The Honors and High Honors Options in Economics
Honors in Economics
The Economics Department has two honors programs: Honors in Economics and High Honors in Economics. Honors in Economics is awarded to economics majors who maintain a 3.5 average or better in all economics and business courses. There is no formal application for honors in economics. Earning honors depends solely on grades.
The High Honors Option in Economics
High Honors in Economics has the same grade requirement as honors in economics, which is to maintain a 3.5 average or better in all economics and business courses, but high honors also requires that students take the honors seminar, ECO 392W, in which they will write a senior thesis, which must be reviewed by a committee.
To Apply for High Honors: It is the student's responsibility to notify the chairperson that he/she wishes to be considered for high honors in Economics/BBA. The deadline for applying is May 1 for the Spring semester and December 1 for the Fall semester.
Timing: ECO 392W may not be taken until Economics ECO 205 or 225, Eco 382 or Bus 384, and two of the following three courses--ECO 206 or 226, 215, 227--have been taken, so students interested in this option should plan ahead.
Recognition and Letters of Commendation and Recommendation: In recognition of their achievements in this option, all students successfully completing the requirements of the Honors Option shall receive a Department Letter of Commendation, designation of "High Honors" on their transcript, and a certificate awarding "High Honors in Economics" from the Department. In addition, if so desired by the student, the Honors Option Director will write a letter of recommendation describing the program and the student's work and achievements to graduate schools and potential employers.