All economics concentrators are encouraged to complete a capstone project in their senior year. A capstone project is a culminating opportunity to synthesize and apply the tools and knowledge they have gained in the discipline. For students undertaking an ScB in computer science-economics, the capstone must comprise a capstone course in either the computer science department or the economics department. Capstones in economics can take the following form:
- Honors Thesis
- Research Assistantship
- Teaching Assistantship
- Concentration-Related Internship
- Capstone Course:
- 1255 Unemployment: Models and Policies
- 1355 Environmental Issues in Development
- 1385 Intergenerational Poverty in America
- 1400 The Economics of Mass Media
- 1430 The Economics of Social Policy
- 1450 Economic Organizations and Systems
- 1530 Health, Hunger, and the Household
- 1565 Income Inequality
- 1660 Big Data
- 1680 Machine Learning, Text Analysis, and Economics
- 1720 Corporate Finance
- 1780 Advanced Topics in Corporate Finance
- 1805 Economics in the Laboratory
- 1825 Behavioral Economics and Public Policy
All seniors doing capstones must fill out this Capstone Recognition Form by May 1st.
Honors at the university level (Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) are determined by the College based on a student’s grades. Honors within the department is based on the completion of an honors thesis. Outside of Brown, there is an international honors society for economics, Omicron Delta Epsilon. Students who receive six or more A’s in economics courses before their senior year are invited to join ODE.
For questions about honors and other capstones, please reach out to the following people.
Kelsey ThorpeUndergraduate Program CoordinatorRobinson Hall 103B
Steven Rattner Lecturer in Economics, Vice Director of Undergraduate StudiesOffice: Robinson Hall Room 212
Office Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12pm and 1:30pm-2:30pm; Thursdays 2pm-3pm
Vice-DUS: Mondays 3pm-4pm
ECON/ENVS 1350: Wednesdays 10:50am-11:50am
ECON 1110: Wednesdays 3pm-4pm
1350 and 1110: Fridays 10:50am-11:50am
Office hours will be both in person (Robinson 212) and on Zoom (https://brown.zoom.us/my/poterack).