Study Abroad Course List

Introduction: This course list is to help plan your study abroad program. The courses on the list have been approved by the Vice Chair of the Economics Department in the past 4 years. Courses not on the list require additional documentation for review.


  1. Check the list for courses that have been pre-approved by the UC San Diego Department of Economics (updated yearly).
  2. List all courses you plan to take on your Academic Planning Form (APF) for review and prescreening.
  3. If a course(s) is not in the list, please submit course description(s), with your APF, for review.
    1. Please note: review process can take between 5-10 business days.
  4. Be sure to save the syllabi and course work for ALL classes, whether or not they have been pre-approved. VC Famulari reviews ALL coursework to determine
    1. whether the class should stay on our pre-approved list.
    2. whether the class should be added to our pre-approved list.

Disclaimer: Failure to prescreen courses not on list may result in no major or minor credit for these courses.

Key: (VC Famulari will use this language to review the courses presented)

  • Yes – course approved as credit.
    • VC Famulari will indicate how course will be accepted. Example: “ECON 1” or “UD Econ Elective”
  • No – course not approved for economics credit
  • Need more info – if you still plan to take the course, VC Famulari recommends providing her with the syllabus as soon as possible.

Muir Musical 2020-2021 Seeking a Finance Director!

Muir Musical is looking for a Finance Director to work with our administrative team for the 2020-2021 school year! This is a great opportunity to work with one of the largest student organizations on campus and help manage a budget of over $40,000. 

Muir Musical’s Finance Director handles the majority of the book-keeping and fund management of the organization. The finance director will work closely with the rest of the administrative team to secure funds for the organization through fundraising and to help with the procurement of supplies in a fiscally responsible way. Because this is an administrative post, the Finance Director position is a year-long commitment. All administrative leads are responsible for attending hour long meetings once or twice a week, with additional meetings as necessary. In addition to these basic requirements, the finance director will need to assist with presentations in Winter quarter for fundraising efforts, they will be responsible for the collection of receipts, and they will assist the production team in managing reimbursements throughout the academic year. 

If this position interests you, or if you have any further questions, please contact us at muir.musical@gmail.com. You can also take a look at our website (muirmusical.com) to learn more about who we are as an org and what’s in store for our 2020-2021 season! If you are interested in applying, please send us an email with a bit about who you are along with your resume. Once we have looked over our applicants, we will be in contact with you to schedule an appointment for an interview. We look forward to working with some of you soon!

Brandes Investment Partners Recruiting for Research Assistants

Brandes Investment Partners, L.P. (“Brandes”) will be conducting video interviews for undergraduates in September and October, for Research Assistant positions. Brandes offers a unique opportunity to work at a value-oriented investment manager with approximately $18.0 billion under management (as of June 30, 2020). Visit the Brandes webiste for more information: https://www.brandes.com/

Chicago Fed Research Department: Research Assistant Positions – An Exciting Job Opportunity For Current Seniors!

The research department at the Chicago Fed is looking to hire a number of research assistants to start in the summer of 2021. This position is structured as a rigorous two-year research assistantship meant to provide empirical and theoretical skills in preparation for graduate school. Most of our RAs enroll in a graduate program upon departure from the Fed.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is committed to attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce. We recognize the benefit derived from different perspectives and experiences, and we look carefully at candidates’ records to identify individuals whose perspectives could benefit our work. As such, we especially encourage submissions from groups traditionally less represented in economics.

The url listed below directs to our RA website that explains the key features of the position. It also provides a direct link to where students can apply for the job.

Research Assistant

Sophomore Internship at New York Fed Research Group

Sophomore internship opportunities available for rising sophomores in the New York Fed’s Research and Statistics Group in the summer of 2021.  Sophomores (graduating in Winter 2022 or Spring 2023) are eligible for the Sophomore Analyst positions.

Analysts play an integral role in the research and policy work of New York Fed economists on topics including macroeconomics, microeconomics, banking and payment systems, capital markets, and international economics. The New York Fed has a highly respected program for full-time Research Analysts who join us for two years after graduating college and then successfully pursue graduate school, private-sector or public-sector positions. Our RAs have consistently been accepted by the very best U.S. graduate programs in economics and finance as well as in law and public policy. Our summer internship program is an excellent opportunity to experience the work of an analyst. We have an established Junior Analyst internship program, many of whom have returned as full-time RAs upon graduation. Today, we are contacting you about the Sophomore Analyst program which was recently created to also offer internship experiences to sophomores.

We seek candidates who have records of strong scholarship and academic curiosity.  Analysts usually have a background in economics, policy, mathematics, or computer science, though a major in one of these fields is not a necessity.  Successful candidates often have an interest in academic research, and many are considering careers in economic research, public policy, public service, or related fields.

We explicitly seek candidates from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly those that are typically underrepresented in the economics profession.  Our programs are at the beginning of the “pipeline” to an economics career so it is important to us that we recruit a diverse cohort of Analysts each year. As a representative of your institution and student body, we ask that you please help us in passing this message along to any candidates you may know who may be otherwise hesitant to apply.

Applications for Sophomore Analyst internships are being accepted now, on a rolling basis, at https://www.newyorkfed.org/careers/student-programs-and-internships/sophomore-career-exploration-program. It is recommended that candidates apply by September 15th.

Research Assistant job at Brookings Institution

The Economic Studies Program at the Brookings Institution is conducting the fall cycle of our annual Research Assistant recruitment. We are seeking to hire approximately six to eight new assistants. Our research assistants are hired for two year appointments, preferably beginning between June 1 and August 1. This is an excellent opportunity for recent graduates!

Applicants will need to submit a cover letter, resume, two letters of recommendation, and a transcript. The application deadline is October 15, 2020.

Read more here: https://www.brookings.edu/join-the-top-ranked-think-tank-for-domestic-economic-policy/


Predoctoral Research Positions at the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics at UChicago

We have posted a new role for Eyal Frank, Assistant Professor at the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC).

The listing can be found here: https://www.epicpredoctoralfellowship.com/epic-predoctoral-fellowship-application-frank-1