Undergraduate Economics Program

The Department of Economics is home to over 1,400 undergraduate students.  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.


Have you ever thought, “what can I do with a degree in 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 be useful to all individuals and can lead to many interesting and fulfilling career choices.

Please watch the video "A career in Economics . . . it's much more than you think" presented by the American Economic Association.

The video features four individuals offering insights on how economics can be a tool for solving very human problems and they provide some interesting perspectives on how they chose economics as a career path.

  • Marcella Alsan, a physician of infectious disease, discusses why she needed to pursue a degree in economics to improve the lives of her patients.
  • Randall Lewis, a research scientist at Google, uses economics and "big data" as tools to improve the functioning of markets.
  • Britni Wilcher, a PhD student of economics, offers insight on some misconceptions about economists and factors influencing her career path decision.
  • Peter Henry, dean at the NYU Stern School of Business, points to the true nature of economics and the importance of diverse voices informing the field.

If you are unsure if Economics is for you, please consult with one of our professional or peer advisors about the major.


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!

Faculty/GSI information

Faculty mailboxes, faculty and GSI office hours and office room numbers are available at the Department Office, 530 Evans Hall and on the Economics website. Updated information is also available from the online schedule of classes, http://schedule.berkeley.edu/