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 180.521-522 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).
Graduates Earning Departmental Honors
The senior thesis is required for those who wish to be considered for departmental honors and optional for all other seniors. Students wishing to pursue a senior honors thesis need to do the following:
- They should discuss their interest of pursuing senior thesis with their academic advisor and narrow down possible topics and thesis supervisors by spring semester of their junior year. They should meet with their potential thesis supervisor by spring semester of their junior year as well.
- In fall semester of senior year, the student should register for Research in Economics (AS 180.521) for two credits. During this semester, they will work with their thesis supervisor to flesh out the research that they intend to complete in the spring. If successful, this semester’s work will culminate in a formal senior thesis proposal. The proposal should lay out the student’s research agenda, making clear that the proposal is feasible and that the topic warrants the research time. This course is worth two credits. Successful completion of the course takes the form either of a viable proposal that the student will pursue in the spring or demonstration of a serious good-faith effort and a decision not to proceed with the senior thesis in the spring.
- If the student produces a viable senior-thesis proposal in the fall while taking Research in Economics, they will register for AS 180.522 Senior Thesis during the spring semester. They will receive three credits upon successful completion of their senior thesis. This will be carried out under the direct supervision of the thesis supervisor with whom the student has worked in the fall semester.
- Students are strongly encouraged to present their senior thesis in a session organized by EPIC at the end of the spring semester. Please contact Dr. Barbara Morgan (email@example.com) to schedule presentations of senior thesis.
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.
Max Hochschild Awardees
|2020-2021||Emma KurtzFreilich and Serena Goldberg|
|2011-2012||Laura Elsener, Timothy McCarty|
|2010-2011||Maura Anne Coughlin|
|2006-2007||Jason Patrick Imbrogno|
|2005-2006||Lisa Goldstein, Travis Crum|
|2004-2005||Seth Michael Freedman|
|2003-2004||Chang Eun Jung|
|2002-2003||Pamela Pen-Erh Pei|
|2001-2002||Joshua David Lustig|
|1999-2000||Brian A. Selmo|
|1997-1998||Bernard Chung-Ming Lee, Sang Hyun Lee|
|1995-1996||Boris Gutin, Nathan Hebel|
|1984-1985||Thomas Hyonsu Park|