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About the Honors Program:

The Department of Economics honors program offers outstanding economics students the opportunity to work closely with an individual faculty member on a specialized research topic of the student’s choice during the senior year. Completing a successful honors thesis is the only way to graduate with honors or highest honors in economics at UNC.

Students writing an honors thesis are required to take ECON 691H in Fall 2017 and ECON 692H in Spring 2018.

During the fall semester, students will find a thesis advisor, develop an economics-related research topic, collect data, and prepare a thesis proposal consisting of the review of literature and theoretical and/or empirical models.

In their spring semester, students whose research proposals are accepted will take ECON 692H. During this course, students will complete their thesis, receiving honors or highest honors status after an oral defense in front of a faculty board. Anyone can browse a list of past Honors theses at the Honors Thesis Archive.

How to apply to the Honors Program:

Students with a 3.5 grade point average in economics courses and 3.5 in all University course work are eligible to apply for this two-course program (ECON 691H and 692H). However, the selected students generally have a higher grade point average than 3.5.

In addition to GPA, we also consider previous economics courses students have taken. It is required to earn high grades in ECON 400 (or a substitute in statistics), ECON410, ECON420, and in at least one 400- or 500-level field course in economics.

Students are encouraged to take ECON 470 Econometrics before their senior year, though can still qualify for the honors program by taking it in the Fall of their senior year. In 2018/19 Econ 570 can be used to meet the Econ 470 requirement. Familiarity with and access to a statistical analysis program such as STATA is also highly recommended.

If you would like to be considered for the Honors Program in your senior year, please fill out the application form. The deadline for submission is April 13, 2020. For questions, contact Jane Cooley Fruehwirth.