Information for Economics Students

The Department of Economics at CSUS is committed to offering majors quality advising on issues related to the Economics degree at CSUS and career opportunities. Below are some useful links, information, and forms for Economics Majors.

Majoring in Economics: Frequently asked questions

If you miss your advising appointment, the next available appointment you can make is one month from the missed appointment.

Advising Begins the 2nd week of the Fall 2014 semester.

If you need help now with choosing your upper division electives - watch this video

Students can set up appointments with undergraduate advisors by signing up in the advising binder in TAH 3028. Advising is not available on a regular basis in between semesters. An appointment is required for advising during the semester.  There are NO WALK-IN advising appointments.

Planning your Economics Major:

Students majoring in Economics need a minimum of 42 units to complete a BA in Economics, with a total minimum of 120 units required for graduation at CSUS. Of the 42 units, 9 are required lower division courses and 15 are required upper division courses and the remaining 18 units (6 courses) are upper division electives. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor and fill out a Major Advising Worksheet. Links to Major Advising Worksheets corresponding to the requirements in the current and previous catalog years are provided below:

2008-2010 Advising Worksheet - fill in

2006-2008 Advising Worksheet

Before you come in for your scheduled advising appointment please have the following ready:

Advising Worksheet reflecting all major-specific courses taken to date.


Read and complete the Reinstatement Guidelines. Please see the Economics Department's policies page for more detail here.

Econ 145 requirements:  You must be a graduating senior to be enrolled in Econ 145.

Planning your Economics Minor:

As specified in the 2002-2004 catalog, students minoring in Economics need to complete a minimum of 21 units. Out of the 21 units, 9 units are lower division Economics units and the remaining 12 must be upper division Economics units. 

Click here for the MINOR PETITION.

Catalog Rights:

Over the years, there have been some changes to the Economics Program at CSUS. Requirements may vary between catalog years in terms of both the Economics BA Program and the total unit requirement for graduation. Please let your advisor know your catalog year. Access online catalog here.


Students must apply for graduation one year in advance of their planned graduation date. Use the form found here.

Graduation applications must be reviewed by an advisor. You need to bring in your completed form to an advisor. After it is signed, take the form to the cashier's office and pay your application fee. After payment of the application fee, you take your Graduation Petition and receipt to the Admissions and Records counter.

Students who have submitted their graduation application but wish to make changes to the upper division electives listed on their application - need to complete a Course Substitution form and have it signed by the Department Chair.  Submit the signed Course Substitution Form to Admissions and Records for processing. 

You can always list your upper division electives that you have yet to take making conditional notations - just to be on the safe side. For example, you may want to take Sports Econ and you list it as your upper division elective only to find later that it's cancelled. If you list Sports Econ - you can also list another upper division elective (with your advisor's consent) on your graduation form. Put under upper division electives to be taken: Sports Econ OR (then list another upper division elective that has been approved by your advisor).  Remember:  You can only list ONE of the following courses to count towards your major: Econ 112, 120, 181, 184 or 189. (You can take any number of these classes, but you can only list ONE on your graduation petition - no exceptions).