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. The guidelines for Honors are as follows:

  • All economics courses applied to the major have to be taken in the department
  • 180.591-592 Economics Senior Thesis. The thesis may not be counted as one of the five economics electives.
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 for all economics courses
  • A grade point average of at least 3.5 for 180.301-302 and the senior thesis (weighed at 3 credits)

Senior Thesis

The Senior Thesis is required for those who wish to be considered for Departmental Honors and optional for all other seniors. You 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. You should understand that their main task is to help you 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 your task is to find a topic and find a supervisor, and having done this to get a good start on the thesis itself. Professor Gersovitz will help with this. Your task in the spring will be to complete the thesis, under the direction of your personal supervisor.

Download senior thesis requirements (PDF)
Previous senior theses

Student Awards

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.