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 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 42-45 units to complete a BA in Economics, with a total minimum of 120 units required for graduation at CSUS. Of the 45 units, 12 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:

2015 Advising Worksheet - fill in

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 lower division units maximum are allowed 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. You may now apply to graduate through your Student Center.

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 or keep it generic.  For example if you need 3 upper division electives and Econ 145 - you would put that in the comments section when you submit your graduation petition online. 

Remember:  You can only count ONE of the following courses 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).