Honors Majors & Minors

Applicants for an honors major should have satisfied all of the requirements for an Economics course major and, in addition, should have a straight B or better grade average in Economics courses. This condition includes the grade equivalent(s) for any course(s) taken Credit/No Credit.

Applicants for an honors minor should have satisfied all of the requirements for acceptance as an Economics course major and, in addition, should have a straight B or better grade average in Economics courses.  This condition includes the grade equivalent(s) for any course(s) taken Credit/No Credit.   While minors are not required to complete a specific number of Economics courses, they must satisfy all the prerequisites for their honors preparation.

Typically, a student who wants to major in the honors program first applies for the program through the sophomore paper. In the sophomore paper, the student should indicate the intention to apply for the honors program and should list all preparations that s/he plans to take as part of that program. The student would usually take at least one preparation in the junior year. Approval of a student's honors program must be granted by the department. Changes of major and/or honors status can be made at any time by picking up forms and instructions in the Registrar's office.

Honors majors in Economics must take 3 preparations, and honors minors must take 1 preparation. All preparations in Economics consist of 2 credits. Most preparations involve taking a 2 credit seminar, but some preparations may combine a course and a 1 credit seminar. A complete list of preparations, with their prerequisites, appears below.

Examiners will determine a student's Honors performance in an individual preparation based on a 3 hour written exam, the seminar paper that they receive, and an oral exam.

Honors Preparations:

ECON 101 Advanced Microeconomics (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011 and multivariable calculus (MATH 033, 034 or 035)

ECON 102 Advanced Macroeconomics (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011 and ECON 021,
And multivariable calculus (MATH 033, 034 or 035, or MATH 023 with permission of the instructor)
Recommended:MATH 043 or 044.

ECON 122 Financial Economics (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011, ECON 031 or ECON 035, and MATH 023 or higher calculus.

ECON 135 Advanced Econometrics (1 credit) and ECON 035 Econometrics (1 credit)

Prerequisite:ECON 035 and linear algebra (Math 027, 028, or 028S)

ECON 141 Public Economics (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011
Recommended:ECON 021 and ECON 031 (or its equivalent).

ECON 151 International Economics (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011 and ECON 021.

ECON 171 Labor and Social Economics (2 credits)

Recommended:ECON 011.

ECON 181 Economic Development (2 credits)

Prerequisite:ECON 011 and ECON 021
 Recommended:ECON 031 (or its equivalent).