Economics Undergraduate Student Services

All Economics Advising Services are virtual until further notice. No in-person services are available. Please email all Economics advising questions to ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.

See below for instructions on how to connect with advisors virtually through our virtual front deskdrop-in hours, scheduled appointments, and for obtaining signatures on forms. We encourage new and prospective students to reach out to our Peer Advisors.

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OUR MISSION

The mission of the Economics Student Services Department is to advise students holistically by providing a high standard of service in a supportive and collaborative environment.  Undergraduate and peer advisors work as a team to provide accurate information to students in a timely manner.  We partner with faculty to assist students in engaging with the campus and the global economic community.  We value fairness, diversity, and the important roles our students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Economics play at the University of California, Berkeley.

 

OUR LOCATION

 
Economics Undergraduate Advising Office
539 Evans Hall (5th Floor)
Berkeley, CA 94720-3880
 
 

OUR SERVICES 

Economics Undergraduate Advisors provide academic advising and guidance on matters pertaining to the Economics major. We are available on an appointment and drop-in basis for students throughout the academic calendar year. See below for details on how to receive support from the Economics Undergraduate Advising Office. 

For general questions about the Economics major, undergraduate advisors can be reached via email at ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu. Additionally, our peer advisors are a great resource for students intending to major in Economics and can be reached at peers@econ.berkeley.edu.

Economics Undergraduate Advisors DO NOT advise on University or College requirements, or their policies and procedures (i.e. breadth requirements, exceeding the unit ceiling, or questions regarding the degree list). Please make an appointment to meet with your College (L&S) Advisor regarding these concerns. 

 

VIRTUAL FRONT DESK

During the Remote Learning Period, you can access the Economic Undergraduate Advising Office's front desk services virtually. The Economics Undergraduate Advising Virtual Front Desk is run by our Economics Peer Advisors.

Topics you can get help with through the Economics Virtual Front Desk:

  • Clarification on Economics major requirements and admission policies
  • Help with course selection and schedule planning for the Economics major
  • Support navigating which campus office to contact with questions
  • Guidance on whether to make an appointment with an Economics advisor or to use a different resource

How to Access Virtual Front Desk:

When the Virtual Front Desk is open (see calendar above), click: ECON Advising-Virtual Front Desk zoom link (NOTE: Authenticated UC Berkeley zoom users only)

 

DROP-IN ADVISING 

Economics drop-in advising are held virtually until further notice. In-person drop-in advising are not available. To connect with an Economics advisor virtually, please use the google chat function through your @berkeley.edu email address. Send a direct chat message to ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu during our drop-in hours listed below and an Economics advisor will respond. 

Drop-in advising requires in-person check-in at Evans 539 and wait times will vary depending on volume of traffic. While most advising questions can be addressed on a drop-in basis, some topics may require an appointment. Depending on the advising need, advisors may ask students to schedule a follow-up appointment if the question cannot be addressed during drop-in hours. 

FALL 2020 ONLINE DROP-IN ADVISING HOURS* (August 31-December 11)

MONDAY   4:00PM - 6:00PM
TUESDAY   1:30PM - 3:30PM
WEDNESDAY   4:00PM - 6:00PM
THURSDAY   1:30PM - 3:30PM
FRIDAY   APPOINTMENTS ONLY. NO DROP IN HOURS.

*Subject to availability. All times listed as Pacific Standard Time (PST).

 

ADVISING APPOINTMENTS

All scheduled advising appointments are held over google meet until further notice. Please schedule appointments using CalCentral. You will need to be signed on to your @berkeley.edu email address during the time of the appointment. More information about google meet can be found here.

Appointments are booked online via Cal Central and can be scheduled with any undergraduate advisor. Note that scheduled advising appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance during busy seasons. Please plan ahead. See APPOINTMENT NO SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY for more information regarding advising appointments.

Scheduled advising appointments are required for the following topics:

Taking time off from school
Returning from an absence
Long-range graduation planning

SCHEDULE AN UNDERGRADUATE ADVISING APPOINTMENT ON CAL CENTRAL

 

Please DO NOT schedule multiple appointments with different advisors to discuss the same questions. This makes less appointments available to other students, and is a duplication of efforts for advisors. 

 

FORM SIGNATURES

Please submit all forms for signature via email (ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu) until further notice.

Forms that are submitted as incomplete, inaccurate, and/or submitted incorrectly may be subject to additional requirements determined by the Undergraduate Economics Advising team.

 

PEER ADVISORS

Economics peer advisors are a valuable resource for prospective and current economics students. Our peer advisors are trained by the undergraduate advising staff on department policies and procedures. They are very knowledgeable about the economics department because they have completed the process of declaring the major, and have taken economics courses on-campus. We encourage students to consult with them about their experiences in the Economics major.

Economics peer advisors are available at various times during each semester for drop-in advising. Peer advisors can also be contacted via email at peers@econ.berkeley.edu

PEER ADVISING APPOINTMENTS

Peer Advising appointments are now available! We encourage new students pursuing an Economics major to seek out advice from our Peer Advisors. Our Peer Advisors are current Berkeley students majoring in Economics. They can help to answer your questions about the major and give you suggestions based on their experience as students.

Topics you can get help with through a Peer Advising Appointment:

  • Clarification on Economics major requirements and admission policies
  • Help with course selection and schedule planning for the Economics major
  • Support navigating campus and department resources 
  • Consult with peers about their experiences in the Economics major (This is especially great for new students!)

How to Schedule an Appointment With a Peer Advisor: 

To schedule an appointment with an Economics Peer Advisor click here. When booking your appointment, please include your first and last name, your student ID number and a quick note telling us what you would like to discuss. 

Please Note:

  • NO SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS. All appointments must be booked at least 24 hours in advance.
  • Note that scheduled advising appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance during busy seasons. Please plan ahead. 
  • By arriving more than 5 minutes late for your appointment, you forfeit your scheduled time and will need to reschedule. See APPOINTMENT NO SHOW/CANCELLATION POLICY for more information regarding appointments.
  • Please DO NOT schedule multiple appointments with different advisors or Peer Advisors to discuss the same questions. This makes less appointments available to other students, and is a duplication of efforts for our team.

How to Access Your Peer Advisor appointment:

Peer advising appointments will be held over google meet until further notice. A meeting invitation will be emailed to you after you schedule the appointment. 

At the time of your appointment, you must be signed on to your @berkeley.edu email address. Open your bCal (Berkeley student calendar) using your student account and you will see the meeting on your calendar. When you open the meeting, you will see the link to "Join with Google Meet".  Click on "Join with Google Meet" and your meeting window will open prompting you to join your appointment.

 

PROSPECTIVE BERKELEY STUDENTS

Please note that the undergraduate advisors must prioritize advising appointments with continuing Berkeley students. If you are not a continuing student at UC Berkeley, we may not be able to schedule a meeting with you. If you are applying to UC Berkeley and have general questions about the Economics major, please refer to the Undergraduate Admissions Office at admissions.berkeley.edu or email ugrad@econ.berkeley.edu.