Economics majors with a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall, and 3.3 in economics, may graduate with “Honors in Economics” by satisfying the research requirement of Economics 298. It is helpful to take the 1.5-hour “Preparing for Economic Research” course (297) in the fall of your senior year. This helps one to “hit the ground running” in the spring term. Otherwise you may lose time trying to find a good topic.
The main benefit from doing honors is that it is independent research, done in conjunction with faculty advice. By getting out of the routine course format, you will discover an entirely new way of learning and also learn a lot about yourself (e.g., Do I have the drive and sense of direction to design and carry out independent work?).
HONORS IN ECONOMICS 2013
Audrey Loeys – “To Invest at Home or Abroad? How Equity and Bond Home Bias Vary Across Countries and Time”
Travis LaHue – “Who’s Afraid of an Oil Shock? An Analysis of the Impact of an Oil Price Shock on the U.S. Economy”
Amanda Satterwhite – “Economic Development: Examining Aid by Sector”
Caitlin Dourney – “The Effect of Crude Oil Prices on the S&P 500”
Blake Taylor –“ Why Subjective Well-Being Remained Constant, 1970 – 2010”
Janna Raley –“Worshiping False Idols? A Study of Nonmarket Valuation Techniques”