Department of Economics

Economics Major Honors Degrees

The Department of Economics offers a particularly rich set of honors courses at all levels of the curriculum. We offer small honors-only sections of all core required courses of the major and a few electives of broad interest, plus designated capstone classes. The requirements for the honors degree in economics are listed below. A suggested curriculum path for an honors economics major is here and a list of typical honors course offerings in economics by semester is here. Please contact Professor Elizabeth Bayley, Undergraduate Program Advisor for the Honors Program in Economics, for more information.

Honors Degree in Economics

The requirements for the Honors Degree in Economics are:

  • All basic requirements for the economics degree elected (B.A. or B.S. in economics) and the honors degree must be completed.
  • At least 12 hours must be earned in honors courses in the Department of Economics. We offer free-standing honors-only sections of ECON101, 103, 301, 303, 308, and 340. Important: ECON301 and 303 (Intermediate Microeconomics and Macroeconomics) must be completed in honors sections. Selected 400-level courses have a substantial honors add-on section.
  • Courses at the 600-level or higher in economics may be considered as honors courses.
  • Honors credit cannot be earned in non-honors classes via an individual "honors-contract" arrangement.

Honors Degree with Distinction in Economics

The requirements for the Honors Degree with Distinction in Economics are:

  • All basic requirements for the Honors Degree in Economics (B.A. or B.S. in Economics) must be completed.
  • An Honors thesis or project (UNIV401/402) including an oral presentation must be successfully completed.
  • The six credits of Honors thesis (UNIV401/402) may count toward the 30 Honors credits required for the Honors degree. UNIV402 fulfills your senior honors capstone requirement.

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