Jul 22, 2024  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2024-25

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

Major code BS1961*

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

Daniel Karney, 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 Bachelor of Science degree from the Honors Tutorial College.

*This program was previously BS1910 which awarded the Bachelor of Science in Economics degree. Pending Board of Trustees approval (anticipated June 2024), the new program code will be BS1961 and will award the Bachelor of Science effective the 2024-25 catalog year.


Students are required to complete eight tutorials, including two devoted to the thesis. In addition to the tutorials, students must complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW), 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 academic ability and the potential for self-motivated study and research. Applicants typically are required to submit additional essays, and an interview with the director of studies is required for admission. More information, including materials and deadlines, is available at www.ohio.edu/honors/tutorial-college/apply.

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. 

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. 

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

Earn at least 120 semester hours and maintain a GPA of 3.5 or higher overall.

University English Composition Requirement

Complete one Written Communication course (ENG 1510 ) and one Advanced Writing course (FAW).

Quantitative Skills Requirement

Complete the University’s Quantitative Reasoning Requirement. More information can be found by viewing the OHIO BRICKS  page (see Quantitative Reasoning heading within “Foundations Requirements”).

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.