Departmental Honors The departmental honors program is open to outstanding economics majors, typically in their junior year. After consulting with a faculty member willing to supervise their research, students must enroll in the department’s honors courses, Reading for Honors (ECON 498) and Senior Honors Thesis (ECON 499). These courses are in addition to those required for the major. University requirements for graduating with departmental honors include an overall grade point average of 3.20 and at least 7 credit hours in departmental honors courses. Interested students should contact the economics Undergraduate Director for further information.