The Department Honors Program is open to all majors in the Department of Economics and is an opportunity for outstanding students to pursue their interests in greater depth by researching a topic of their choice. It is also an opportunity to interact more closely with faculty than is possible in regular courses.

Requirements for Admission

To apply for the Honors Program, you must:

  1. Be officially accepted into the Economics or the Business Economics major.
  2. Have a minimum 3.5 GPA in Economics 11, 101, 102, 103 and 103L.
  3. Have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  4. Print out and complete the Departmental Honors Program Application found on the bottom of this website.
  5. Print a Degree Audit (DPR).
  6. Scan and Upload Items 4 and 5 via the MyUCLA Message Center with the Subject Heading: Department Honors Program Application.

Requirements for Honors at Graduation

To receive Departmental Honors upon graduating, a student must:

  1. Have completed:
    • Five upper-division economics courses chosen from the approved list of honors courses
    • Economics 198A and
    • Economics 198B.
  2. have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and
  3. have a 3.5 GPA or higher in the upper-division courses required for Departmental Honors.

Economics 198A/198B can be used as two Economics Electives towards the major. Economics 198A/198B must be taken over two consecutive quarters, Fall/Winter, or Winter/Spring combination only. No units or grade points will be granted unless both Economics 198A and 198B are completed.

Writing the Thesis

Students should think of the thesis as a “big term paper,” requiring an amount of effort equivalent to two upper-division courses. The typical thesis is around 30 to 40 pages in length, however there is no fixed requirement. The length is determined by what is necessary to do justice to the topic and meet the standards of the student’s Honors advisor.

Students should begin the process of choosing a topic before they enroll in Economics 198A. The best way to proceed is to be thinking of interesting research questions while taking other upper division Economics courses. When you get an idea for the topic, ask the professor teaching the course if the topic is feasible. If the answer is yes and you feel that you have established a good working relationship with this professor, ask him or her to be your thesis advisor.

Highest Honors Program

Highest Honors are awarded to students who complete their UCLA scholarship with a minimum 3.9 cumulative grade point average.

Courses Qualifying for Honors in Economics

Departmental Honors Program Application

Please direct all questions regarding this program to Julie Plotkin in our Economics Undergraduate Advising Office.