Honors Program

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

    The 2022 Ec Honors Exam will be given 12pm April 7 - 12pm April 8, 2022. Students have 24 hours to complete the written exam.

    All economics concentrators wishing to be considered for honors must take the economics honors general exam. Please see the Honors Canvas Site for information, historic exam materials, and former review sessions. 

    Calculation of Honors

    English honors: Economics GPA cutoffs and other information on calculating Department honors.

    Latin honors: the following overall GPA cutoffs were established by the Faculty for awarding degrees Summa Cum LaudeMagna Cum Laude, and Cum Laude in Field for the May 2021 degree period.  

    Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.976
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.909
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.757
    Cum Laude: 3.911
    Latin honors cutoffs from past years:
    Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.97
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.898
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.736
    Cum Laude: 3.898 
    Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.956
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.853
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.655
    Cum Laude: 3.853 
    Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.941
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.846
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.623
    Cum Laude: 3.846
    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
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.810
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.571
    Cum Laude: 3.810
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.794
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.538
    Cum Laude: 3.794
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.772
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.525
    Cum Laude: 3.772
    Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.769
    Cum Laude in Field: 3.511
    Cum Laude: 3.769