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Tepper Senior Honors in Economics FAQ Sheet

  1. What are the advantages to participating in the Honors Program?
  2. Who is eligible to write a Tepper Senior Honors Thesis in Economics?
  3. What is the time commitment associated with the Honors Program?
  4. Is the Tepper Honors Program in Economics an acceptable substitute for the Senior Project Course (73-497)?
     

1. What are the advantages to participating in the Honors Program?

The principle rewards of participating in the Honors Program in Economics are three-fold. First comes the satisfaction of undertaking and completing an original piece of research.  Working independently or with a faculty member to identify a research question and claim ownership of its discovery process is a rewarding experience. Second is the opportunity to challenge yourself intellectually. The third advantage is the opportunity to graduate with Tepper Honors.

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2. Who is eligible to write a Tepper Senior Honors Thesis in Economics?

The following five conditions must be met in order for a student to be considered eligible for the Honors Program:
 

  1. Students who have a primary major or dual degree major in Economics;
  2. Students who are officially classified as a senior by having completed a minimum of 238 units before beginning the year long project; 
  3. Students who have a cumulative QPA of at least a 3.50, and QPA of at least a 3.50 in the required courses for either the B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Economics, B.S. in Economics and Mathematical Sciences, or B.S. in Economics and Statistics; 
  4. Students who have found a faculty member willing to supervise your project and serve in the role as thesis/project advisor. Please note that the only faculty eligible to be advisors are members of the Undergraduate Economics Program or its affiliated faculty.
  5. Students who have successfully passed Econometrics (73-363), Fundamentals of Statistical Modeling (73-407),  or Modern Regression (36-401).

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3. What is the time commitment associated with the Honors Program?

The Honors Program demands a significant amount of a student's time, typically during both Fall and Spring semesters of the senior year. In terms of course load, it is the equivalent of a taking two nine unit courses over two semesters. During the senior year at Carnegie Mellon, students have competing and compelling interests (e.g., course work, applying to graduate school, interviewing for jobs, extra-curricular activities, etc.) that warrant a substantial amount of time. Juniors should carefully consider whether their senior-year obligations will allow them adequate time to participate in the Honors Program.

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4. Is the Tepper Honors Program in Economics an acceptable substitute for the Senior Project Course (73-497)?

The work produced in the Honors Program and the Senior Project Course are both culminations of the undergraduate program. Both courses require students to produce original work and to show a command of the discipline of economics. Therefore, the Honors Program is an acceptable substitute for the Senior Project Course.

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