Honors and Awards
Honors in the Major
Graduating economics majors who have compiled outstanding academic records at Hopkins are awarded Honors in Economics. Note of the honor appears in the Commencement program and on the student’s final transcript. To receive honors, students must have:
- Taken all economics courses applied to the major within the Economics Department.
- Taken 180.591-592 Economics Senior Thesis. The thesis may not be counted as one of the five economics electives.
- A GPA of at least 3.5 for all economics courses.
- A GPA of at least 3.5 for 180.301-302 and the senior thesis (weighed at 3 credits).
The senior thesis is required for those who wish to be considered for departmental honors and optional for all other seniors. Students are to register for the course in both fall and spring semesters. For fall semester there are no credits; for spring semester (when the thesis is completed) there are 5 credits.
One faculty member is listed as the official course instructor. Students should meet with this faculty member early in the fall semester. The faculty member’s main task is to help students sort through topics and find a specific thesis supervisor — almost always a regular faculty member in the Department of Economics. Professor Gersovitz may supervise some theses, but others will be supervised by other members of the department (matching faculty expertise with student topics).
In the fall semester, students should find a topic and a supervisor and then get a good start on the thesis itself. Professor Gersovitz will help with this. In the spring, students should complete the thesis, under the direction of their personal supervisor.
Max Hochschild Award
This award goes to a graduating senior with exceptional academic performance and proficiency in economics. The department issues this award to up to two outstanding students each year.