ECO 498 Undergraduate Research provides an opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience in research under the supervision of a faculty member. The first step is to find a professor with whom the student can work on a research project. The Director of Undergraduate Studies must then approve the project.
To be considered for undergraduate research, students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have completed ECO 405 Microeconomic Theory, ECO 407 Macroeconomic Theory, and ECO 480 Econometrics I.
ECO 499 Independent Study is intended to assist a student in pursuing a specific knowledge area in economics when no course in that area is currently offered, or when depth in that area beyond the course offerings is desired. To apply, a student must have at least a B average in his or her economics courses. There must be a well-formulated project and/or an outline of a course of study, and a prior agreement with a particular faculty member who will supervise the work.
ECO 495 Undergraduate Supervised Teaching is a way for students to serve as undergraduate teaching assistants. Application forms are available outside the Department Office (415 Fronczak Hall). Teaching assistants have responsibility for recitation sections in ECO 181 and ECO 182, preparing and grading quizzes, maintaining student records and participating in the preparation of final grades.
ECO 496 allows students to obtain credit for paid or unpaid work in a company or government agency. The internship must be in a field related to economics, and your duties cannot be solely administrative or only involve data entry. You must obtain prior approval from the director of undergraduate studies. The internship supervisor must send the director a detailed description of your duties and expectations. You must maintain a weekly diary of activities and compile a report at the conclusion of the internship outlining your experiences and how they relate to economics.
Students that have satisfied the following requirements are eligible for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international honors society in economics: economics and overall GPAs of at least 3.0; and at least 12 credits in economics courses.
The Economics Department will nominate for Honors in Economics majors who have taken ECO 406 Topics in Microeconomics and whose GPA in Economics is at least 3.25 (Honors), 3.50 (High Honors) or 3.75 (Highest Honors).