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 2021 Ec Honors Exam was held April 8, 12pm ET - April 9, 12pm ET 2021 (24 hours), and is now closed. 

    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 2020 degree period.  

    • 2020 Summa Cum Laude in Field: 3.956
      Magna Cum Laude in Field: 3.853
      Cum Laude in Field: 3.655
      Cum Laude: 3.853

    Latin honors cutoffs from past years:

      • 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

      • 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