Senior Requirement

There are two ways to satisfy the senior requirement. (In order get into the section of the seminar or thesis you want, here is the description of the registration procedure.)

1. Seminar Option, comprising BC3063 plus an additional upper level elective.

The Senior Seminar is a small (limited to 15) seminar-style course on a specific theme that meets once a week for two hours. Seminars emphasize student presentation and discussion of classic and current articles in economics. The required work will be a major research paper of 20-25 pages, written with revisions over the semester. Your grade will be based on the quality of the research paper and your participation in seminar discussions. Students taking this option should enroll in ECON BC3063.

2. Thesis Option, comprising BC3061-3062.

The Senior Thesis is the final report of a two semester economics research project, planned and carried out by a senior student with the guidance of a faculty adviser. It is an opportunity to apply the skills and knowledge you have acquired in the major to investigate a topic of special interest to you. Many students use their Senior Theses as a bridge to later study and careers. The required work will be a first semester paper as well as the final thesis, plus two oral presentations of your work. Students taking this option should enroll in ECON BC3061 for the first semester and ECON BC3062 for the second semester.

Economics senior seminar and thesis registration procedure:

Updated senior requirement preference forms will be available starting usually toward the end of March for the next academic year.  You can download it from our online forms page.  Rising seniors must submit the completed form to Robert O'Connor in the department office either in person or via email when the exact date is announced, or soon by Google form.  Seminar and thesis sectioning will then begin, although we will continue to accept applications and changes in preferences right up to the 1st day of classes in September. Earlier applications will take precedence over later applications, so obviously we encourage you to submit your applications as soon as you can.

In the meanwhile, students should pre-register for the seminar or thesis section they wish to enter.   Students can then change sections during the fall program filing period in September if they cannot get into their 1st-choice seminar or thesis section. !!!  Major advisers must pay particular attention to advisees registering in seminars or thesis sections during the September program filing period to ensure they follow the sectioning lists which will have been posted on the dept office door and emailed to faculty and rising seniors during the summer, probably in August.