There are two types of honors for undergraduates: Latin honors (summa, magna, cum laude) are determined by the College and English honors (highest honors, high honors, honors) are determined by departments.
Concentrators wishing to pursue honors in economics have two options: the Thesis Track and the Advanced Course Track (ACT). To be eligible for high or highest honors in economics, a student must successfully complete the Thesis Track. Concentrators who pursue the ACT are eligible for honors in economics. The specific honors requirements are discussed in our concentration requirements.
To be eligible for summa cum laude or magna cum laude from the College, students must receive high or highest honors from their concentration. Students with honors from their concentration are eligible for cum laude from the College (called Cum Laude in Field below). Students without honors from their concentration may still earn cum laude from the College if their overall GPA meets the overall GPA cutoff for magna cum laude (called Cum Laude below). If you understood all of that, congratulations! For more info, come have a chat with your concentration advisor.
Honors General Exam
All economics concentrators wishing to be considered for honors must take the economics honors general exam.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The 2020 Economics Honors General Exam is Wednesday, April 8, 2020, 3-6pm!
No calculators will be allowed (or needed) at the exam.
For Review Sessions, OH, and Exam Prep Visit the Honors Exam Review Canvas Site https://canvas.harvard.edu/courses/32866
This site contains review session videos and slides as well as exams and answer keys from previous years. It is a wealth of study material (and all you need besides this year's review sessions and office hours) to prepare.
Calculation of Honors
English honors: Ec GPA cutoffs and other info on calculating Department honors.
Latin honors: the following overall GPA cutoffs were established by the Faculty for awarding degrees Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude in Field for the May 2019 degree period.
2019 Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.941
Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.846
Cum Laude in Field: 3.623
Cum Laude: 3.846
Latin honors cutoffs from past years:
2018 Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.947
Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.844
Cum Laude in Field: 3.620
Cum Laude: 3.844
2017 Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.810
Cum Laude in Field: 3.571
Cum Laude: 3.810
2016 Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.794
Cum Laude in Field: 3.538
Cum Laude: 3.794
2015 Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.772
Cum Laude in Field: 3.525
Cum Laude: 3.772
2014 Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.769
Cum Laude in Field: 3.511
Cum Laude: 3.769