How to Declare a Major

Applications are accepted throughout the year during the spring, summer and fall semesters.

To be eligible to declare students must:

  • have completed the online Major Declaration Workshop.
  • have completed the Political Economy Major Declaration Form.
  • have completed GLOBAL 45 with a grade of B- or better on the 1st attempt. (GLOBAL 45 may not be repeated to achieve a grade of B- or better).
  • have completed Econ 1 or 2 with a grade of C or better (Econ 1 or 2 may be repeated only once to achieve a grade of C or better.) or completed the equivalent at another college or received AP scores of 4 or 5 on BOTH the micro-economics AND macro-economics exams.
  • schedule an appointment through CalCentral to meet with a Political Economy Advisor.
  • not be in their final semester of undergraduate work.

Additionally, students are encouraged – but not required – to complete two semesters of college-level foreign language or the equivalent before applying to the major.

For complete information on declaring PE, please consult the PE Requirements & Policies booklet

Political Economy Major Map

How to Declare a Major

The Berkeley Economy & Society Initiative (BESI)