Frequently Asked Questions

The Hot Major for Undergrads Seeking High Pay Is Economics

I.Opportunities for Economics Majors

   1.  Why major in Economics?
   2.  What kinds of jobs can I apply for with an economics major?
   3.  How do I become an Econ Major?
   4.  Do I need to see an Economics Advisor?

II. Course Requirements in the Economics Major

    5.  How many units do I need to satisfy the requirements for a BA in Economics?
    6.  What are the required lower division courses in the major?
    7.  What are the required upper division courses in the major?
    8.  How many units of upper division electives are required in the major? 
    9.  Which courses qualify for upper division elective credits?
  10.  How do I choose upper division elective courses?
  
11.  Can I get upper division credit for courses involving work experience?

  12.  Can I get upper division credit for courses that have no prerequisites? 
  13.  What other departments does Economics accept upper division credit from? 
  14.  What courses are recommended if I want to go to graduate school?
  15.  What courses can I take if I have not declared Economics as my major yet? 
  16.  If I am a double major, what courses can I count towards both majors?

III. Transfer Students

  17.  What Econ Courses can I transfer from community colleges? 
  18.  How do my courses transfer at CSUS if taken at an institution that is on a quarter system? 
  19.  Can I take upper division electives at community colleges?
  20.  How many units can I transfer from a junior college?

IV. GE Requirements

  21.  Which economics courses satisfy upper division GE requirements?
  22.  How do I know if I have completed my GE requirements? 
  23.  Is the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) a requirement for any Economics courses?

V. Graduation

  24.  What Economics courses require graduating senior status?
  25.  When do I apply for graduation?
  26.  Where do I get and how do I fill out my graduation application?
  27.  If I am a double major, do I need to file a graduation application for each major?
  28.  Which catalog year do I use?


I. Opportunities for Economics Majors

1.   Why major in Economics?

Many companies like to hire economics majors because of their broad knowledge about the economy and the world. Economics majors learn about philosophy, history, mathematics, political science, sociology, and statistics, as well as business. They learn to think analytically, rigorously and critically, and to communicate effectively. These skills are the primary reason why employers are willing to pay a premium for economics majors relative to majors graduating from other social science disciplines. For more resons to major in Economics see ourEconomics Pamphlet.

2.What kinds of jobs can I apply for with an economics major?

The following is a sample of job titles that could be filled by economics majors (but note that this list is by no means exhaustive): Actuary * Advertising Executive * Auditor * Bank Officer * Bond Trader * Business Forecaster * Business Manager * College Professor * Cost Analyst * Credit Analyst / Loan Officer * Demographer * Entrepreneur * Estate Planner * Financial Planner/Analyst * Financial Officer * Government Administrator * Healthcare Administrator * Human Resources Administrator * Industry Analyst * Industrial/Institutional Buyer * Information Scientist * Insurance Salesperson * Intelligence Agent * International Trade Specialist * Journalist * Labor Relations Specialist * Lawyer * Litigation Analyst * Management Consultant/Analyst * Market Research Analyst * Policy Analyst * Politician * Property Manager * Public Administrator/Manager * Public Utilities Manager * Real Estate Agent/Broker * Sales Manager * Securities Salesperson/Broker * Securities/Commodities Trader * Statistician * Teacher * Technical Writer * Transportation Specialist * Underwriter * Urban/Regional Planner * 

3.How do I become an Econ Major?

 It is highly recommended that you meet with an economics advisor prior to declaring your major. To sign up as an Economics Major, you need to fill out a Change of Major form and complete a short survey. The completed Change of Major form and survey must be submitted to the department and signed by the department chair. Finally, you need to take the signed Change of Major form to Admissions and Records where it will be processed. 

4. Do I need to see an Economics Advisor?

Absolutely! The Economics Department highly recommends that all current or potential majors/minors see an Economics Advisor at least once each academic year. In your meeting with an advisor you will fill out a Major Advising Worksheet which will help guide you through the coursework required for your BA (or minor) in Economics. Your advisor will also alert you to relevant deadlines, schedule changes, program changes, new course offerings, and much more. Appointments with Economics Advisors can be made by calling 916.278.6223. Advising is available only during the Fall and Spring Semesters. 

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II. Course Requirements in the Economics Major

5. How many units do I need to satisfy the requirements for a BA in Economics?

As specified in the 2002-2004 catalog, students majoring in Economics need a minimum of 42 units to complete a BA in Economics, with a minimum of 120 total units required for graduation at CSUS.

6. What are the required lower division courses in the major?

Required lower division courses are outlined in detail in the most recent CSUS catalog. Links to previous years' catalogs are also available on the CSUS Catalog page.

7. What are the required upper division courses in the major?

Required upper division courses are outlined in detail in the most recent CSUS catalog. Links to previous years' catalogs are also available on the CSUS Catalog page.

8. How many units of upper division electives are required in the major? 

You are required to complete 6 upper division elective courses (18 units).

9. Which courses qualify for upper division elective credits?

Any Economics course numbered 110 or higher satisfies upper division requirements. Note, however, that only one of ECON 112, Econ 120, ECON 181, ECON 184, and ECON 189 can count toward your upper division elective courses. Similarly no more than three units of ECON 194, ECON 195, or ECON 198 can count toward your upper division credits. A lower division calculus course (Math 26A or Math 30) or an upper division Math or Stat course (that can be taken for credit towards a math or statistics major) can be substituted for one of the upper division economics electives.  

10. How do I choose upper division elective courses?

 There are two ways to approach choosing your upper division electives. The first approach is to think about an area of economics that you have an interest in (such as Environmental Economics, International Economics, Labor Economics, or Monetary Economics). Pick courses in this area to begin with and then talk to your professors about what other courses may be appropriate in this area. The second approach is to pick a couple of courses in different areas and see which issues interest you the most. This is a good starting point when you have no idea what areas interest you or what courses to pick. As you learn about different issues in economics you will be able to better determine if there is a specific area in Economic that you would like to take more courses in. Advisors in the Economics Department are happy to help you with the selection of appropriate electives.

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11. Can I get upper division credit for courses involving work experience?

Yes. These are three courses related to work experience in the Economics Department. You can count up to three units of work-related Economics courses toward your upper division electives in the Economics Major. Work-related courses include ECON 194, ECON 195, and ECON 198. ECON 194 requires that students arrange supervised employment through the economics Department and the Cooperative Education Program. ECON 195 requires that students arrange an economics internship with the Economics Department. ECON 198 affords students the opportunity to tutor in Economics. To be eligible to tutor in Economics students must receive a minimum of "B" in both ECON 100A and ECON 100B.

12. Can I get upper division credit for courses that have no prerequisites? 

Upper division courses without prerequisites include: ECON 112, Econ 120, ECON 181, ECON 184, and ECON 189. Whereas students can take as many of these courses as the wish for credit, only one of these courses (3 units) can be counted toward upper division electives in the Economics Major.

13. What other departments does Economics accept upper division credit from? 
Mathematics & Statistics Department at CSUS is the only other department that offers courses that satisfy upper division credit in Economics. Specifically, students can take any of the following: MATH 26A (or MATH 26B), MATH 30, MATH 31 and up to four of these units will count towards the Economics Major.

14. What courses are recommended if I want to go to graduate school in the future?

If you anticipate that you may be applying to graduate programs in the near future, the Economics Department recommends that you take the following courses as part of your upper division electives: MATH 26A (or MATH 26B, or MATH 30, or MATH 31) and ECON 141. To ensure the best possible preparation toward graduate school while still working towards your BA, it is highly recommended that you discuss your graduate school plans and the courses you are taking with an Economics Advisor.

15. What courses can I take if I have not declared Economics as my major yet? 

With the exception of ECON 145, none of the upper or lower division courses require that you are a declared major. However, if you are planning to major/minor in Economics, it is highly recommended that you seek advice on your coursework as soon as possible.

16. If I am a double major, what courses can I count towards both majors?

The answer depends upon your other major. Other majors may allow you to use upper division economics courses to satisfy their requirements. For example, Business majors with a Finance Concentration can count three of the following courses towards both majors: ECON 100A, ECON 100B, ECON 135, ECON 192.


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17.What Econ Courses can I transfer from community college:
Please visit the website: www.Assist.orgto check on courses you feel should transfer from your community college to CSUS.

18.How do my courses transfer at CSUS if taken at an institution that is on a quarter system?

A maximum number of 90 quarter system units can transfer to CSUS.

19.Can I take upper division electives at community colleges?

It is recommended that you talk to an advisor before you take a course at the community college that you wish to transfer to CSUS.

20.How many units can I transfer from a junior college?

The maximum number of transfer units from a 2 year or community college on a semester system is 70. The maximum number of units that can transfer from an institution on a quarter system is 90.

21.  Which Economics courses satisfy upper division GE requirements?
Econ 112 - European Economic History and Econ 181 - Economics of Racism

22.  How do I know if I have completed my GE requirements?

You can visit the Academic Advising Center in Lassen Hall 1012, or check out General Education Requirements online.  Type in GE requirements in the search box.

23.  Is the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE) a requirement for any Economics courses?

While the Econ Department does not offer a writing intensive course, the WPE (Writing Proficiency Exam) is a junior essay exam required for graduation.  If you cannot pass it in two tries, you must take and pass English 109.

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24.What Economics courses require graduating senior status?

Economics 145.  

25.  When do I apply for graduation?
It is recommended that you apply for graduation two semesters before you anticipate graduating.  This allows the degree auditors to check your records and inform you of any deficiencies.

26.  Where do I get and how do I fill out my graduation application?

If you go to the www.csus.edu website and under the Admissions link, under current students, you will find the Graduation Application under Degree Evaluations.  They also have instructions and samples to look at.  You can fill it out on your computer to make it neater and easier to read.

27.  If I am a double major do I need to file a graduation application for each major?

The instructions on the graduation application requests that you submit a separate application for each program (No additional fee required).

28.  Which catalog year do I use?

Students may elect the requirements in effect at (1) the year they began their study at a California community college or CSU campus, (2) the year they entered the CSU campus from which they will graduate, or (3) the year they graduate from CSU.  Please read more about catalog rights by typing catalog rights in the search box.