Honors

Honors Program

The Honors program in the Department of Economics can begin in the sophomore year with Economics 96, progress to the junior year with Economics 194S, and conclude with the senior honors thesis in the senior year with Economics 196A-B, which culminates with the honor of “Distinction in the Major”.  This honor is placed on the student’s transcript and diploma upon graduation.

The Senior Honors Program in the Department of Economics consists of Economics 196A-B.  This two-quarter seminar sequence allows a small group of students to work closely with a faculty member and to do independent research in economics with a culminating project at the end of the second quarter.  Students interested in earning the “Distinction in the Major” will also be required to complete Econ 140B.

Access to the 196 series requires the completion of Economics 10A, 100B, 101, and 140A with a 3.50 average GPA, and an overall grade-point average of at least 3.50.  In addition, students in the honors program will be granted access to any graduate level course for which they meet the prerequisite, and will be encouraged to take graduate level courses in place of undergraduate courses.

*Graduating with Distinction in the Major requires a minimum 3.50 average GPA in Econ 140B and 196A-B.

Please read the descriptions of each course here and contact the Undergraduate Advising Office in 2121 North Hall if you are interested in participating in the honors program.

 

Honors Courses

 Econ 96

Prerequisite: Approval by the Department based on performance in Economics 1 and 2.

Course is designed for majors. Usually offered winter and spring quarters.

Small seminar class that gives sophomores interested in pursuing economic research the opportunity to read and discuss selected economics texts and research papers. The objective is to expose students to a wide range of research topics in order to give them a flavor of the research opportunities available.


Econ 194S

Prerequisite: Full major standing and by invitation.  If interested, please see the Undergraduate Advisor

 This class is intended as an introduction to economic research and a possible lead-in to designing and conducting an original research project of your own in next year’s senior honors sequence — Econ 196A and 196B. Class will include presentations on research methods, research ethics, paths to graduate school and short talks by economics faculty and graduate students on research ideas and conduct. There will a couple of short assignments, and the final product will be a brief (2 - 3 page) research proposal to be presented in class.

 

Econ 196A

Prerequisite: 3.5 GPA in Economics 10A, 100B, 101 and 140A.

Usually offered fall quarter.

Students undertake independent research project(s) under the direction of a faculty member. The research results are presented as an honors paper at the end of the second term (196B).

 

Econ 196B

Prerequisite: Economics 196A and concurrent enrollment in ECON 140B.

Usually offered winter quarter.

Students undertake independent research project(s) under direction of a faculty member. The research results are presented as an honors paper at the end of this term.

 

Econ 199

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in the major; 3.0 UD major GPA and 3.0 GPA in preceding 3 quarters; completion of 2 UD courses in economics; consent of instructor and department.

Coursework shall consist of the student’s original academic research supervised by a faculty member. This course is not intended for internships.  No more than 2 units can be earned in any one quarter.

Download the 199 form, to be completed with your faculty advisor, here.

 

Econ 199RA

Prerequisite: Upper-division standing in the major; 3.0 UD major GPA and 3.0 GPA in preceding 3 quarters; completion of 2 UD courses in economics; consent of instructor and department.  Coursework shall consist of faculty supervised research, where the student assists with faculty research.  Units do not count toward the major.No more than 2 units can be earned in any one quarter.

Download the 199 form, to be completed with your faculty advisor, here.

 

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA)

Considering conducting your own research or creative activity? You might want to look into the Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (URCA) grant.  The Office of Undergraduate Education encourages undergraduate students conducting independent research projects or creative activities to apply for funding to support these efforts. The funding for URCA grants comes from university, federal, and private sources and is intended to cover a project’s expenses, including research-related domestic travel.  For more information, stop by 2110 North Hall or email urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu.

 

Faculty Research Assistance Program (FRAP)

If you want to gain research experience while simultaneously earning academic credit, check out FRAP. The Faculty Research Assistance Program allows undergraduates to gain valuable research experience, work with leading UCSB researchers, and simultaneously earn academic credit through special research assistance courses, Econ 199 or 199RA.  Please stop by 2110 North Hall or email urca@ltsc.ucsb.edu for additional information.