Honors & Special Programs

University Honors Scholars

As a University Honors Scholar, you will:

  • Take ECON 4494W, Honors Seminar, preferably in the Spring of your junior year, as background for the senior thesis;
  • Take two graduate courses. This is not as daunting as it seems.  Most 5000-level courses – and even some 6000-level courses – are appropriate for Honors students.  Some students use this requirement to begin taking core Master’s -level courses with an eye to staying on for the MSQE Degree.
  • Write a senior thesis (ECON 4497W) under the supervision of a faculty member, who becomes your thesis advisor. You should choose as a thesis advisor a faculty member who specializes in the area in which you would like to write. Your work in 4494W, as well as your advisor, will help you to develop a specific topic.


Students may enter the University Honors Scholar Program up to the first semester of their junior year. Potential economics majors who are interested should talk to the economics Honors Advisor, Professor Dick Langlois.


Economics Scholar Program

To qualify for the Economics Scholar Program economics students must maintain a major GPA of at least 3.0, complete the honors seminar (ECON 4494W), an honors thesis (ECON 4497W) and successfully complete one graduate level course.  Please complete Economics Scholars Application and submit to the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Dick Langlois.

Students completing the program will need to submit a Final Plan of Study to the Director of Undergraduate Studies during their final semester and upon completion of their honors thesis, turn in the Economics Scholar Thesis Approval form signed by their thesis advisor.

Professor Dick Langlois will be glad to answer further questions about these programs.


Distinguished Majors Program

Students with good grades in undergraduate economics courses may consider taking graduate courses in economics as part of their 24 required credits. See the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor Dick Langlois for more information.