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Information for Majors Interested in Research Classes and
Juniors Interested in Undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis
Many economics majors are interested in making research
experience a part of their major. There are several ways to accomplish this
- A number of elective classes in economics require a research paper. This can
be a very good introduction to the research process because the selection of a
topic, definition of the paper's structure, and research mentoring are built
into the class. Economics classes that require a research paper are designated
with a * on the semester class schedule published by the department.
- A research paper is often part of the requirements of a Special Topics
(Economics 193) class. Since the content and requirements of these classes are
constructed on a case-by-case basis, it would be up to the student and their
faculty sponsor to agree on a research topic and the extent of the research
requirement for the class. An
independent study form must be completed and submitted to the Economics
- Seniors who wish to undertake a one-semester research project may do so by
undertaking a Senior Thesis (Economics 194) class. Every Senior Thesis must have
a faculty member from the Economics Department as an advisor and supervisor. The
credit awarded for a Senior Thesis will vary according to the scope of the
project. A senior thesis form must be completed and submitted to the Economics office.
- Seniors who wish to undertake a more formally organized, two-semester
research project may do so by undertaking a Senior Honors Thesis (Economics 195
and 196) class. This is a larger and more complex research project that requires
certain advance preparations. The regulations are described in the Bulletin of
Tufts University under the heading Thesis Honors Program (page 51 of the
2001-2002 edition) or in the online version at
These regulations specify that by the end of your junior year you must have:
- qualified for the Dean's List at least twice.
- identified an Economics faculty member who agrees to chair your thesis
committee and serve as your primary thesis advisor.
- worked with your primary thesis advisor to choose a specific thesis topic.
Senior thesis students please note:
Tisch Library offers Research for Success: Using the Library for
Thesis and Capstone Projects (EXP 19), an 8-week mini-course to
assist senior thesis writers with the research process. You will
learn the major research tools and techniques specific to your
subject area, develop a working bibliography of resources and a plan
for continuing your research. For more information, please see the
Tisch library listing.
By the end of the first two weeks of the Fall Term you
must submit the
Senior Honors Thesis Agreement form and the A&S Thesis Honors Candidate form
to the Economics office and Dowling Hall.