Jun 16, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2020-21 [Archived Catalog]

Economics (B.S. in Economics) [offered through Honors Tutorial College]

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Major code BS1910

Honors Tutorial College  
35 Park Place
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.2723
Fax: 740.593.9521

Tia McDonald, director of studies/contact person

Program Overview

The program provides tutorial study in economics. Microeconomics, macroeconomics, and economic field electives constitute the core of the program.

The HTC program in economics offers exceptional students the opportunity to study the many aspects of economics in one-on-one relationships with the Department of Economics faculty members. Maximum opportunities will be afforded for students to progress well beyond the material found in conventional courses. The primary purpose of the tutorial program is to serve as preparation for graduate study. Students will receive a degree of Bachelor of Science in Economics from the Honors Tutorial College.


Students are required to complete eight tutorials, including two devoted to the thesis. In addition to the tutorials, students must complete the Tier I English requirement, economics core courses not covered by tutorials, and an appropriate number of approved electives. Internships and/or study abroad may be included within the program with special permission from the director of studies. Honors Tutorial students take a minimum of 15 hours per semester.

A typical tutorial will meet on a weekly basis for a minimum of one hour. The student and the tutor will discuss the current reading and written assignments, discuss problems and solutions, debate and offer critical analysis, and the tutor continuously evaluates the progress of the student. A final grade is made based on many facets of evaluation to the tutor: written assignments, written exams, oral exams, discussions, presentations by the student, field work, etc.

The Honors Thesis

The honors thesis is a reflection of the student’s special interests. Its acceptance, dependent upon an appropriate mixture of research and analysis, relies upon the judgment of his or her thesis advisor and the director of studies. It is expected that this will constitute work of the highest quality in investigating a problem of concern to both scholars and practitioners. It is expected that the thesis will showcase the student’s original work, whether through a thorough investigation of the literature that reveals future research questions or an empirical analysis that seeks to answer an existing well-defined resarch question. Additionally, it is expected that students will conduct their research without bias and with academic and professional integrity.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

Students are selected by the director of studies of the economics tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College on the basis of superior ability and sustained motivation. We look for good scores on standardized tests (30 composite score on the ACT or a combined score of 1300 on the SAT), but we also require a good high school record (class standing in the top 10%). An interview with the director of studies is required for acceptance into our program. Recommendations from two high school teachers are strongly recommended. The personalized aspects of the tutorial system occasionally makes it possible for us to accept students who have not performed well on standardized measures of ability but who demonstrate exceptional aptitude in other ways. The priority deadline for application for admission is November 15th, and admission interviews are held in January.

Change of Program Policy

First-year students at Ohio University may apply to transfer into the economics tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is November 15th.

External Transfer Policy

First-year students at another institution may also apply to transfer into the economics tutorial program and the Honors Tutorial College. These students must meet the same entrance requirements as entering freshmen. The priority deadline for application is November 15th.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students are prepared for graduate study in economics or a related field. Students are also prepared to work in a variety of jobs in the private sector or in government.



HTC Grade Requirements

Maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one First-Year Composition course (1E) and one Junior Composition course (1J).

HTC Seminar

First-year students must complete the following course:

Transfer students

Transfer students may substitute an HC special topics seminar for their HC 2500 requirement.

Non-Thesis Tutorials Component

 Complete six non-thesis tutorials.

Thesis Tutorials Component

 Complete two thesis tutorials.

HTC Thesis Requirement

Approval of a completed thesis or professional project by the advisor, director of studies, and Dean of the College.

Economics Component

Complete the following courses:

Other Coursework

 Complete 75 hours of coursework as advised by the director of studies.

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