College Requirements for Honors in Major Study

Registrar's Office Honors Guidelines and the Honors Candidacy Form.

Economics Department Guidelines for Honors in Major Study
In addition to the College guidelines, the Economics Department offers the following timetable for all Economics honors candidates who intend to graduate in May. Economics honors candidates include Economics majors and Economics-Mathematics majors who choose to write an Economics thesis. Some adjustment of the guidelines would be required for Economics-Environmental Studies honors candidates:

  1. During the junior year Choose a topic, discuss your ideas with faculty members and arrange for a thesis advisor. Students planning to pursue honors in Economics or an Economics-related combined major are strongly encouraged to complete most of the coursework in Economics, including Econ 327 (Introduction to Econometrics), in preparation for the thesis.
  2. During the summer following the junior year Commence work on the thesis. At a minimum have a complete Literature Review (or Theoretical Background) section by the first day of the following fall semester.
  3. During the first six weeks of the fall semester of the senior year -Candidates work with their advisor(s) to fashion a thesis proposal for submission to the Economics Department.
  4. By the first week of October--Submit an application for Admission to Candidacy for Honors in Major Study with the accompanying thesis proposal to the Economics Department Chair. The thesis advisor and/or Economics Department may require revision of the proposal before granting approval and signing the "Honors in Major Study Application" form.
  5. During preregistration for the spring semester--Economics candidates pre-register for 4 credits of Econ 498, and Econ-Environmental Studies candidates pre-register for 3 credits of Econ 498 and 1 credit of EnvS 498.
  6. By the end of February Submit the completed first draft to your thesis advisor(s).
  7. By the first week of April, submit the preliminary final draft to all members of the thesis defense committee and schedule a thesis defense to take place by mid-April. For Economics honors candidates the committee consists of all members of the Economics department. For Economics-Environmental Studies honors candidates the committee includes at least two members of the Economics department and at least one faculty member from the Environmental Studies program.
  8. Deliver the final draft to the Library within two weeks of the defense, and no later than the Registrar's deadline.