Concentration in Economics

Students must earn a "C" or better in each course taken to fulfill a concentration requirement.


Economics is the structured study of how people make decisions when faced with scarce resources. When aggregated, these individual decisions constitute markets - the key analytical construct in economics. In practice, economics combines analytical and mathematical models with statistical analysis to understand the functioning of markets, to explain market outcomes, and to prescribe mechanisms such as public policy to improve these outcomes.

The economics concentration at the Honors College combines solid theoretical training with necessary analytical tools. The concentration culminates with the Honors Thesis, which allows students to apply their training to a well-defined topic of their choice. Upon completion of the economics concentration at the Honors College, students will be prepared to pursue careers in a variety of fields or to enter graduate school in Economics or related disciplines such as International Studies, Public Policy, Law, and Business. Students interested in an MBA or courses in business may explore the MBA Pathway and Business minor options.


Advisory Board:

Dr. Keith Jakee  |   Dr. Kanybek Nur-tegin  |   Dr. Zachary Ferrara

Concentration in Economics

Students take at least 18 credits of elective courses. Students should choose their elective courses in accordance with their general interests and with their proposed Honors Thesis topic. 3-6 credits of these elective courses must be "Interdisciplinary elective courses" and the remaining 12-15 credits must be upper-division (3000-4000) economics courses. Interdisciplinary elective courses must be (i) relevant to students' Honors thesis topic and (ii) must not be used to satisfy a requirement in the Honors Core (but may be an Honors Core course). Elective courses are listed below. Other courses may be used only with the permission of the concentration advisor. Note that 3 credits of Electives may be non-Honors courses without petition to the Concentration Advisory Board. Also, students are reminded that they need 45 upper-level (3000 or 4000-level) credits to graduate.

Thesis Research and Preparation: The capstone to the economics concentration will be an Honors thesis. Every student will be expected to write a thesis proposal in their junior year under the supervision of an HC faculty member. The thesis will be a year long project and will be written in the senior year.
Restrictions: Students must receive a grade of C or above in all concentration courses.

Minor Concentration in Economics, click here

Course # Course Name Credits
ECO 2023 Honors Microeconomics 3
ECO 2013 Honors Macroeconomics 3
ECO 3101 Honors Intermediate Microeconomics 3
ECO 3203 Honors Intermediate Macroeconomics 3
ECO 4412 Honors Econometrics: Applied Regression Analysis 3
MAC 2311 or 
MAC 1147
Honors Calculus I or 
Honors Pre-Calc, Alegebra and Trig
STA 2023 Honors Introductory Statistics 3
  Elective 21
IDS 4970 Honors Thesis 6
  Total Credits 49
  Economics Electives (12-15 credits)  
Course # Course Name Credits
ECP 4302 Honors Environmental Economics 3
ECS 3013 Honors International Economic Development 3
ECO 4108** Honors Mathematical Economics: 
Advanced Microeconomics
ECP 3451 Honors Law and Economics 3
ECO 3303 Honors History of Economic Thought 3
ECO 4053 Honors Market Process Economics 3
ECO 4223 Honors Money and Financial Markets 3
ECO 4400 Honors Industrial Organization 
and Game Theory
ECO 4531 Honors Public Finance and Public Policy 3
ECO 4532 Honors Modern Political Economy 3
ECO 4932 Honors Behavioral Economics 3
IDS 3932 Honors Investments and Financial Markets 3
IDS 4933 Honors Health Economics and Ethics 3
ECO 4906 Honors Directed 
Independent Study in Economics
ECO 4915 Honors Directed Independent Research in Economics 1-3
ECO 4932 Honors Special Topics 
in Economics (Writing)
FIN 3105 Honors Introduction to Saving, 
Investment and Financial Markets
REE 3005 Honors Fundamentals of Real Estate 3
  Interdisciplinary Electives (3-6 credits)   
Course # Course Name Credits
CPO 3003 Honors Comparative Politics 3
CPO 4305 Honors Latin American Politics 3
EUH 3604 Honors European Intellectual History I 3
EUH 3607 Honors European Intellectual History II 3
EVS 3403 Honors Global Environmental Issues 3
GEO 3144C Hon. Geographic Information Systems 3
IDS 3932 Honors Social Entrepreneurship 3
IDS 3932 Honors Economics & History of Soviet Union 1
INR 2002 Honors Introduction to World Politics 3
INR 3102 Honors American Foreign Policy 3
ISS 4304 Honors Computational Social Science 3
MAS 2103 Honors Matrix Theory 3
PHI 2361 Honors Ways of Knowing 3
POS 2692 Honors Punishment 3
POS 4603 Honors Constitutional Law I 3
POT 3021 Honors History of Political Theory 3
STA 3164 Honors Intermediate Statistics 3


Minor Concentration in Economics
The Economics minor concentration provides students with a background in economic theory and introduces them to a variety of applications in economics the study of individual decision-making and society. A minor concentration in economics could complement any program of study. Students in other concentrations who are ultimately interested in business or law careers should seriously consider a minor concentration in economics (or the  Business Administration Minor option).To complete the economics minor concentration, students complete the following courses totaling 18 credit hours:

ECO 2013 Honors Principles of Macroeconomics (3 credits)
ECO 2023 Honors Principles of Microeconomics (3 credits)
ECO 3101 Honors Intermediate Microeconomics or ECO 3203 Honors Intermediate Macroeconomics (3 credits)
Three additional 3 credit upper level economics courses (9 credits)
Students must have at least a 2.0 grade point average in all the above courses. Note that 12 of the 18 credit hours for the economics minor concentration must be at the 3000 or 4000 level. At least 50% of these upper level credits must be earned in Honors College courses.