Who is eligible for the distinction program?

Eligible students are invited to participate in the economics distinction program in their junior year.  Students studying abroad during the junior year are also considered for the program.  Invitation letters are sent to eligible students in March, prior to registration for fall classes.  Invited students may meet with the program director before registration to decide if the program is right for them.

 

              Given the rigors of writing a thesis, students are invited based on their likelihood to complete the program successfully.  At a minimum, by January of the junior year, students must have declared economics as a major, must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.3, and must have a cumulative grade point average within the major of at least 3.0.  In recent years, however, the grade point averages of invited students have been well above these thresholds.   Invitations are also based on the depth and breadth of completed coursework in economics, specifically ECN 505 (Mathematical Economics), ECN 521 (Economics Statistics), ECN 522 (Econometric Methods), and 400-level field courses.  A student may also demonstrate aptitude through previous quantitative research experience through independent study, an internship, or as a research assistant.

When are students chosen for the program?

Students are chosen for distinction in economics during spring semester of their junior year. Students studying abroad during the junior year are also considered for the program. Letters inviting students to participate in the program are sent to eligible students in March, prior to registration for fall classes. Invited students may meet with the Distinction Program Director before registration to decide if the program is right for them.

Note: The distinction program is open to students majoring in economics alone, or as a double or dual major. The program is selective and students must meet the academic criteria described above. If you think you might meet these criteria and are interested in the program, contact Professor Perry Singleton (psinglet@maxwell.syr.edu) for further inquiry.