UC San Diego SearchMenu

International Studies – Economics

Major Requirements:

Language Requirement

International Studies majors are required to demonstrate basic proficiency in a modern foreign language.  This can be accomplished in one of the following ways:

Lower Division Requirements (6 courses)

All lower division Economics pre-requisite courses must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Calculus (1 year)

  • MATH 10A-B-C or MATH 20A-B-C

Economics

  • ECON 1. Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECON 2. Market Imperfections & Policy
  • ECON 3. Principles of Macroeconomics

Note: These lower division courses are only required for those with an Economics Disciplinary Focus.

International Studies Core Courses (3 courses)

All courses are 4-units, upper division and must be taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Disciplinary Focus (8 courses)

All eight (8) courses must be 4 units, upper division and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

At least one (1) of the eight (8) upper division courses must be selected from the following:

  • ECON 101. International Trade
  • ECON 102. Globalization
  • ECON 103. International Monetary Relations
  • ECON 116. Economic Development

At least one (1) of the remaining seven (7) upper division courses must be selected from the following:

  • ECON 101. International Trade
  • ECON 102. Globalization
  • ECON 103. International Monetary Relations
  • ECON 116. Economic Development
  • ECON 117. Economic Growth
  • ECON 125. Demographic Analysis and Forecasting
  • ECON 131. Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 132. Energy Economics
  • ECON 144. Economics of Conservation
  • ECON 145. Economics of Ocean Resources
  • ECON 162. Economics of Mexico
  • ECON 164. The Indian Economy
  • ECON 165. Middle East Economics
  • ECON 167. Economics of China (by petition)

The remaining six (6) upper division courses must be selected from the following:

  • ECON 100A-B-C. Microeconomics
  • ECON 110A-B. Macroeconomics
  • ECON 120A-B-C. Econometrics
  • ECON 101. International Trade
  • ECON 102. Globalization
  • ECON 103. International Monetary Relations
  • ECON 116. Economic Development
  • ECON 117. Economic Growth
  • ECON 125. Demographic Analysis and Forecasting
  • ECON 131. Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 132. Energy Economics
  • ECON 144. Economics of Conservation
  • ECON 145. Economics of Ocean Resources
  • ECON 162. Economics of Mexico
  • ECON 164. The Indian Economy
  • ECON 165. Middle East Economics
  • ECON 167. Economics of China (by petition)

Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (3 courses)

All three (3) courses must be upper division, 4 units and taken for a letter grade of C- or better.

Courses must be selected from the approved Interdisciplinary Elective Course List.

  • Note: All courses must be selected from departments outside of the Disciplinary Focus department.

Course Pre-requisites: Students are responsible for meeting all departmental pre-requisite courses.  Please refer to the General Catalog for additional information.

Regional Requirement

At least three (3) of the eleven (11) Disciplinary Focus and Interdisciplinary Elective courses must focus on one region.

  • Note: This requirement is an overlap requirement comprised of courses that count for both the Disciplinary Focus or Interdisciplinary Elective courses and the Regional Requirement.
  • Regional Requirement courses may come all from within the Disciplinary Focus, Interdisciplinary Electives, or a combination of the two. Please note, most Economics courses do not focus on one region, so we strongly recommend students plan their Interdisciplinary Electives to overlap with the Regional Requirement.
  • Possible regions include: Africa, East Asia, Europe, Latin America or the Middle East.

International Studies Academic Advising Resources

Additional Resources