Honors Thesis in Economics

ECON 4993: Directed Study is the capstone experience for honors students pursuing BS, BA-Q or BA degrees in Economics. The thesis project is typically a year-long project undertaken independently, in consultation with a faculty mentor, during your final year of study. The project typically consists of an original research project and report. The nature and scope of the project are determined in consultation with the honors thesis advisor. The honors thesis consists of scholarly work culminating in a written research report and an oral presentation. Occasionally, an honors student completes a comprehensive critical literature review instead.

Getting Started

  • Identify an area of interest through coursework, literature reviews, and discussion with instructors, faculty and/or Economics advisors
  • Schedule a meeting with the honors thesis advisor Professor David Rahman
  • Plan to spend two semesters working on your economics thesis, which is the typical time frame for honors students. The first semester will be planning and researching and the second semester you will enroll in the course.
  • Students are required to have completed at least four upper division economics courses (including writing intensive course in economics), two courses in the Statistics sequence, and an Econometrics course (ECON 4211 or ECON 4261) prior to enrolling in ECON 4993.

Enrollment in ECON 4993

  • Complete Honors Thesis Proposal Form and submit to your UHP advisor. Complete this form at the same time as your Student/Faculty Contract.
  • Enroll in ECON 4993 credits following the steps below:
    • Download the fillable PDF
    • Complete the student information section and save it.
    • Email the contract to your honors thesis advisor (faculty) so they can prepare for the meeting. If you are ready, start a draft of the course information to section to share with your faculty. During the meeting fill out the form together to finalize the details of the course info.
    • Print off a copy of the contract to sign.
    • Ask the honors thesis advisor to sign each copy.
    • Visit the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Economics to obtain her signature.
    • Provide a signed copy of the contract to the Economics advisors at econadv@umn.edu
    • Take the original signed contact to 16 Johnston Hall to receive permission to register for the course. They will verify that the section you are registering for is correct and give you permission, and explain how to register.

Presentation Options

Review the University Honors Program Thesis guidelines. Summa candidates are required to complete a public thesis presentation.

Options for economics honors students include: