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Departmental Honors

Miami University and the Farmer School of Business are committed to facilitating and supporting undergraduate research, and the economics department achieves this goal largely through its departmental honors program. Recent honors theses have addressed a variety of topics, including:

• Effectiveness of state laws on child obesity.
• Pay and performance in the NBA.
• The business cycle and college enrollment.
• Banking and agriculture in antebellum America.
• The Bakken oil fields and education.
• Guns and crime.

Fpr the departmental honors program, high-achieving students are identified in the spring of their junior year, and interested students are matched with advisors appropriate for their topics. Research starts in the summer and continues through the fall semester. Students conclude by presenting senior theses in the middle of the spring semester at our honors conference.

An original undergraduate research experience showcases both the analytical abilities and empirical skills of a student, attributes that are highly valued by many prospective employers and graduate schools. It also offers a rare chance to work closely and at length with a faculty member. As former honors students attest, though, the greatest payoff is the growth that comes in the transition from being a consumer to a producer of knowledge.

Titles and abstracts of previous senior honors theses are available by year:

The program runs parallel with the University Honors program, and successful completion of departmental honors satisfies the Tier 3 requirement in University Honors.

For additional information on the departmental honors program or to review past honors theses, please contact our Honors Coordinator Professor Charles Moul at moulcc@miamioh.edu.