Students are required to complete 8 tutorials within The College of Arts and Sciences, including 2 devoted to the thesis for 3 credit hours each. In addition to the tutorials, the student must complete the Tier I English requirement, Junior Composition, Economics core courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the Director of Studies (credit will only be given once). Honors Tutorial students take a minimum of 16 hours per quarter.
Each student receives initial advice from the Director of Studies regarding selection and sequencing of courses, choice of a thesis advisor, and other procedural matters. A committee is composed of the Director of Studies and the Advisor will monitor the thesis work. A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation available to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, field work, etc.
The Honors Thesis is a reflection of the student's special interests. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of his or her committee or the Director of Studies. It is expected that this major paper will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. Although an intensive study of relevant theoretical and research literatures is the underpinning of the thesis, students are encouraged to augment this scholarly base with field data whenever possible.
Students throughout the program earn letter grades consistent with the university grading system and are expected to maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who earn less than a B, or who maintain less than a 3.5 GPA will need to confer with the Director of Studies and/or the Dean of the College. In addition to letter grade assessments, tutors complete quarterly course descriptions and evaluations of each student's work. In these assessments both the student's academic standing and academic attitude are evaluated.
Students are selected by the Director of Studies of the Economics Tutorial Program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score of 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%). An interview with a representative of the College of Arts and Sciences is required for acceptance into our program.
Recommendations from two high school teachers are strongly recommended.The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally make it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways.
The deadline for application for admission is December 1st, and admission interviews are held in January.
Department of Economics
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