Departmental honors are awarded to students who have earned a grade point average in the major of at least 3.5 and completed a minimum of 12 semester hours in any combination of seminar, independent study, tutorial, and bachelor's essay. The bachelor’s essay is required. Satisfactory completion of the bachelor's essay entitles the candidate to six semester hours of credit. The remaining six hours may be in any combination of seminar, independent study, or tutorial. For example, a student may complete ECON 400 and FINC 410 to satisfy the additional 6 hours required, or ECON 400 and an independent study.