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 wishing to pursue a senior honors thesis need to do the following:
- One faculty member is listed as the official course instructor. Students should meet with this faculty member early in the fall semester, or much better yet, during spring semester of your junior year. The official course instructor’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. The official course instructor may supervise some theses, but others will be supervised by other members of the department (matching faculty expertise with student topics).
- Ideally, meet with a potential thesis supervisor during spring semester of your junior year. You should discuss this at that time with your academic advisor as well.
- In fall semester of your senior year, you should register for research in Economics (180.521) for two credits. During this semester, you will work with your thesis supervisor to flesh out the research that you 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 your research agenda, making clear that the proposal is feasible and that the topic warrants your research time. This course is worth two credits. Successful completion of the course takes the form either of a viable proposal which you 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 you produce a viable senior-thesis proposal in the fall while taking Research in Economics, you will register for 180.522 Senior Honors Thesis during spring semester. You will receive three credits upon successful completion of your senior honors thesis. This will be carried out under the direct supervision of the thesis supervisor with whom you worked in the fall semester.
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.