The Honors Program in Economics

 

Requirements for Students Matriculating Fall 2005 or Later
(from the Undergraduate Bulletin)

 

The honors program is designed to provide capable and motivated students with a greater understanding of economics and to better prepare students for graduate and professional schools.

Students may apply to the honors program after completing any two of A Eco 300, 301, and 320. To be accepted and to complete the program, the student must have an average of at least 3.40 in all courses applicable to the major and 3.25 in all courses taken at the University. Interested students should see the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies even before completing the required courses, for advice on choosing elective courses and on meeting the other requirements of the honors program.

The honors student must complete all requirements of the B.S. program in economics, including A Eco 499Z (the Senior Honors Research Seminar) as part of the program. In addition, the honors student must submit a senior honors thesis acceptable to the Economics Honors Committee.

A plan for the senior honors thesis normally arises from consultation with faculty concerning a suitable topic and method of inquiry. The student, with advice and consent of the Economics Honors Committee, will choose a faculty adviser who will assist the student in completing the thesis. Work on the thesis may begin in the junior year, but it must be completed while the student is enrolled in A Eco 499Z.

If all requirements stated above are met, the department will recommend that the student be awarded the B.S. degree with honors in economics.

 

Requirements for Students Matriculating Before Fall 2005
(from the Undergraduate Bulletin)

 

The honors program in economics is designed to provide capable and motivated students with a greater understanding of economics and to better prepare students for graduate and professional schools.

To be accepted in the honors program and to remain within that program, the student must have an average of at least 3.50 in all economics courses applicable to the major and 3.25 in all courses taken at the University. Interested students should file an application with the departmental Director of Undergraduate Studies, after admission to the economics major, for advisement on choosing elective courses and meeting the other requirements of the honors program.

The honors student must complete A Eco 499Z as part of the 36 credit hours of courses required for the economics major in the B.A. degree program, or the 41 hours required for the B.S. degree program. An additional 6-8 credit hours in economics and/or other disciplines, as advised, is required to augment economic research skills. Honors students must also submit a senior honors thesis acceptable to the Economics Honors Committee.

By no later than the second month of the senior year, an honors student must submit a thesis proposal to the Economics Honors Committee. The proposal normally arises from consultation with the faculty concerning a suitable topic and method of inquiry. The student, with advice and consent of the Economics Honors Committee, will choose a faculty adviser who will assist the student in completing the thesis. Work on the thesis may begin in the junior year, but must be completed while enrolled in A Eco 499Z, the Senior Honors Research Seminar.

The records of the honors candidate will be reviewed by the Economics Honors Committee prior to the candidate's intended graduation date. If the Committee finds that all requirements stated above have been met, then it shall recommend to the department that the candidate be awarded the appropriate baccalaureate degree with honors in economics.

 

Notes
 

In recent years, the program has been operating on a small scale with individualized attention for each student. Typically, one or two students have graduated with honors in Economics each year.

 

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