Undergraduate Program in Economics

Why Economics

Are you interested in pursuing a major in Economics? 

The curriculum of the UC Davis bachelor's program in Economics encompasses instruction in deductive reasoning and analysis of models to help understand economic theory, strategies, tactics, policies and consequences. At the same time, students are trained in modern methods of empirical and data analysis that are needed in the business and professional world.

A 2010 survey of 1,072 economics majors at public and private colleges and universities by researcher Steven Jones and colleagues reported that 78 percent of majors were either satisfied (47 percent) or highly satisfied (31 percent) with economics as a major, and only 3 percent were dissatisfied. Asked what they derived from their studies in economics, an overwhelming majority of survey respondents (89 percent) said that they learned the economics way of thinking—a primary goal of the economics major.


Students may complete a major in Economics at UC Davis using either of two approaches:

  1. 1. Complete the General Economics Major.
  2. 2. Complete the Economics Major with a Specialization. If you wish to declare a specialization, then please submit this declaration form to the advising staff. 


Want to know what an Economics Major could look like?

Check out our Sample Plans.


Are you interested in pursuing a minor in Economics? 

Complete the Economics minor.


Our Economics, History and East Asian Studies Advising Center has several staff advisors that are available to assist you with various student services related to the major, including academic planning, petition review, course selection, career pathway development, and special study progress. You may  for questions or concerns.* 

*Please be aware our advisors only answer emails during open business hours.


Many students have reached out to faculty in the Department of Economics with questions about what books are on their nightstands, podcasts downloaded on their phones, and sources they access to answer their questions. 

CLICK HERE to see what faculty are reading, podcasts they follow, and sources for data and information that they trust. Enjoy!