Department of Economics


All economics concentrators are encouraged to complete a capstone project in their senior year.


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 Thorpe

    Kelsey Thorpe

    Undergraduate Program Coordinator
    Robinson Hall 103B
  • Kareen Rozen

    Kareen Rozen

    Professor of Economics
    Office: Robinson Hall Room 102A
    Office Hours:
  • Alex Poterack

    Alex Poterack

    Steven Rattner Lecturer in Economics, Vice Director of Undergraduate Studies
    Office: 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 (