The distinction program is comprised of two courses: ECN
495(Economic Thesis I) and ECN 496(Economic Thesis II), which are scheduled in
the fall and spring semesters, respectively.
In ECN 496, students execute their research plans, present their
work-in-progress, and write their theses.
Special instruction is given on thesis and technical writing. At the end of the semester, students present
their work during the Maxwell Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship, which
includes a seminar in the economics department and a poster session in the
This seminar is designed to meet the specific needs of students
and their research projects. As such, the
course must be flexible to address the questions and needs of each student as
they arise. Seminar participants are
required to attend class and to participate actively in seminar discussions. A
participant must notify the instructor IN ADVANCE if he or she
must miss a class for unavoidable reasons. The instructor can always be
contacted by email. Unexcused seminar absences will result in a lower course
Share of Final Grade
As always, students will be held to the highest
standards of academic honesty: For thesis writers, academic honesty issues go
beyond the familiar prohibition against cheating on exams and
assignments. Proper treatment of the words and ideas of others, citation
methods, and how to incorporate previous research into our own work while
giving credit to the creators of this work has been discussed in ECN 495.
Please ask the instructor if you have any doubts about the proper way to credit
the contributions of others.
In compliance with section 504 of the Americans with
Disabilities Act, Syracuse University is committed to full participation by
students with disabilities. If you feel that you need academic accommodations
due to a disability, you should immediately register with the Office of
Disability Services (ODS) at 804 University Ave., Room 303, 443-4498 or
443-1371 (TDD only). ODS is the Syracuse University office that authorizes
special accommodations for students with disabilities.
We will be reading material from economics scholarly journals,
work in progress, and work by each other. These materials are freely available
through the library website or from each other. Accordingly, seminar
participants will need access to an Acrobat reader, either on a personal
computer or at a campus cluster. Each participant also needs access to
PowerPoint, again either on a personal computer or at a campus cluster. We will
discuss access to other software as we progress.