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Department of Economics

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2023, Fall 2023, or Spring 2024 requirements ECON-HON

Students pursuing the Bachelor of Arts in Economics have two options for earning departmental honors and should choose either the requirements for Option I or Option II below. Depending upon availability, students seeking an honors diploma are encouraged to take additional 300–400 level courses designated as honors sections.

Requirements

  1. Option I.
    1. GPA Requirements.
      1. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.500 is required.
      2. Major GPA. An Economics major grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.700 is required.
    2. Advanced Courses*. Six (6) credit hours:
      • ECON-E 390 Undergraduate Seminar in Economics
      • ECON-E 392 Seminar in Computational Methods and Econometrics
      • ECON-E 401 Machine Learning for Economic Data
      • ECON-E 402 Computational Methods In Macroeconomics
      • ECON-E 425 Financial Economics
      • ECON-E 427 Seminar in Experimental Economics
      • ECON-E 471 Econometric Theory and Practice I
      • ECON-E 472 Econometric Theory and Practice II
      • ECON-E 490 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar in Economics
      • ECON-E 499 Honors Thesis
    3. Thesis.
      1. Course Requirement. Six (6) credit hours over two (2) consecutive semesters:
        • ECON-E 499 Honors Thesis
      2. Topic Approval. Research topic must be approved by a tenure-track economics faculty mentor and the department’s Director of Undergraduate Studies prior to the beginning of the first semester in which student is enrolled in ECON-E 499.
  2. Option II.
    1. GPA Requirements. Students must have the following at the time of graduation:
      1. College GPA. A College grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.500 is required.
      2. Major GPA. An Economics major grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.700 is required.
    2. Courses.
      1. Intermediate Microeconomic Theory.
        • ECON-S 321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory: Honors
      2. Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory. One (1) course:
        • ECON-S 322 Intermediate Macroeconomic Theory: Honors
      3. Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics. One (1) course:
        • ECON-S 370 Statistical Analysis for Business and Economics: Honors
      4. Econometric Theory and Practice I. One (1) course:
        • ECON-E 471 Econometric Theory and Practice I
      5. Econometric Theory and Practice II. One (1) course:
        • ECON-E 472 Econometric Theory and Practice II
      6. Honors Elective. One (1) course:
        • ECON-E 390 Undergraduate Seminar in Economics
        • ECON-E 392 Seminar in Computational Methods and Econometrics
        • ECON-E 401 Machine Learning for Economic Data
        • ECON-E 402 Computational Methods In Macroeconomics
        • ECON-E 425 Financial Economics
        • ECON-E 427 Seminar in Experimental Economics
        • ECON-E 490 Advanced Undergraduate Seminar in Economics
        • ECON-E 499 Honors Thesis

Exceptions to and substitutions for honors requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.