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 in the second semester, you will enroll in the course.
  • Students are required to have completed at least four upper-division economics courses (including a writing intensive course in economics), two courses in the Statistics sequence, and an Econometrics course (ECON 4211 or ECON 4261) prior to starting your honor thesis.

Enrollment in ECON 4993

Please visit the University Honors Program website for the most accurate information on honors requirements for Economics.