Dear Honors College students,


Below you will find information on how to coordinate your capstone project with your major requirements. We have made every effort to keep this information accurate and up to date. However, you should always discuss your course choices and schedule with your major advisor to verify that you are on track to complete all of your major requirements on schedule.


Major name:



DUGS Name & Contact Information:

Evelyn Lehrer

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Studies



Students working on their Honors Capstone project can enroll in the following course(s):

Course number

Course Name

Number of Hours

Required for major

Elective in major

Required to earn highest distinction

When to enroll

ECON 399

Independent Study in Economics





One or two semesters


Requirements for Departmental Distinction:

To be considered for Departmental Distinction, students majoring in Economics must meet the following criteria:


Distinction: 3.25 overall GPA and 3.25 Econ GPA

High Distinction: 3.50 overall GPA and 3.50 Econ GPA

Highest Distinction: 3.75 overall GPA and 3.75 Econ GPA; completion of thesis via registration for Econ 399 during one or two semesters.



Students who would like to get involved with research projects of the faculty, or work on their own projects with faculty supervision, are encouraged to begin by reviewingthe faculty vitae, which may be found at :


The mini-vitae and extended faculty websites therein provide information on the research interests and projects of the various faculty members.Students are likely to find some of these areas to be exciting and close to their own interests.Ideally, students would go on from there to take 200 and/ or 300 level courses taught by those professors.


In the past we have found that students who do this, and also excel in the course, participate actively in class discussions, and talk to the professor informally after class, pave the wayfor possible future work with the professor.This might take the form of involvement in a research project of the faculty member, and/ or enrollment in an ECON 399 course under the professorís supervision.