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The 2022-2023 requirements are not yet finalized and are subject to change so long as this notice is in place. While the information presented is generally reliable, you should confirm the information later this summer when requirements are finalized.
Department of Economics

Departmental Honors

Students on Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022 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. Honors candidates must have a College GPA of 3.500 or higher at the time of graduation.
      2. Major GPA. Honors candidates must have a GPA of 3.700 or higher in an Economics major at the time of graduation.
    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. Honors candidates must have a College GPA of 3.500 or higher at the time of graduation.
      2. Major GPA. Honors candidates must have a GPA of 3.700 or higher in an Economics major at the time of graduation.
    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
  3. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    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.

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.