Majors, minors + certificates

Departmental HonorsDepartment of Economics

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements.

Description

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.

Honors requirements

  1. Option I.
    1. GPA Requirements. Students must have the following at the time of graduation:
      • College GPA of 3.500 or higher
      • Major GAP of 3.700 or higher
    2. Advanced Courses*. At least 6 credit hours in courses chosen from ECON-E 390 through ECON-E 490.
    3. Thesis.
      • Course Requirement. Complete the following course for a total of six (6) credit hours:
        • P: ECON-E 322 or ECON-S 322; and ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370; Economics majors or interdepartmental major (ECON/POLS or ECON/MATH); minimum 3.300 economics GPA. Additional prerequisites may be required by the faculty mentor. Honors course; A maximum of 3 credit hours in ECON-E 499 may count toward the major in economics. Honors thesis research by special arrangement with an economics faculty mentor and the director of undergraduate studies. (3 credit hours.)
      • Additional Information. See the .
        • Honors thesis research topics must be approved by a tenure track economics faculty mentor and the Department's Director of Undergraduate Studies.
        • The thesis topic must be approved prior to the beginning of the semester in which the Thesis course enrollment occurs.
        • It is expected that the 6 hours of the Thesis course will be distributed over two consecutive semesters to allow for the development of the research proposal, study design, and completion of the final thesis project.
  2. Option II.
    • GPA Requirements. Students must have the following at the time of graduation:
      • College GPA of 3.500 or higher
      • Major GAP of 3.700 or higher
    • Courses.
      • Honors Courses. Each of the following**:
        • P: ECON-E 201 or ECON-S 201; MATH-M 119 or equivalent, or higher level calculus course; Honors student. Designed for students of superior ability. Covers same core material as ECON-E 321 and substitutes for ECON-E 321 as a prerequisite for other courses. Credit given for only one of ECON-E 321 or ECON-S 321. (3 credit hours.)
        • P: ECON-E 202 or ECON-S 202 and ECON-E 321 or ECON-S 321; Honors student. Designed for students of superior ability. Covers same core material as ECON-E 322 and substitutes for ECON-E 322 as a prerequisite for other courses. Credit given for only one of ECON-S 322 or ECON-E 322. (3 credit hours.)
        • P: ECON-E 201 or ECON-S 201; and MATH-M 118 or consent of instructor; Honors student. R: MATH-M 119 and ECON-E 202 or ECON-S 202. Honors course. Designed for students of superior ability. Covers same core material as ECON-E 370 and substitutes for ECON-E 370 as a prerequisite for other courses. Credit given for only one of ECON-E 370 or ECON-S 370; ANTH-A 306; CJUS-K 300; MATH-K 300 or MATH-K 310; POLS-Y 395; PSY-K 300 or PSY-K 310; SOC-S 371; STAT-K 310, STAT-S 300, STAT-S 301, or STAT-S 303; or SPEA-K 300. (3 credit hours.)
      • Additional Courses*. Each of the following:
        • P: ECON-E 370, ECON-S 370, or MATH-M 365; and MATH-M 301, MATH-M 303, or MATH-S 303; and MATH-M 311 or MATH-S 311. Only 9 credit hours from ECON-E 371, ECON-S 371, ECON-E 471, and ECON-E 472 may be counted toward a major in economics. Emphasis is on the classical linear regression model and its applications. Special topics include finite and asymptotic properties of least squares, hypothesis testing, model specification, dummy variables, proxies, multicollinearity and heteroscedasticity. (3 credit hours.)
        • P: ECON-E 471. Only 9 credit hours from ECON-E 371, ECON-S 371, ECON-E 471, and ECON-E 472 may be counted toward a major in economics. Emphasizes extensions of the classical linear-regression model such as: limited dependent variables, instrumental variables, stationary and nonstationary data, fixed-effect and random-effect models, multiple-equation models, censored regression, and sample selection. (3 credit hours.)
        • One (1) additional courses selected from ECON-E 390 through ECON-E 490
  3. GPA, Minimum Grade, and Other Requirements. Each of the following:
    1. Students must have a College GPA of 3.300 or higher to qualify for admission to a Departmental Honors program and to receive Departmental Honors. Units may set a higher College GPA.
    2. Units establish additional criteria, including admissions procedures, academic performance standards, and whether there are required courses, papers, or projects.
    3. Students who wish to earn honors in two different units must complete a distinct body of work for each honors notation.

Notes

  • * Depending upon availability, students seeking an honors diploma are encouraged to take additional 300–400 level courses designated as honors sections.
  • ** ECON-E 321, ECON-E 322, and ECON-E 370 will be considered as a substitute for honors sections only in exceptional circumstances.