The Economics Department

Academic Advising

Welcome!  Why Economics? Check out what the American Economic Association has to say about what economics is and what your future career can be.

Here is the latest information about declaring the Economics major, getting ready for summer/fall registration, helpful handouts, and our advising services.

Internal Transfer Information

Are you a current UT Austin student interested in declaring the Economics major? Please read through the following steps to get started!

Step One: 

Take some time to review some of our online resources to learn more about the Economics major before you commit to coming to an info session: 

Step Two:

Still interested?  Then RSVP for a REQUIRED Internal Transfer Information Session!

During the fall 2015 semester, students interested in declaring the Economics major will be REQUIRED to attend an internal transfer information session. Attending a session will allow students to declare*, as well as to schedule an individual advising appointment with economics advisors in the future.

RSVP is REQUIRED, and space is limited. Please click the link of the desired date below to submit your RSVP. The advising staff prepares personalized advising information for each participant, so the following rules apply: Students may only RSVP for one session, and students who fail to attend a session they RSVP for (without cancelling 48 hours in advance) will be blocked from attending an information session until the beginning of the spring 2016 semester. A paper waitlist for full sessions will be available at the Economics Advising Office front desk in BRB 1.114.

Students who do not RSVP will NOT be allowed to attend internal transfer info sessions, as advising materials will not be prepared for them.

Fall 2015 Internal Transfer Information Session Dates and RSVP Links:

(each link will be activated two weeks before the session, and closed when capacity is reached)

Wednesday, September 9th from 4:00-5:00pm (session full)

Tuesday, September 22nd from 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday, October 1st from 12:45-1:45pm

Wednesday, October 14th from 4:00-5:00pm

Thursday, October 22nd from 8:00-9:00am

Thursday, November 12th from 4:00-5:00pm

Monday, November 23rd from 12:45-1:45pm

Wednesday, December 2nd from 9:30-10:30am

Tuesday, December 15th from 12:45-1:45pm

Friday, December 18th from 1:30-2:30pm

*Students who may experience delay in timely graduation by declaring economics will be required to meet with an advisor after the info session to come up with a graduation plan before declaring.

Current/continuing UT students interested in declaring the Economics major during summer 2015 may do so by meeting individually with an economics advisor, as info sessions are not offered during the summer. Please call our office to schedule an appointment: 512-471-2973. Appointments for new majors will be available through August 14th.  

Note that incoming freshmen and transfer students are not allowed to change majors during orientation; incoming students interested in declaring the Economics major will be able to declare after classes start in the fall semester. 

Helpful Handouts for Registration

Courses to Consider:

  • L A 101L Liberal Arts Major in the Workplace: Interested in receiving 1-credit for planning for your future or researching career opportunities? The Liberal Arts Major in the Workplace career course can help you develop your social media platform, identify your career interests, prepare your resume and cover letter, practice interviewing, and plan for your future! This course is recommended for juniors and seniors seeking to identify their career interests and/or ready to begin the job and internship search process. See details here.
  • STA 372.5 Financial & Econometric Time Series Modeling.  See attached course description. If you have not had one of the pre-requisite courses listed, please contact Tom Shively directly via e-mail ( about whether a previous statistics course meets the pre-requisite requirement.
  • BGS 370 Ethic, Corporate Social Responsiblity, & Service Learning

  • MKT 372 Business Ethics & Social Responsibility 

  • GOV 312L Washington Campus: Restricted to students in The Washington Campus program. The class will meet 6-9 pm Wednesdays, March 18, April 1, 15, and 29. Mandatory trip May 25-29 taught it Washington, DC. Additional program fee of $1,200 charged for this section; contact the departmental program coordinator for more information.

Prerequisite Waivers for Economics Courses

Students must have all prerequisites completed before gaining access to register for any economics coursework. Students waiting for their completed prerequisite credit to be posted on their UT record may request a Prerequisite Waiver from the Economics Advising Office in BRB 1.114. 

Students typically need a Prerequisite Waiver for these situations:

  • Pending transfer coursework: Students who have completed prerequisites outside of UT may obtain a prerequisite waiver while waiting for their official transcripts to be processed to gain registration access to economics courses by showing proof of completion in the Economics Advising Office. Examples of acceptable proof of completion include: an unofficial transcript from the transfer institution or a copy of your grade report. 
    • Additionally, send transcripts to UT Admissions to ensure all credit is posted to your official record.  Click here for details.
  • Pending credit-by-exam: Students who have credit-by-exam available for prerequisite coursework, but are waiting to officially claim it, may obtain a prerequisite waiver by speaking with the Economics Advising Staff. 
    • Or, claim credit on the Student Testing Services website here.
  • Odd calculus sequence: The registration system does not recognize certain combinations of calculus credit (M408C & M408L, M408N & M408S, etc.) even though these combinations are perfectly acceptable for fulfilling the calculus degree requirement.
  • Summer sessions: The registration system does not recognize the difference between summer sessions. Therefore, if you are taking a course during summer session one and it is the prerequisite for a course you plan to take during the second summer session you will need a prerequisite waiver.

Online ECO Waitlists Available Starting Friday 5/1

Online Waitlists:  Online waitlists for all ECO classes will be 'activated' on FRIDAY, May 1st around 8:00am.  They will be available the rest of that day and then during the summer and fall add/drop periods. 

  • Go to the See My Waitlists page to check your status on the waitlist and make sure there are no errors preventing you from being added to the class.
  • Questions about waitlists or restrictions for courses in other departments should be directed towards that department's advising office.  See department contact information by clicking the unique number on the course schedule and then 'see department headnote'.

ECO Paper Waitlist
: The online waitlists for fall 2015 classes will be active through Monday, August 31st.  Starting Tuesday, September 1st at 8:00am, our advising office will begin a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED paper list for certain ECO courses to continue the waitlist process.  Check back later for more details.

Advising Sign In

Our office provides a variety of advising services throughout the year. We offer both appointment and walk-in advising at select times depending on what you would like to discuss. Please stop by or call our office to find out about our upcoming walk-in hours or to schedule an appointment. When visiting our office, please bring your UT ID card so that you can swipe-in at our reception desk. The first available advisor will meet with you. If you prefer to meet with a specific advisor, you may request them.

Web resources-- For the most updated information about department events, registration information, internship/employment, and other opportunities for economics majors visit us online: on Facebook, on our blog, and on our Twitter page.

Just have a quick question? Or need help with a registration issue? Our front desk staff can help-- no need to wait to see an advisor! Just let them know what you need and they will help you, or set you up to see an advisor if necessary.

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Advising Services

General Advising, Registration Advising, Strategic Advising, Success Advising, New/Prospective Major Advising

General Advising is open to anyone, on a walk-in basis, and includes everything from answering quick questions to helping you sort out a problem. General Advising is available year-round but may be limited during the Registration Advising period and in the first twelve class days of the semester.

Registration Advising sessions are quick (20 minutes or less) meetings to review your degree audit and discuss your courses for the coming semester -- by appointment starting a few weeks before registration (economics majors will be notified by email). Registration Advising is NOT required for economics majors unless they are new to the major or are on scholastic probation. If you would like to see an advisor, please call our office for an appointment. Please come to your appointment prepared to ask questions and take notes. These are brief sessions focusing on the upcoming semester only (for long-term planning see Strategic Advising).

You can prepare for registration on your own by taking the following steps:

  • Check your registration times and see if you have any registration bars on your Registration Information Sheet.
  • Review your degree audit to see what requirements you still need to satisfy.
  • See the course schedule online for course options.
  • If you just need help with a registration issue, like accessing a class, our reception desk staff can help you-- no appointment is necessary.

Strategic Advising is open to all economics majors, by appointment, year-round except during Registration Advising periods and the first 12 class days of each semester. In Strategic Advising sessions, an advisor works with you to develop a plan to graduation--incorporating course selection, extracurricular opportunities, and university programs and services--tailored to your academic/career interests and goals. Advising sessions take approximately 45 minutes. Please contact our office to make an appointment. All Economics majors are encouraged to participate in at least one Strategic Advising session. The best time to schedule a Strategic Advising session is during sophomore year.

Success Advising is required for economics majors who have fallen below a 2.0 cumulative GPA and have been placed on scholastic probation. Students will be notified by the College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office of their probationary status and will be directed to make an appointment with their advisor. If you are on scholastic probation you will have a registration bar on your record and will need to meet with an advisor in our office to get it cleared. Contact our office for an appointment. In Success Advising sessions, your advisor explains the terms for getting off scholastic probation and/or avoiding scholastic dismissal, and discusses with you strategies/services for improving academic performance. The session takes approximately 20 minutes.

Prospective Major Advising is available for individuals who have attended an internal transfer session. We are happy to answer follow-up questions about our program either by phone, email, or in-person by appointment. See also the "Prospective Student" link and the other Undergraduate links in the column to the left.

Undergraduate Advising

Location: BRB 1.114
Phone: 512-471-2973
General questions: email
Hours of operation:
Monday-Friday from
8:30am - 4:30pm
Closed daily from
12:00pm - 1:00pm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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Jana Cole
Advising Coordinator
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Jinane Sounny-Slitine, LMSW
Senior Academic Advisor
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Holly Smith, M.S.Ed.
Associate Academic Advisor
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                                                                                                                       Erin Lucas
Student Development Specialist
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Elizabeth Park
Student Associate
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Destiny Rodriguez
Student Associate
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