Berkeley resources, academic difficulty, research, the honors program, and much more.