Taking Courses Outside the Economics Department

Policies and Procedures

For the Economics major, a maximum of TWO approved upper division courses (including Intermediate Macroeconomics and Intermediate Microeconomics theory courses) may be counted towards the 8 upper division major requirements. This includes:

  • Courses offered at UC Berkeley through other departments (business, history, legal studies, etc.)
  • Courses transferred to UC Berkeley
  • Courses through UCEAP or an independent study abroad program

Courses officially cross-listed with upper division Economics courses do not count towards this two course maximum. See list of Approved UC Berkeley Economics electives.

When taking courses outside the department, students are encouraged to work with an Economics Undergraduate Advisor to ensure they are in alignment with this policy.

Please review the following pages for more information:

  • Transfer Credit: for students taking courses at a community college or a 4-year institution
  • Study Abroad: for students studying abroad through UCEAP or a non-UCEAP independent program
  • How to Submit a Course Equivalency Request: to determine if/how a course taken outside of the Economics department will count for the major and the Economics course credit.

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