Honors Track

Senior Thesis Info Session - Spring 2022

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the Undergraduate Economics Honors Program, the student must:

  • Complete Intermediate Micro Theory (Econ 30010), Intermediate Macro Theory (Econ 30020), and Econometrics (Econ 30331) with a minimum grade point average of an A- (3.667).  For example, a B+ (3.333) in Int. Micro, an A- (3.667) in Int. Macro, and an A (4) in Econometrics would satisfy this requirement. 

OR

  • A student can also satisfy the GPA requirement if they have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4 and minimum GPA of an A- (3.667) in Principles of Microeconomics (Econ 10010/20010), Principles of Macroeconomics (Econ10020/20020), Intermediate Micro Theory (Econ 30010), Intermediate Macro Theory (Econ 30020), Statistics for Economists (Econ 30340), and Econometrics (Econ 30331)

It is also recommended that students interested in applying to the program complete at least one 40000-level elective by the end of their junior year to help develop research skills.  For students pursuing the honors track who will graduate in 2023 and on, it is required that you take 5 total electives, with one of these electives being at the 43000 level (i.e., a minimum of three electives - one of which is at the 43000 level - plus the two thesis courses).

Capstone Experience

The capstone experience represents the final requirement for the Undergraduate Economics Honors Program. This experience involves three elements:

  1. Completion with a grade of B+ or higher of the Senior Honors Workshop (Econ 43962) in the Fall semester of the senior year. These credits can be counted as economics electives toward the major and can be used to satisfy the major’s writing intensive requirement.
  2. Completion with a grade B+ or higher of the Senior Honors Thesis (Econ 48600) in the Spring semester of the senior year under the direction or co-direction of an economics faculty member. These credits can be counted as economics electives toward the major and can be used to satisfy the major’s writing intensive requirement.
  3. Participation in all College of Arts and Letters events for departmental honors students.

*For those in the Glynn Family Honors Program, the thesis requirement may be satisfied by the requirement for that program.  For the department of Economics, permission is required from the Director of Undergraduate Studies.

Planning Ahead

In preparation for writing a senior honors thesis, students might want to consider the following:

  1. Taking a 43000 level writing intensive elective in your sophomore or junior year. 
  2. Working as a Research Assistant for a faculty member to get some early exposure to research and acquire research skills and experience
  3.  Applying for funding for data, software, skill acquisition etc. – a key source of support for undergraduate research is ISLA.
  4.  Reviewing the senior honors thesis guidelines

Apply for the honors track