The Robert Day School of Economics and Finance

Economics: Senior Thesis in Economics

The senior thesis is a general education requirement and the capstone experience of a student's undergraduate education. Students must complete a senior thesis in at least one of their majors under supervision of a faculty reader who teaches within that major, unless granted a special exception.

All students majoring in economics are encouraged to take Economics 180. Seminar in Research Methods, a one-half credit course preparing students for a senior thesis in economics, either in the semester before they register for senior thesis or concurrently with the senior thesis. Students pursuing honors in economics are required to take Economics 180, but need only register for a one-semester thesis. For a two-semester project, students register for a thesis research course in economics in the first semester and for the senior thesis in the second semester. The senior thesis and the research course may not be counted as courses in the major.